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“While the good intention is certainly there, parents often set their children up for a fearful visit to the dentists.” Parents who are afraid of visiting their dentist are most likely passing on that fear to their children. This keeps them from getting important routine dental checkups to promote healthy teeth and good oral health habits. Parents usually have a tough time getting their children out of the door and into a dentist’s office. They find it takes a lot of consoling, bribing and assuring. While the good intention is certainly there, parents often set their children up for a fearful visit to the dentists. For those looking to prepare their children for a less traumatic experience, there are plenty of ways to lower levels of anxiety and possibly make the dentist’s office a place for your child to look forward to. There are plenty of things children are afraid of: the monster under their bed, a bad report card or the dark. The dentist shouldn’t be one of those fears.

meets them is certainly a great way to ease your own anxieties.

Below are six steps to ensure an easy trip to the dentist for you and your child:

Step Three: Remember the ultimate goal

Step One: Find a good match

Look on the bright side. You’re taking your child to the dentist with the goal of maing sure that your child’s oral health is right where it should be, on track for a lifelong, healthy smile. It’s vital to let your child know exactly that. You’re visiting the dentist because it is his or her job to ensure that things are just as they should be. As a parent, you’re doing the right thing by safeguarding your child’s oral health, which is a major contributor to their overall health.

The first step is finding the right pediatric dentist to fit your child’s personality. Looking up your child’s potential dentist online shouldn’t be difficult and finding a couple of insightful patient testimonials shouldn’t be either. Read a handful of reviews and you should get a good look at the dentist’s bedside manner before meeting them. If the majority of reviews claim that the dentist is very straightforward and less than sympathetic towards a fussy patient, you may find that’s the best personality to work with your child. Perhaps a dentist’s review show him or her to be the opposite, warm and gentle with compassion towards your child’s every fear. Either way, knowing a little bit more about the physician before your child


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Step Two: Put your own anxieties aside Often times, parents’ own anxieties can be picked up by their children. It’s best for parents to limit details, but to answer any of their child’s questions they may have. These answers should be simple and honest. Should the questions be difficult to answer in a way that may not be scary for a child, it’s best to leave those for the dentist. Remember that dentists, especially pediatric dentists, are trained to explain things to children in an easy, non-threatening way. It’s also important to keep in mind that certain words like “hurt” and “pain” should be avoided in any conversation regarding a dentist visit.

Step Four: Be honest It’s important to comfort and reassure your child, but the most important thing you can do is to be honest. Sometimes parents think that if they promise their child that they won’t be receiving a shot, it’ll ease their anxieties and get them

Healthy Living: Top Dentists - Winter 2016  
Healthy Living: Top Dentists - Winter 2016