Dental fear is so pervasive in our society, and unfortunately our media – even TV shows and movies aimed toward children! – promotes these negative feelings!
The good news is that we can stop this cycle in its tracks, and it's never too late.
The first step is to consider carefully what messages you have been giving your child about the dentist. Are you yourself afraid of the dentist? We understand if you are, but you will want to be careful not to unintentionally communicate your anxieties to your child. This can sometimes turn up in the language that you use. Children are quick to pick up on their parents' worries!
At your child's first appointment, we will take the time to get to know your child and introduce them to our practice and the people who work here. We'll help your child see that dentists aren't mean and scary; we're actually very nice people who want to help you have beautiful teeth and a healthy smile!
We'll work at your child's pace and won't proceed with treatment until they feel comfortable. Kids are naturally curious, and we are often able to use this to help them become more relaxed! We'll tell them about the instruments we use and let them look at their teeth with mirrors.
If you have any concerns about preparing your child, please don't hesitate to call us. We can share books and other resources that can help you and your child feel good about your next visit!