Is Your Child Anxious about the Dentist? Here's How You Can Help!
Children have a natural sense of curiosity and love to learn! Most times, anxiety about something is either inherited from someone they know or a basic fear of the unknown.
We want to make your child’s visit to the dentist a great one. Here are some tips from Jonesboro, AR dentists, Dr. Harmon and Dr. Burris, that will help your child acclimate to the dental environment.
Don’t Pass on Your Fears to Your Child
Dentistry has changed a lot since you were a kid! We know more now about how to relate to children and how to ensure a painless experience. If you had a bad experience in the past, there's no need to share it with your child.
Using negative language can pass fears on to your little one. Use positive language about their dental visit instead. We will make it fun, comfortable, and enjoyable. We would also love the opportunity to turn your experience around by giving you great care, as well!
Avoid Scary Language
When discussing a trip to the dentist with your child, choosing appropriate terminology will help them stay relaxed and cooperative. Avoid saying things like, “hurt," "drill,” or “shot.” We will use non-threatening language to describe your child’s care and demonstrate some of what they can expect, supporting a stress-free visit.
Develop Good Habits at Home
As parents, you hold the power when it comes to making regular home care a part of your child’s routine. Through brushing their teeth, flossing, and learning about good oral hygiene, your child will grow accustomed to having a toothbrush and hands near their mouth. This will take some of the fear of dentistry out of the equation and help build trust.
You can also entice your child with small rewards for good oral hygiene, and we will do the same with a prize at the end of their appointment!
If you would like a Jonesboro, AR dentist to provide outstanding dental care for your entire family, give us a call! We welcome patients of all ages!