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Ease Your Child's Fear of the Dentist

Posted on 3/21/2022 by Ranches Family Dental
Ease Your Child's Fear of the DentistIt can be difficult to get children to cooperate. It is critical for parents to make their children feel at ease with their dental professionals and to schedule frequent cleanings and exams, especially in the COVID age. Dental clinics will be reopening shortly, so now is a good time to learn a few strategies for calming your child's concerns.

Keeping it Simple

Before they leave, your child should be able to tell you everything about their session, but for technical explanations, it's best to leave it to the dentist. A dental expert should be able to explain processes to a youngster in simple terms and answer any questions he or she may have. If your child develops anxiety, they will know how to cope with it now. In fact, there are a host of pediatric dentists that specialize in getting youngsters acquainted with and comfortable with frequent dental appointments!

Give a Heads Up

Children thrive on predictability. From daily routines to bedtimes, they like to know what to expect. Please inform your child of their dental appointment in advance. As a result, they can mentally prepare by expressing their concerns or asking questions. Consequently, you will have ample time to assist them.

Bribery Isn't The Answer

If your youngster is offered ice cream or cookies, he or she may be willing to eat their veggies. Experts advise avoiding sugary foods totally if you want your youngster to be ready for their dentist checkup. Dentists stress clean, healthy teeth by avoiding sugary treats that might promote cavities, so rewarding good behavior with a lollipop sends the opposite message. If you offer your child sweets to prevent them from weeping or fussing, they will ask why they are fussing or crying in the first place. This might increase anxiety in the days leading up to the appointment. As an incentive for exemplary conduct, some dentists offer out tiny items such as stickers or toys. It's ideal to preserve these rewards as positive reinforcement for excellent behavior.
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