Going to the dentist shouldn”t be a scary experience for children, but all too often, it”s downright frightening for little ones. That”s why parents should devote extra attention to selecting a dentist for their child “” particularly a pediatric dentist.
Some dental offices do not offer pediatric dentistry, while others do. When searching, you”ll want to look for “Pediatric Dentistry” or “Family Dentistry.” “General Dentistry” is another name to look for, and typically indicates that a dentist works on all age groups “” from youngsters to seniors.
Pediatric dentists usually have offices with bold, bright colors, and toys for children to play with while they wait. The dentists and the hygienists have experience dealing with children, many who are afraid to go to the dentist, especially for the first time. They know various tricks and techniques to help child relax, and to distract them from the loud noises.
Some dentists will tell jokes to lighten the mood. Other dentists will have an assistant in the room to hold your child”s hand and comfort them during their procedures. Some offices even offer music, movies, or cartoons to entertain your child during his or her visit. These are all things you can learn more about by asking around, and by surfing the web.
You can always ask the dentist or an assistant if your child can have a blanket during a visit. Often times the cold temperature at dentists” offices can make children even jitterier. A warm blanket can help your child relax.
Having a sibling go at the same time can help ease a younger child”s fears of going to the dentist, or if it”s a dentist”s office that practices general dentistry, as a parent, you can schedule to have your teeth cleaned at the same time. Just make sure your child is okay and comfortable before you go to your visit.
You can also ask the dentists” office is they have any children”s stories or picture books about going to the dentist. Sometimes these types of things can show that going to the dentist is a positive thing that everyone takes part in.
After your child”s visit, see if the dentists” office offers sugar free candy or stickers to reward children for being brave during their visit.
These are just some of the ways you can ease your child”s fears of going to the dentist, and also ways that going to a pediatric dentist is fun.