National Children's Dental Health MonthThursday, February 9th, 2012, 5:47 pm
Kids who start visiting the dentist early in life have lots of advantages. Because they have received preventative care their entire lives they typically have fewer cavities than other kids. These children are also very comfortable during dental appointments and don’t exhibit fear or anxiety about treatment.
Children who rarely have dental appointments or who start regular dental visits later may show anxiety or fear. This is perfectly normal for a child going into an unfamiliar situation and the caring team at Wilbanks Smile Center will help put your child at ease. Here are a few steps you can take as a parent to help the visit go smoothly.
- Talk to your child about the appointment but don’t give a lot of details. The dentist will describe the procedure in a way your child can understand.
- Don’t talk about needles or tell your child that something will hurt.
- Do stress how important it is to keep teeth and gums healthy.
- Please don’t share any unpleasant experiences you may have had as a child.
It is important that your child have positive experiences at the dentist while young so that they don’t run the risk of developing a dental phobia later in life.
We understand that family life is busy and that is why Wilbanks Smile Center is a full service office. We are able to offer you and your child a dental home, no more running from office to office seeking specialized care – we do it all.
Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center today at 706-886-9439 to schedule your child’s next dental visit and be sure to ask about preventative dentistry that can protect that beautiful little smile from tooth decay.