Dental fear is a real condition that affects many Americans. It is estimated that dental fear affects about 9 to 15 percent each year. It can prevent you from attending much-needed dental checkups and cleanings, which can ruin the health of your mouth. Parents can help their child enjoy dental appointments by making it a fun, educational, and positive experience. Manhasset pediatric dentist, Dr. Kimmy suggests that you read positive books, such as Elmo Visits the Dentist or Dora Goes to the Dentist, before your child attends his or her appointment. These books, which contain some of your child’s favorite characters, will prepare him for a fun visit with Dr. Kimmy.
What You Can Do
To help you child become accustomed to teeth cleaning, you can begin practicing good oral hygiene habits with your child at home. This should include showing them how to brush their teeth. We suggest making this a fun task by taking them to the store to pick out a toothbrush with his favorite TV character on it. You can also buy colorful, fun-flavored toothpastes to make the event exciting.
Parents can help their child not be afraid of the dentist by taking him or her with them to their dental visit. If your child sees how calm you are at your own appointment, they will be less likely to feel nervous at their own. We encourage parents not to bribe their children to have a positive dental visit with sweets. Sweets easily lead to what Dr. Kimmy refers to as sugar bugs (cavities).
Before the dental visit, use positive words when referring to the checkup. It’s important to refrain from using negative words, such as pain, cry, drill, or shot. These words can easily scare your child, creating dental fear that could last a lifetime. Remember to never use your child’s dental appointment as a threat.
What We Can Do
Dr. Kimmy has a passion for working with children. She loves educating them on the importance of good oral hygiene and strives to develop new ways to make oral hygiene fun. It’s never too early to take your child to the dentist; in fact, we recommend that you bring your child in for an appointment when their first tooth erupts. Manhasset pediatric dentist, Dr. Kimmy offers a variety of dental treatments and procedures for her patients including orthodontics, dental fillings, and dental sealants. If your child is in need of a dental checkup or routine cleaning, a visit with Dr. Kimmy will ensure they receive the oral care they need.
Our friendly staff creates an interactive and entertaining environment for our young patients. We vow to listen to the concerns of our patients and their parents, and are dedicated to making a long-lasting, memorable impression. You child will leave our office excited for their next visit with Dr. Kimmy.
The Importance of Good Oral Hygiene
Children who begin practicing good oral hygiene habits at a young age are less likely to develop gum disease and tooth decay later in life. Dr. Kimmy suggests that parents brush their teeth with their children every morning and every night, and schedule cleanings and examinations and every six months.
Flossing is important, but often skipped. Food particles can easily become trapped in the spaces between your teeth, leading to bad breath and bacteria build up. Sometimes we find that patients floss, but not always correctly. Dr. Kimmy uses hands-on demonstrations to educate pediatric patients on how to properly brush and floss.
If you need more tips on how to make a trip to the dentist a fun and positive experience for your child, schedule an appointment with Dr. Kimmy today in Manhasset, NY. Give us a call at 516-365-4-KID.Leave a reply →