Why do people fear the dentist? We often see children and adults that struggle with fear when they come into the office. How can you prepare your child to visit the dentist, without causing them to be afraid? Use the following tips to prepare your children for their next visit to the dentist.
For toddlers and preschoolers, you can teach them basic oral education. There are several children’s books on the market that teach children about teeth. Reading a story with them is a great way to explain what they can expect when they visit the dentist.
Teach Oral Hygiene
When a child doesn’t need to receive a filling, they are less likely to fear the dentist. Teach your children of the importance of daily brushing so they reduce the risk of cavities. Take your child to the store to pick out a special toothbrush. This is a great way to motivate them to brush their teeth. We recommend using electric toothbrushes for children as they can assist in reducing the amount of bacteria around the teeth and gums. Make brushing your teeth a fun routine. Some parents use sticker charts to reward their children for daily brushing. Determine what will work for your children to help them remember to brush their teeth each day.
Visiting the Dentist
Our staff will make your children’s visit fun and exciting. We know children are naturally nervous or scared about new situations. We work hard to help them be relaxed when they are sitting in the chair. We provide comfortable seating for children and we have fun rewards and prizes for kids that do a great job in the chair.
Contact Oral Health Center today to book your child’s first dental visit and start them on the road to a healthier mouth (801)969-1800!