It is natural for kids to be frightened of dental visits. However, this should not lead to postponing or avoiding regular dental checkups as they can create problems for your child’s long-term dental health.
Planning your child’s first dental visit? Fear not, as you can turn their fear into curiosity and even excitement with some patience and preparation.
In this article, Dr. Young H. Kim at Lincolnway Dental Center in Aurora, Illinois, explains what you can do to make your child’s first dental visit anxiety-free.
Below are some tips to help you prepare yourself and your child for their first dental visit:
Choose an Experienced Pediatric Dentist
Pediatric dentists regularly deal with children. They know how to calm and treat a frightened child better than a dentist who specializes in dealing with adults.
A pediatric dentist knows fun ways to make the visit as comfortable as possible for both kids and parents. Also, their offices are specifically designed to be kid-friendly.
Remove the Fear of Unknown
Sometimes, your child may only be afraid of the unknown. So, make sure to speak to them about it. Tell them what they can expect from the dental visit, show them pictures and explain the benefits of dental care. You can even try some roleplay. All of this can significantly reduce their anxiety.
Stay With Your Child
Even if you prepared them, children can still be afraid of the dentist. One way to calm them is to stay by their side. You can even hold their hands or have them sit on your lap if the dentist agrees.
Do a Meet and Greet or Visit Early
Many pediatric dentists encourage meet-and-greet sessions before the actual dental appointment. This way, children can get acquainted with the environment and the people in the dental clinic. If this is not possible, arrive early for the appointment so you have time to fill in any paperwork and your child can get used to the place.
Explain the Importance of Dental Care
Explain the importance of the dental visit to your child. Chances are they will understand and become more willing to stay calm throughout their visit.
For more information on how to prepare your child for their first dental visit, contact Lincolnway Dental Center at (630) 897-1300 or visit us at 648 North Randall Road, Aurora, IL 60506.
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