Overcoming Fear of the Dentist in Kids

Going to the dentist can be scary for anyone, but it can be especially scary for young children. This fear of the dentist can start at a young age and then continue into their adult years if the correct measures are not taken in the beginning of their dental interactions.

It is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry that a child visits the dentist for the first time by their first birthday. The reason for such a young age is because children are more adaptable to change and are more accepting of new things then if they were a few years older.

Another important aspect of how your child reacts to the dentist is how you describe it to them. It’s all about perception and how you portray the dentist office to your child. If you seem excited and happy about the visit, then your child will also be excited and happy. If you project fear, your child will believe they should dread the visit, and,- this feeling could follow them into their adulthood.

When choosing a dentist, it is very important that you choose a dentist whom you, and your child feel comfortable with. It is important that the child sees that the dentist,-  and the dental office can be a fun place and not a scary one. The dentist you choose should make your child feel comfortable and calm any fears your child may have about the office or the procedures.       If you follow the steps mentioned above as well as the ones in the article, then you could set your child up to have a pleasant experience at the dentist who could carry on into adulthood. To read more http://www.parents.com/health/dental/kids-overcome-fear-dentists/

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