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Learn How You Can Reduce the Chance That Your Child Will Feel Anxious About Visiting the Dentist
December 9, 2020
No one would argue that oral health care is not important, yet many parents are not aware of their role in setting their children up for a healthy life of visits to the dentist. Keep reading to learn how you can lower the chance that your child will end up feeling anxious when visiting the dentist, then contact California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161 if you are ready to make an appointment.
Determine What the Anxiety is About
Many parents assume that their child is afraid of the dentist when, in fact, it could be another fear altogether. For example, your child might feel anxious about going somewhere they have never been. They might be afraid that they will get separated from you. When you take the time to understand their specific worries, you can ensure that your method of reducing their anxiety is the right method.
Do Not Reschedule the Appointment
When your child is afraid to visit the dentist, it can be tempting to cancel their dental appointments or to reschedule them for such a time that your child is no longer afraid. This can lead to a cycle of additional issues that end up doing nothing but increase your child’s anxiety. When your child gets routine dental care, they can get used to seeing the dentist. Perhaps more importantly, by getting regular dental care your child is less likely to develop dental issues that can be painful and difficult to treat. The less pain and discomfort your child gets from the dentist, the better.
Be a Good Influence on Your Kids
Your children watch everything you do and often take their cue from you. Make sure that you are getting regular dental cleanings and exams. This will signify that they should take their oral care seriously too. In addition to letting them know that you also visit the dentist regularly, brush and floss with them. Show them how to do both properly.
Visit the Dentist with Your Children
If you choose a family dentistry practice like California Dental Group, we can see everyone in the family. This allows you to book your appointment on the same day as your child. Ideally, the entire family would come in on the same day to give your children the “all in it together” feeling. If everyone is doing it and no one else is nervous, they are likely to be less nervous.
Talk to Your Dentist
When you book your appointment, make sure you let us know that your child is either new to visiting the dentist or anxious about doing so. We always take extra steps to make everyone feel comfortable in our offices, and there are additional steps we can take for particularly nervous children and adults. Call now at (800) 407-0161 to make an appointment.