How to Avoid Passing on Your Fear of the Dentist
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How to Avoid Passing on Your Fear of the Dentist

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Child sitting in pediatric dental chairIf the thought of visiting the dentist fills you with fear or if you avoid your regular checkups because they cause you anxiety, you may be suffering from dentophobia (the phobia of the dentist). If you aren’t careful, there’s a chance that you can pass this phobia to your children, which could have a detrimental effect on their oral health both now and in the future.

Regular dental checkups are important for everyone, but they are especially important for kids. This is because a child’s tooth enamel is more vulnerable to dental cavities and tooth decay. Making sure your children are confident visiting the dentist will set a foundation that can help them maintain a healthy smile into adulthood.

Avoid Passing Along Your Dentophobia

Below are a few ways to make sure you don’t pass along your fear of the dentist:

  • Start Early – According to the American Dental Association, your children should visit the dentist within six months of getting their first tooth or by their first birthday. Starting children off young will help them establish trust and rapport with their dentist, preventing fear in the future.
  • Stay Positive – Talk positively about the dentist. If your child does express fear or anxiety, let them know that all the dentist wants to do is count their teeth! You can also find books or television episodes showing your child’s favorite character visiting the dentist.
  • Keep Things Simple – When talking to your child about the dentist, avoid using scary words like “shots,” or “drill.” Instead, use simple and non-threatening language to explain to your child what will happen at their appointment.
  • Let Us Ahead of Time – Lastly, if your child is afraid of the dentist, please feel free to call us ahead of time and let us know. We’ll do everything we can to help ease any anxiety your child may be feeling and help him or her to feel at home in our office!

If you want to talk to us about any of your child’s dental fears or anxieties or to make an appointment for your children to receive a dental cleaning and exam, please contact Camp Little Tooth today. Our friendly and professional child’s dental office is located here in Lafayette, Colorado.  

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