Thursday, January 3, 2019

New Year, Better Teeth! Show Your Kids The Dentist Isn't So Bad.

It is officially 2019 and we hope you had fun celebrating the New Year with your family! Now that it is a new year, what are your New Year's resolutions? Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks would like to encourage you to make healthy New Year's resolutions with your kids too, like to overcome their fear of the dentist! Central Ozarks Medical Center is here to give you a few tips for helping your kids overcome their fear of the dentist. To try a new dentist this year, contact our Richland Dental Center at 573.765.2510. 

Don't let your child's older siblings or friends tell your child that is scared of the dentist SCARY dentist stories.
Your youngest child could be having a harder time adjusting to the idea of going to the dentist if their older siblings are constantly trying to scare them with made up stories. Be mindful of this and put a stop to it as soon as you can. You don't want your youngest child to feel even more intimidated.

Distract your child while at the dentist office so they can forget about their fear.
Ask the dentist if you can go back with your child. This way you can talk to your child and distract them while the dentist may be reaching for a "scary-looking" instrument.

Show your kids the dentist isn't scary by putting on a brave face yourself.
If you have a fear of going to the dentist, then your kid's are probably going to have a fear as well. Set a good example by going to your regular check-ups and pointing out the positive advantages to going on a regular basis, such as having a better chance at cavity prevention or tooth decay.

Play "dentist" with your kids.
Pretend like you have a dentist's office in the comfort of your own home and act like you are your child's dentist. Show your kids how the dentist really isn't that bad by going through a routine check-up. Count their teeth and try holding up a mirror and showing them their teeth. You'll obviously want to avoid making drill noises. The point here is to make a dentist office visit sound fun rather than scary.

Take your kids to the dentist early on in life.
The earlier you start taking your kids to the dentist, the better. Taking your child to the dentist earlier on in life gives them more time to get used to the cleanings and regular check-ups.

Let COMC Show Your Child The Dentist Isn't Scary!

Our dentists in Richland take pride in offering the best dental care and making sure patients of all ages feel at ease when they walk into our office. If you are tired of your current dentist and are ready for someone new, call COMC. We are ready to show you and your kids the dentist isn't scary!

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