Depending upon age, prior experience, and maturity level, each child’s ability to sit through a dental appointment varies. If you have more than one child, you know how different siblings can be!
Some children might get particularly fussy or anxious when they know it’s time for a dental checkup. How can you avoid making a simple dental cleaning such a chore? These few suggestions may help.
Leave the Room
Kids will often behave better when in a room with authority figures they don’t know. Because your child already knows what buttons to push, he or she is very comfortable with letting you know how they feel and they know what to say and what to do to get their way. Consider stepping outside (just out of eyesight will do) while your child is having treatment.
Communicate with the Dental Team
Let the dentist and other staff know about your concerns and your child’s needs. Especially previous experiences. This way, everyone can plan in advance to give your child the time he or she needs for the best care.
Kids tend to feed off their parents’ mood. If you’re needlessly worried about dental treatment yourself, your child will probably pick up on that and become anxious over something they don’t understand. Avoid saying things like “this doesn’t hurt” as it can feed into a mental image of their own expectations.
Even if your kid is having a rough day, do your best to stay calm and positive. Don’t make any rash threats out of frustration and avoid drawing attention to behavior the child is using to get out of an undesirable situation.
If you find that your child needs even more specialized care, consider a family dentist or pediatric dentist.
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Family & Cosmetic Dental Care
2627 Peachtree Pkwy #440
Suwanee, GA 30024
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