As specialists working in pediatric dentistry, we here at FUNtastic Dental and Orthodontics never forget that our patients have unique fears. I think all of us as children worried about monsters in our closets or under our beds, and depending on whether we had an older brother or sister to reinforce those ideas probably impacted how long we had those fears. Children generally choose one of two methods to deal with the great unknown, whether it’s monsters under the bed or a first dental visit. Some children approach all new experiences with adventure and curiosity, and some are fearful and anxious of what they don’t understand.
Children’s dentistry is unique in that, unlike with adults, you often have to be extra sensitive to their physical and emotional comfort. In reading a recent newsletter on health and well-being, there were some creative tips on helping your child if they are too scared to go to sleep at night. While I read through the ideas, it struck me that many of the same tips apply to our children that may be nervous about their next visit to the pediatric dentist. Hopefully these tips help you as you prepare your little one for their first professional dental exam and cleaning, and remember, they work for scaring those monsters away at night too!
We hope you find this information useful. If you need more information about your child’s first dental visit, please call FUNtastic Dental and Orthodontics, your gentle pediatric dentistry experts in Long Beach, at (562) 912-2007 or email us at Info@FUNtasticDental.com. We look forward to seeing you at your child’s next dentist visit!