Five Tips to Keep Kids Calm at the Dentist’s Office

Do your children get nervous at the dentist’s office? Here are some tips for keeping your family calm and comfortable during your visits.

November 11, 2015 | HF Healthy Living Team

Dental checkups are an important part of your child’s healthcare, but nerves can get in the way of regular visits. Here are some tips on getting your children to go to the dentist and keeping them calm while you’re there.

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Start Early

 

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Taking your child to the dentist early in life can help him or her feel more comfortable during visits and set him or her up for a lifetime of good dental health. Your child’s first dental checkup should happen less than six months after his or her first tooth grows in and before he or she turns one.

 

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Make a Pattern

 

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If your child gets used to going to the dentist regularly, he or she is more likely to build good dental habits that will last a lifetime. When you find a dentist you and your child like, go back! See the same dentist every six months for regular checkups.

 

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Talk About It

 

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Avoid telling your child not to be scared or that his or her dental checkup won’t hurt. If a checkup is uncomfortable or frightening, your child might end up feeling distrustful of the dentist. Be honest with your child and build a positive experience by telling him or her that visiting the dentist is important to having healthy teeth.

 

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Be Relaxed

 

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Does the idea of the dentist stress you out? Chances are, your child feels the same. The best way to protect your child from anxiety is to stay calm yourself. Think and act positively when you talk about dental checkups. Don’t share bad experiences. Instead, talk about how regular dental visits keep smiles bright.

 

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Set a Good Example

 

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The best way to teach your kids good lifelong dental habits is to have them yourself. So don’t skip your own dental checkups—see your dentist every six months. Brush your teeth regularly, and remember to floss!

 
 

 

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Healthfirst is the brand name used for products and services provided by one or more of the Healthfirst group of affiliated companies. The information in this article is for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice from your doctor.

Sources
“8 Tips to Help Kids Overcome Fear of Dentists,” Parents.com. Accessed November 11, 2015. http://www.parents.com/health/dental/kids-overcome-fear-dentists/view-all/

“Easing Children’s Fears about the Dentist,” The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. November 15, 2012. http://my.clevelandclinic.org/childrens-hospital/health-info/ages-stages/toddler/hic-Easing-Childrens-Fears-about-the-Dentist

“How to Keep Your Toddler Calm at the Dentist,” Parenting.com. Accessed November 11, 2015. http://www.parenting.com/toddler/health/how-to-keep-your-toddler-calm-dentist

“What You Need to Know About Kids’ Dentist Appointments,” Everyday Health. November 7, 2011. http://www.everydayhealth.com/dental-health/what-you-need-to-know-about-kids-dentists-appointments.aspx

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