Father’s Day and Mother’s Day might be behind us, but that doesn’t mean your children stop looking up to you as their role model! They know that their parents aren’t afraid of anything, including scary dentists. Help your child get over their dental anxiety by taking them along when you go to get your dental cleaning done!
For many people, going to the dentist may not be something to smile about. In fact, it can be a dread-inducing event. It’s easy to understand how being examined under a bright light in an unfamiliar room isn’t a very enjoyable experience. For some people, however, this fear goes beyond just stress and anxiety. It may be so terrifying that they’re unwilling to have anything to do with a dentist. Not seeing a dentist is a risky business when it comes to your oral health. Although regular brushing and flossing is great for prevention, it won’t do much to catch and treat more severe dental issues. Those with dental phobia who avoid the dentist at all costs are at higher risk for gum disease, tooth decay, and a myriad of other problems. Many cases of dental phobia can stem from developing a poor perception of a dental checkup right from childhood. A traumatic experience early in life can have long lasting impacts. For this reason, we strive hard to make sure your child feels welcome, safe, and comfortable whenever they come into our office.
Setting the Example
Young children look up to their parents! They may have some initial fear of the dentist, but this can be dispelled by watching their brave parents get their cleaning done. At home, do your part to not make a big fuss out of a visit to the dentist’s office. Treat it as something fun and casual instead of something to be apprehensive about. Encouraging a positive mindset now will ensure that your child continues to receive regular dental checkups. Establish and enforce strong oral hygiene routines. For example, you may want to set aside some time right before bedtime and dedicate it to brushing and flossing. If your child is having trouble, you should floss for them until they’re old enough to do so themselves. Make sure that you also take good care of your teeth! Children are more likely to brush their teeth regularly if they see their parents are doing the same.
Show your child that the dentist is nothing to be afraid of! We know we’ve done our job well when we see your child enter and leave with a smile on their face! Ready to book an appointment? Call us at 587-353-5060 or check out the rest of our website to learn more.