Dentophobia (fear of the dentist) is one of the most common phobias in our society. Many adults already feel some level of anxiety during an appointment, so when it is time to take our children to the dentist, how can we alleviate their fears? Here are a few ways to ensure that your child’s visit is a comfortable one.
Preventative Care is Key
We all know that it can be hard to get our children on a regiment of brushing, flossing, and rinsing. Eventually, though, they will thank you for your vigilance in teaching them these great habits. Perhaps even as soon as their first dentist visit, when they come out with a huge smile because they have no cavities!
Explain What is Going to Happen
Part of the problem with a child’s first trip to the dentist is that they are afraid of the unknown. In this fear, they might wonder: Is it going to hurt? What are they going to do? Are they going to know I forgot to floss last week? Talking honestly with your child in simple, easy-to-understand terms will help them know what to expect. Short, succinct explanations work best for any questions they may ask, as well as physical demonstrations, such as helping them count their teeth in a mirror.
Research Your Local Pediatric Dentists
A pediatric dentist and their staff work solely with children, so they know how to keep them calm. Our office has toys, movies, and a fun and happy environment to allow your child to feel safe in an otherwise awkward atmosphere. A brief visit to our office or even just a phone call can help you find the information you need to decide how to prepare for your first visit.
But Who is the Best?
Dr. Jeffrey Ginsberg, DMD is a professional in pediatric dentistry. Voted the best pediatric dentist in Westchester for eleven years running, he and his staff are ready, willing and able to make sure your child’s visit is as pleasant as possible. Dr. Ginsberg is also specially trained and experienced with children and teens with diverse physical, emotional, and behavioral needs. He and his team are experts with everything from routine cleanings and fillings, to more complex procedures like pulpotomies and Invisalign orthodontics. They also offer specific oral hygiene instructions for your child and nutritional counseling to ensure proper daily dental health.