We all want the best for our children, and that includes making sure they have healthy teeth and gums. Part of that is starting children with regular trips to the dentist at an early age. At William T. McMaugh, DDS, we have created welcoming environment for your children. But what else can you do to make your child’s trip to the dentist fun? Here are some tips!
Start Bringing Your Children to the Dentist When They Are Young
Keep dental anxiety at bay for a lifetime by bringing your children in to the dentist when their first tooth erupts. Getting your child into the routine of regular visits to the dentist can prevent dental anxiety down the road.
Play Games About the Dentist
Play with your kids, letting them be the dentist and you the patient—and vice versa. It’s fun for kids, and it’s a great way for them to know what to expect when they visit the dentist’s office for real.
Talk About Visiting the Dentist Beforehand
Give your children a chance to process the expectation of a visit to the dentist. Talk about what will happen, particularly if he or she needs to have a dental filling. When your child knows what to expect, this can go a long way in alleviating fears.
Make Brushing Their Teeth Fun
Tooth brushing is usually a dreaded chore, but there are toothbrushes and toothpaste flavors that make the whole experience fun for children. Make sure they see you brushing and flossing as well. Brushing your teeth together, as a family, can be an enjoyable experience that teaches good lessons!
Visit the Dentist as a Family
If you are all visiting the dentist at the same time, this can make the entire experience less overwhelming for your child. Watching an older sibling have his or her teeth cleaned will show your child that visiting the dentist is simply a routine for everyone. You can also stay with your child when it is his or her turn in the dental chair. We want your child to have the most comfortable experience possible!
Children's dentistry in the 19438 area doesn’t have to be scary. William T. McMaugh, DDS, is a fun place for children to be while they learn about their oral health. Call us today at (215) 256-8285!