At Groovy Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, we know that new surroundings, especially a dentist office, can be scary for kids. As specialists in providing dental care to children, we have a few tactics to help calm their fears. But it all starts at home!
Check out these tips to ensure your child is as comfortable as possible:
Time it just right
Try to schedule your child’s appointment at the right time of day. Maybe it’s before a nap or just after when they’re well-rested and most likely to cooperate.
Paint a positive picture
Explain what will happen at the dentist in non-threatening terms. Instead of words like “pain” or “hurt,” let them know that we’re here to make sure their teeth are healthy and happy. Let them know we’ll take radiographs, or x-rays, of their teeth, examine their teeth and jaws, and clean their teeth and gums to keep smiles looking their best. Tell your child that everyone visits the dentist, but refrain from bringing up any negative experiences.
Stay with your child
Especially with younger children, your presence during exams can help alleviate tension and ensure your child feels calm. If you have any questions about what to expect during the exam or would like your child to meet our staff before your appointment, contact our office!
It’s normal for children to fuss and feel uneasy with a stranger examining their mouths. Even groovy kids can be unpredictable, and the most prepared may get upset and cry. If you show that you’re stressed when your child cries during the exam, it can make it harder to pacify the child. To help, relax and know that as a pediatric dentist, Dr. Forrester sees crying children every day and has many techniques to help calm your child down. The most important thing is that we work together to stay calm and create a positive experience!