How to Help Your Child Overcome a Fear of the Dentist

Many people are scared or anxious when it comes to going to the dentist. This is quite common in adults and children alike. If your child does not like going to the dentist and is afraid of even routine treatments like teeth cleanings, you may not be sure what to do.

The team at Big Picture Pediatric Dentistry will gladly help you understand some ways you can help your child overcome their fear, and feel more comfortable during their next appointment.

1. Start Young, Keep Visits Consistent

You should, ideally, start bringing your child to the dentist when they turn 1 year old, or when their first tooth emerges. Bringing your child to the dentist regularly from a very young age helps them become more familiar with the process, minimizing any fear of the dentist.

2. Schedule a Pre-Appointment Consultation

Bringing your child in to meet their dentist and the team at Big Picture Pediatric Dentistry is a great way for them to become more familiar with the office and with their dentist. This is also an opportunity for you to meet Dr. Brock, and ask any questions you may have about your child’s pediatric care at our office.

3. Use Positive Language

It is important to avoid using words like “shot” “hurt” or “pain” when talking about your child’s appointment. Focus on using positive language, and emphasize that a treatment like a cleaning or a filling will help keep their mouths and teeth “happy” and “healthy.” If you mention that the treatment may hurt, that’s all they will be able to think about, and that will make them even more nervous.

4. Don’t Go Into too Much Detail

It may be tempting to try to explain exactly what’s going to happen at a dental appointment to your child, but we don’t recommend this. Give simple answers, and let Dr. Brock and the team at Big Picture Pediatric Dentistry handle the questions.

5. Reward Your Child After Their Appointment

A little positive reinforcement goes a long way. You can reward your child after their consultation with a new toy, a visit to their favorite park, or a meal at their favorite restaurant. Note that this reward should not be tied to their behavior at the office. Even if they fuss or act up, you should still reward them for being brave and seeing the dentist. This will help build up more positive feelings about going to the dentist.

6. See the Right Pediatric Dentist

The best way to minimize dental fear and anxiety is to see a friendly, caring, and child-focused pediatric dentist in Houston. Dr. Brock specializes in treating kids and use child-focused techniques and treatments that help minimize fear and anxiety and keep your kids comfortable.

Come in for a Visit Today – Meet the Team at Big Picture Pediatric Dentistry!

If you’re located near Houston, Big Picture Pediatric Dentistry is the ideal place for your children to get the care they need.

We specialize in treating kids who are nervous about coming to the dentist, and will keep your child comfortable throughout their entire appointment. Contact us now at (281) 461-7470 to get started, or come to our office for a visit at 17150 El Camino Real, Houston TX 77058.

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