Dental anxiety is a common problem for children. In fact, it is estimated that about one-third of all children experience some level of dental anxiety. Avoiding the dentist can lead to issues such poor oral hygiene, and even tooth decay. If your child is struggling with dental anxiety, don’t worry – there are things you can do to help them overcome it! At Mountain West Dental Specialists, we specialize in pediatric dentistry and have a few tips to offer parents from our experience in the field.
Take your child to the dentist at a young age
Taking your child to the dentist as soon as their first tooth appears or by their first birthday sets the stage for a lifetime of healthy dental habits. It can also help prevent the development of dental anxiety or phobias, as familiar and positive experiences with a dentist from a young age can alleviate fear or discomfort during future appointments.
Help your child feel comfortable at their appointments
Try to schedule appointments when your child is in good spirits and well-rested. It’s also good to familiarize them with the office before their appointment by looking at pictures online or even stopping by for a quick tour.
During the appointment, try to keep things positive and explain procedures in kid-friendly language. And don’t forget to bring their favorite toy or comfort item for reassurance. Taking these steps can help make future appointments go more smoothly for your little one.
Explain the different procedures that will be taking place to prepare them
Going to the dentist can be a nerve-wracking experience for anyone, but it doesn’t have to be that way! Before your child’s visit, take some time to sit down and explain why going to the dentist is essential. Then, when it comes time for x-rays or cleanings, explain the process in a way that helps them understand and let your child know that any discomfort will only be temporary. Let them know that the dentist and assistant help keep their smile healthy and bright.
Find a dentist that specializes in children’s dentistry
One of the best ways to help your child feel comfortable with dental visits is to look for a dentist who specializes in children’s dentistry. At Mountain West Dental Specialists, families can expect a kid-friendly atmosphere with special equipment designed for small mouths and hands-on activities to help promote good oral hygiene. Drs. Keaton and Allison Tomlin have specific training and expertise in treating young patients and ensuring a positive dental experience. In addition, finding a children’s specialist can set your child up for a lifetime of happy and healthy smiles.
Mountain West’s Pediatric Dentists Make Dental Visits Fun for Your Little Ones
The dental professionals at Mountain West Dental Specialists specialize in pediatric dentistry and have years of experience helping children feel comfortable at their dental visits. As a member of the Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Tomlin is ready to help ease your little ones into their first dental appointment.
Book your child’s free consultation with us today! We can’t wait to help you brighten that smile.