Some kids love going to the dentist because of the attention they get and even seem to enjoy having their teeth cleaned. Some children are also excited by getting a new toothbrush or a toy after visiting the dentist. Conversely, many children won’t enjoy visiting their dentist. In fact, some children may even bite their dentist because they’re scared.
If you have a child with dental anxiety, there are a few things you can do to help. One thing you should do is take your child to the dentist at an early age. Typically, we recommend scheduling your child’s first dental appointment about six months after their first tooth comes in. This will give them time to adjust to dental visits. Another important thing you can do is avoid speaking negatively about the dentist and letting your dentist explain treatments your child may need.
However, while you shouldn’t try to explain treatments to your child, you should teach your little one about the importance of oral health. Please help your little one understand that a dentist will help them keep their teeth healthy and strong. You should also try to stay relaxed when you visit our dentist. Otherwise, your child could be tense.
Finally, please remember to be understanding. If your child struggles with visiting the dentist, please comfort and support them. If you’d like to learn more about how you can help your child with dental anxiety, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 916.784.1700. Dr. Wong and our team will be happy to answer any questions you have. We’re excited to hear from you soon.