How to Make Your Child’s Dental Experience Less Scary

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Is your child afraid of going to the dental office? Do they dread the very thought of going to the dentist for even just a basic check up? If so, we have some tips for you on how to make your child’s experience more enjoyable so visiting Dr. R. Bruce Howell is easier.

Tip number one is to use positive words such as strong, healthy, and clean when educating your child about the dental office. The things you decide to tell your child can shape how your child views the dentist.

The next thing we suggest is allowing your child to watch their favorite movie or listen to their favorite playlist during their visit. The movie and music may take your child’s attention away from the procedure, allowing them to have a better overall experience. The dental office may not always have a TV available, so make sure you have a device that can take its place if you need to.

The final tip is to show your child that the dental office is not a scary place. Your body language as you walk into the office and the way you speak about the dentist influences your child. Your child will look to you for strength and if they see that you are unafraid, they may gain more courage. Do your best to seem excited to go to the dental office so your child will also be excited. Being an example to your child can significantly impact their experience.

If you have questions or want more information on how we here at Orem Pediatric Dentistry can make your child’s dental experience more enjoyable, please contact our dental office in Orem, Utah, at 801-802-7200. We look forward to helping you and your family on your dental journey.