As a kid friendly dentist in Tucson, we understand how important it is to develop a rapport with our young patients. While most dentists can treat children, only a few really know how to be patient with children. In the wrong dental situation, children can become uncomfortable quickly and can develop dental anxiety, which is the last thing we want them to associate with going to the dentist.
We understand millions of adults suffer from dental anxiety, and this anxiety causes them to avoid seeking dental care as often as they need. We want to prevent adult anxiety and promote lifelong healthy habits. The only way to do so is to ensure all of your child’s dental visits are positive experiences. This will create lasting memories and a positive impression of dentistry.
Tips for a good appointment with a kids dentist
Before bringing a child to our office, the parent can prepare for the visit at home. This will help the child be more comfortable with the actual experience. Begin by getting some books from the library on visiting the dentist. If the child watches PBS, parents can get books with some of the child’s favorite characters, or look to see if any books are about dental visits. Parents can also watch educational cartoons where the character goes to the dentist with their child, to help the child visualize the experience.
As a kid friendly dentist office, we also welcome parents to stop by and tour our office in advance of their appointment. Since children are more relaxed in a familiar environment, this first visit is important. If parents stop by first, they can meet the team so we can say hello and offer friendly greetings when they come back. We can show them where the books and toys are, where the bathroom is, and even what an exam room looks like.
When parents get home, they can follow up by playing dentist with them and letting them examine a stuffed animal or another toy. By playing with the child, parents will be allowing them to work through any remaining questions or concerns they have, so on their actual visit, they are excited to be there.
Good oral health
As a kid friendly dentist, we take our role very seriously and want to help your child have excellent oral health for years to come. We suggest bringing them to our office twice a year for teeth cleanings, so we can do so. We also may recommend a fluoride treatment to reduce the risk of cavities.
At times, we may also suggest dental sealant since sealant acts as a barrier to prevent any food or plaque from building up or becoming trapped on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. Regardless of what your child needs to stay healthy, we are a kids friendly dentist who can help.
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