Tackling the fear of the dentist

A new environment, new instruments, strangers – it’s completely expected for a child to be frightened their first couple of times visiting the dentist.

So how do you make a trip to the dentist less scary? Here are a few suggestions.

  1. Start early by introducing your child to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits.
  2. Skip complicated phrases and jargon your child may not understand when talking about the dentist.
  3. Use an older sibling or cousin to demonstrate the best behavior at the dentist.
  4. Use a stuffed animal and let your child pretend to be the animal’s dentist while you explain different parts of the mouth and the dental visit process.
  5. Read books. There are a lot of great books out there about the dentist that illustrates the process and focuses on what to expect at a visit.
  6. Make it fun. Utilize fun videos and other rewards systems to make brushing a fun activity for kids to enjoy.

There is no substitution for great oral hygiene & the better the habits you instill the more likely it is that good oral hygiene will be second nature for your child.

If children sense that a trip to the dentist, while essential, is as ordinary as getting a haircut, they will treat it as such.

At Jackson Dental, we offer preventative, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry services for the whole family.

Give us a call today at 573-243-5200 to schedule the comprehensive exams, x-rays, and regular cleanings that are essential to your overall oral health.