Although many parents know how important pediatric dental care is for their child’s overall health, the reality is that one in five children in the U.S. go without dental care. While there are many reasons why many children don’t receive the dental care they need and deserve, there is a common reason why many adults avoid going to the dentist: anxiety.
Fear of the dentist is relatively pervasive, but it doesn’t have to be that way for your child. Of course, many children fear unfamiliar situations — so it might be easy for them to feel overwhelmed during that first pediatric dentist visit. However, you can do your part to prepare them for this appointment and help them feel comfortable, relaxed, and ready to brush.
Ultimately, most children won’t have an inherent fear of the dentist unless you add to those anxieties yourself. By having an age-appropriate conversation with your child that helps them know what to expect without prompting too many questions, you’ll set them up for a successful first meeting with their dentist.
That said, it’s best for your child if you find a well-respected and experienced pediatric dentist in your area. Whether your kiddo is shy around strangers or you simply want them to have the best experience possible, it pays to find a dentist who can check all the boxes. To learn more about our practice or to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.