A visit to a dental office can be a difficult and worrisome time for children, especially for younger children and infants. It is still of high importance that they visit a dental office for regular checkups, to check if teeth are coming in correctly and healthily and teaching young children the importance of oral hygiene routines and the correct way to keep their smile healthy.
There are many aspects of a visit to the dentist that can be frightening and intimidating for children, strangers sitting them in a large chair and shining a bright light in their face is only the beginning of the discomfort. Many of the tools that that are in use at a dental office can be scary without proper context. The simplest way to begin helping children get over a fear of visiting the dentist is communication, discussing each aspect of the visit and the tools involved lead to a greater understanding of what is going to happen while they are sitting in the chair.
You can also consider taking your children to a dental office that specializes in the treatment of children. A dentist like this has specific experience in treating children of all ages and the best way to keep them happy and comfortable during an office visit. With a visit to this type of practice, children may experience their first happy and relaxed dental office visit, this is an important first step towards a healthy respect and confidence with oral health professionals. The environment that specialist children’s dental offices try to create is relaxed and fun, with the right environment children can perhaps look forward to dental office visits with a sense of fun and excitement.
Dental offices that specialize in the treatment and care of children make sure to employ staff who have the personalities that can help children feel at ease and comfortable during their visit. Calm and reassuring professional staff can mean the difference between a relaxed visit and a stressful one for young children. With the right training and experience staff will have developed techniques over the years for explaining to children in the most comforting and compassionate way the exact procedures they will be experiencing whilst in the dentists chair.
The line between comforting for children and being patronizing can be a difficult one to ride, the best children’s dental offices and staff are able to treat children with respect and trust their intelligence and at the same time be comforting and fun. This can transfer to the healthy habits that children will develop at this age from the proper brushing technique, flossing to other eating habits this is the perfect age to teach children good oral health habits.