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Is the regular visit to the dentist something your children dread? Does the car ride to the office involve a lot of screaming, yelling, and begging to not go?

If that sounds at all like what you experience when taking your kids to the dentist, then you need some help in order to make a dental visit an enjoyable experience for your children.

Let’s look at a few ways you can do just that.

Start early

This can’t be overstated enough. The earlier you start your kids with regular dentist visits, the better. It’s recommended that when their first tooth appears, or at their first birthday, (whichever comes first) you take them in for a dental checkup.

This establishes the dentist as a regular, normal, healthy part of life and takes the fear of the sharp instruments out of a child’s mind.

Take your children along during your visit

If you missed the boat on taking your kids to the dentist early on in life, let them tag along on your first few visits before scheduling one for them. This will show them there’s nothing to be concerned about when at the office.

Keep your fears to yourself

If you don’t personally like the dentist, don’t mention that to your children. Keep your worries or anxieties to yourself so you don’t project any of that insecurity on your children.

At the end of the day, it’s important to make sure your kids aren’t scared of the dentist, and you should do whatever you need to in order to make this happen. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us today at 651.222.9715.