Is your child afraid of going to the dental office? Do they dread the very thought of going to the dentist for even just a basic check up? If so, we have some tips for you on how to make your child’s experience more enjoyable.
Tip number one is to use affirmative and constructive words such as “strong,” “healthy,” and “clean” when educating your child about the dental office. The words you decide to use with your child can shape how your child views the dentist.
Try allowing your child to watch their favorite movie or listen to their favorite playlist during their visit. The movie or music may help take your child’s attention away from the procedure, allowing them to have a better overall experience. Most dental offices have a TV available for use during procedures and cleanings, but if not, try taking a device along with you.
The final tip is: show your child that the dental office is not a scary place. Your body language as you walk into the office and the way you speak about (and to) the dentist influences your child. Your child will look to you for strength. If they see that you are unafraid, they may gain more courage. Do your best to seem excited to go to the dental office, and it may help your child to also be excited. Being an example to your child can significantly impact their perception of the experience.
If you have questions or want more information on how we here at Associates in Dentistry can make your child’s dental experience more enjoyable, please contact our dental office in Enfield, Connecticut, at 860-745-2712. Dr. Alexander Zubkov and Dr. Joshua Lomke look forward to helping you and your family on your dental journey.