How To Eliminate Fear of the Dentist in Children

Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County I & II
Commack (631) 486-6364
Medford (631) 320-0880
www.SuperMolar.com

Is your child nervous or anxious about visiting the dentist? If the answer is yes, you're not alone! Whether it's their first trip to the dentist or a routine visit, many young patients express feelings of fear and distress before and during their appointment.

Although the office staff will work as hard as they can to help ease the stress of your child's visit, as a parent, it's your job to emphasize the importance of the dentist and reassure your child that we're here to help them, not hurt them!

The following are a few great tips that you can use as a parent to help your children overcome their fear of the dentist:
  1. Start Early: The sooner your child visits the dentist, the better! We suggest bringing your child to the dentist by the time they turn one to familiarize them with the environment and process of a routine cleaning.
  2. Use the Right Words: Avoid using words such as "shot," "hurt," or "pain" when talking about the dentist. Your office's staff has already prepared appropriate terms and vocabulary that are less intimidating so that your child feels comfortable during their visit.
  3. Make Believe: Before your child's first visit, consider a game of make believe where you're the dentist and they are the patient. Make sure to give your child a mirror so that they can see exactly what you're doing the whole time!
  4. Don't Relate: Although you might think sharing stories of your own will make your child less nervous, it could actually cause more fear if your experiences includes intense procedures.
  5. Educate: Take some time to explain the importance of good oral hygiene to your child. Put a positive spin on the dentist by explaining that a routine visit will give them a healthier, whiter smile, and explain that good oral hygiene is necessary for their overall health.
At Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County, our staff is dedicated to ensuring that your child has a pleasant, positive experience at the dentist. We strive to make sure your child feels comfortable during their visit, which is why we've designed our patient rooms to be both kid and family friendly. For more information on our practice or to schedule an appointment, contact us at (631) 486-6364 for our Commack office or (631) 320-0880 for our Medford office today!

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