Getting your teeth checked is a fundamental part of good oral hygiene. This holds true for both adults and children who can benefit from regular dental checkups. Despite this, many children often feel anxious when going to the dentist. Whether it is their first time or persistent insecurity, it’s often difficult to get your children to the dentist without them having fear. To make that task just a bit easier, try these four ways to help children prepare for family dentistry at Lovett Dental Heights.
Seek Out Pediatric Dentistry
A pediatric dentist will specialize in a field that focuses on treating children. While the difference is subtle, it’s often important for both the quality of care a child receives as well as helping to put them at ease during a visit. Pediatric dental workers have extra training to earn that specialization as well as the experience of working with children. Lovett Dental Heights provides pediatric dental services and family dentistry, including:
- Braces and corrective dentistry
- Teeth whitening
- Routine dentist checkups and cleanings
- Root canals and extractions
Get to Know Your Dentist
A big part of the fear around dentists comes from the fact that they’re strange adults who are going to be sticking strange things into your child’s mouth. Children who aren’t familiar with dentists typically find this idea terrifying, an impression that’s hard to break when the only experience someone has with dentists is a few minutes a year of uncomfortable cleaning and X-rays. To change this perception, family dentistry encourages you to get to know your dentist before cleaning. Many dentists will be willing to have a talk with you and your child before a first visit to get more acquainted and ease fears. By doing this, you’re helping your child see their dentist as a person rather than a faceless stranger. A trained dentist knows how to build a relationship with a child quickly to ease their fears.
Family Dentistry at Lovett Dental Heights
A family dentist understands that a big component of dentist anxiety is often the separation from the parent. Children are often taken to a separate room without a parent being present. It’s for this reason that it can be beneficial to stay with your child during their teeth cleaning. This is especially true for a first-time cleaning with a very young child. At Lovett Dental Height, we gladly accommodate young ones, especially when it means a lessened risk of getting their fingers bitten off. Call Lovett Heights today at 832.780.4573 to learn more about how we can give your family the dentistry they need.