If your child is anxious about going to the dentist, it’s important to show him or her that there’s nothing to be worried about. This may seem easier said than done, but with a little preparation, your child may even look forward to his or her next appointment.
Role Play Going to the Dentist
Kids love to pretend, so invent a game where you play the dentist. You can count your child’s teeth and have him or her practice opening wide. Use a toothbrush or spoon as pretend dental tools. When the play checkup is over, switch roles with your child. This will help your child understand what occurs during a dental visit and allow him or her to feel more in control of the situation.
Speak Positively About the Dentist
If your child’s siblings or relatives have jokingly told scary stories about going to the dentist, it can have a large effect on your child’s perception of dental visits. You are your child’s greatest hero, so be a good influence—speak positively about your experiences with the dentist when you were a child, and explain that clean teeth are important for good health.
Visit the Dentist’s Office Before the Appointment
Introducing your child to the office and staff a day or two before the actual appointment can be beneficial. It may take away some of the mystery and allow your son or daughter to meet the friendly people that work at the dentist’s office.
To set up a dental appointment for your child, yourself, or anyone else in your family, contact Stuart Feurstein, DMD. Dr. Feurstein has four children of his own, and many of the professionals on our staff are also parents, so we understand how to make kids feel at ease in the dentist’s office. Call us today at (914) 752-4239 for more information about general, cosmetic, and family dentistry in Mount Kisco, NY.