Fear Of Dentists
Do you know that if you have a fear of dentists, you will probably pass that fear on to your kids? Children pick up on their parent's anxiety and assume if you're scared, they should be too. Kids need to have positive experiences at the dentist — you should check out Kool Smiles.
Get a Positive Start to Dental Care
A child's first dental visit will set the tone for their relationship with dentists. At Kool Smiles, we couldn't agree more.
Preparing to Visit the Dentist
Before you bring your child to the dentist for the first time, try some of these ideas at home:
- Read a book— gather information together about going to the dentist
- Play dentist—lean back in a recliner and take turns being the doctor and the patient
- Visit the dentist—Drop by the office before your appointment so it feels familiar to your child
When You Come to Kool Smiles
When your kids come to Kool Smiles, they will get to play with games, books, toys, and videos to help them learn about keeping their smiles healthy. Some of our offices even have a playground for younger children to play on.
Additionally, our dentists help calm your child down by using a "tell, show, do" method—we sit down with you and your child and explain what's going to happen before we do it.
Parents are welcome to come into the examination room with their kids during the appointment or, in some offices, they can watch from a separate viewing room. We'll work with you to make sure you and your child are comfortable.
Tips for Relieving Your Child's Fear of Dentists
It may surprise you to know that if you are afraid of the dentist, chances are good your kids will be too. Work on managing your own fear so the kids don't pick up on it.
- Don't tell your children you're afraid
- Don't let anyone tell them stories about bad experiences
- No teasing about what might happen
- Avoid words like pain, needle, or drill
Schedule an Appointment at Kool Smiles Today
Make an appointment at Kool Smiles to get quality dental care for your children. We accept Medicaid and TRICARE, plus we're open on Saturdays.
Fox News: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/02/23/afraid-dentist-tips-to-calm-your-childs-dental-fears/