There’s nothing better than seeing a child’s smile light up a room. While parents understand the importance of keeping that smile healthy by regularly visiting the dentist, some children are a bit apprehensive about making that visit.
There Are Many Potential Causes For A Child’s Dental Anxiety
There may be several reasons why your little one isn’t too excited about visiting the dentist. It could be fear of the unknown, or maybe a friend or a sibling has told them a scary story about what happens during a dental visit. A parent’s own apprehension about visiting the dentist can even influence their child’s opinion about their upcoming dental exam.
Whatever the case may be, we want to help you prepare your child for his or her upcoming visit and help relieve some of that stress!
Try These Tips To Help Prepare For Their Next Visit
Start early. The Australasian Academy of Paediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends children see the dentist by their first birthday or whenever teeth appear. Not only is this important to ensure their teeth and gums are healthy,
Explain what will happen during their visit. Fear of the unknown can be a significant contributor to stress leading up to a child’s dental visit. When you explain the basics of what will happen during their visit, they’ll know what to expect when they arrive at the dentist’s office.
Stress Can Affect Your Child’s Oral Health
Not only will decreased stress make their appointment more enjoyable, but lower overall stress will help their oral health too!
Studies have shown that children who experience greater levels of stress than their peers tend to develop a greater number of dental caries. High levels of stress increase the
Stress can come from any number of sources in a child’s life. It may be the result of a big move or it could be caused by pressures at school such as difficult classwork or trouble with friends. Whatever the source, if you notice your child seems stressed, there are plenty of ways to help such as:
We Can Help Your Child Have An Enjoyable Visit
As your child continues to grow, we want to ensure they develop a happy, healthy smile. We strive to help them feel comfortable during their visit so they can develop good oral health habits for a lifetime. If you have any questions about how you can prepare your child for their next appointment, let us know! We’d love to help you prepare them for the most enjoyable visit possible.
Thank you for being a part of our practice family.
The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.
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