Many kids, and for that matter, no small number of adults will experience anxiety, or even fear over a visit to the dentist’s office. While dental anxiety is not uncommon, there are steps that you can take to help your child feel more comfortable about their appointment.
Your child’s first visit to the dentist should not be because he has a toothache or a damaged tooth. In fact, he should take his first trip to the dentist within six months after his first tooth comes in, but before his first birthday, if possible.
If your child’s first dental visit is coming up, consider taking him in to meet the dentist and see the office before the day of his appointment. Let him see the exam room and ask questions about the upcoming procedure. You can also read books and watch videos about visiting the dentist, and you can talk with your child about his concerns and fears. If your child is a little apprehensive on the day of his appointment, consider letting him bring a favorite small toy, stuffed animal, or blanket with him.
Don’t use a trip to the dentist as a threat or as a potential punishment. Instead, tell your child that the dentist will clean his teeth and make sure that his smile is healthy. A treat or a reward after a good trip to the dentist will also provide positive encouragement.
Our pediatric dentists, Dr. Trace M. Lund and Dr. Kevin R. Markham, and the entire staff at Provo Pediatric Dental would love to meet you and your child, and make you part of the family. If you live in the Provo, Utah, call 801.373.4200 today!