Bringing your son or daughter to the dentist can be a scary proposition—both for parent and child. No parent likes to see their child upset or frightened.
Parents also know the importance of taking their children to the dentist from an early age. What can be done to ensure that your child is comfortable at the dentist? We take the following steps to make sure pediatric dentistry is a positive experience at your Elk Grove Village dentist.
Seeing Children at a Very Young Age
The earlier your child visits the dentist, the better. Even kids as young as one year can take a spin in the dental chair to help them grow accustomed to the sights, sounds, and smells of the dentist office. Bringing kids in when you come in for an examination can also be helpful as it lets them see that the dentist is nothing to fear.
When we talk to you and your child about dental care, we like to keep the words positive. We will discuss keeping teeth happy and healthy, for example, rather than saying something won’t hurt. This helps develop a positive connotation toward dental care.
Keeping Parental Anxiety Out of the Picture
Parents who have dental anxiety tend to pass that along to their kids. Keeping mum about your own bad experiences at the dentist is key. Stick to the facts when describing what it is like to visit the dentist.
In particular, it makes little sense to bribe kids with sweet treats. Instead, be generous with praise and encouragement.
Visiting a Dentist Who Specializes in Pediatric Dentistry
We are accustomed to dealing with children who are nervous about visiting the dentist. We take the time to explain things so children can understand. Our office is also kid-friendly!