Your Child’s First Dental Visit: Things a Parent Can Do to Make It Anxiety-Free

Your Child’s First Dental Visit: Things a Parent Can Do to Make It Anxiety-Free

Posted by NATURAL SMILES on Jan 4 2022, 07:19 AM

Your Child’s First Dental Visit: Things a Parent Can Do to Make It Anxiety-Free

Dental anxiety in children is a common phenomenon as dental visits or procedures can be quite scary for young patients. However, it needs to be managed at the earliest to prevent oral issues caused by neglecting dental care. 

Our dental care professionals at Natural Smiles Dental Center in Reston, Virginia, provide a safe and comfortable environment for children to overcome their dental anxiety. 

Below are some things you can do as a parent to make your child’s first dental visit anxiety-free:

Explain the Importance of a Dental Visit

Parents should educate their children about oral health. Your child should be aware of the importance of their teeth for smiling, biting, and chewing. 

Educate them about cavity-causing sugary foods and how a dentist can address dental issues in the best possible way. 

Be an Inspiration

Children grow up seeing adults and you cannot preach what you don't practice. Be a role model and make them observe your good oral hygiene habits regularly so that they get motivated to imitate you.

Bring Their Favorite Toy

The presence of their favorite toy at the dental office will distract their mind and keep your child focused during their dental visit. This goes a long way in dealing with anxiety. 

Stage a Practice Visit

Buy a medical playset and let your kids treat their teddy or superhero toys with dental props like mouth mirrors, syringes, and scissors. 

You can also play a doctor game occasionally to make them more comfortable with the idea of a dentist.

Positive Reinforcement 

Although children may not be directly scared of the dentist, they might be anxious about a new experience. 

Taking your children along when going for a dental checkup will help them become familiar with the dental environment and help relieve their anxiety. You can also promise them a reward for good behavior at the dental office. 

Share the Experience of Your Child's Friends

As we know, peer pressure influences children to a great extent. Ask your child's friends to share their positive and pleasant experiences at the dental office. This will draw your child’s attention and make them more eager to visit the dentist themselves. 

Dental Videos

Show your child online dental videos to help them learn about dental checkups. Introduce your child to the dentist before the appointment through social media in order to relieve their anxiety. 

For a stress-free first dental visit for your child, call (703) 595-4405 or visit Natural Smiles Dental Center at 1800 Michael Faraday Dr STE 205, Reston, VA 20190.

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