What If My Child Hates Going to the Kids Dental Clinic?
Lots of children feel a bit anxious or nervous when going to the kids dental clinic, which can make it tricky for parents and caregivers. If this is the case with your kid, there are quite a few things you can do to make them less anxious.
Choosing the Right Kids Dental Clinic
A kids dental clinic might look great on paper and their doctors will have all the right qualifications, but it is all pretty pointless if they cannot build up a rapport with your child. Even worse, your kid could grow up with a dislike of visiting a kids dental clinic and may not visit as often as they should during adulthood. It is important to choose the best dentist for kids who is able to communicate well with your children so they feel comfortable and confident during treatment. After all, if you choose well this dentist could be seeing your child for years to come.
We are very lucky here at the Kids Dentistry Center, as we have a number of great pediatric dentists who are excellent with children. Dr. Marina Krepkh, DDS is particularly good with children and does everything possible to make sure visits are pleasant and even fun! Our dental clinic is also very child oriented, with plenty of distractions and toys for anxious little ones.
Preparing Your Child for Their Visit
It can help to gently explain to your child what to expect during their first visit to a new dentist. A new environment can be overwhelming for a young child and providing them with as much information as you can, may help ease their fears. Answer any questions they may have as honestly as possible, but in a way that will not frighten them. You may want to pop into the clinic with them while you book their first appointment so they can familiarize themselves a bit more with the new surroundings. We find most kids love our waiting room at the Kids Dentistry Center as there are lots of toys and games to keep them occupied.
Set a Good Example
If you are overdue for your own checkup, it can help to go to the dentist yourself. This will set a good example and shows children regular dental care is just a fact of life. In addition, make sure you speak about your dental visit in positive terms, emphasizing how good it is to have a nice smile and strong teeth to eat with.
What Happens If They Need Treatment?
If your kid needs treatment then try not to make a big deal out of it as this could increase any anxieties. (Read also: Dental Fears Are No Joke: Helping Kids Cope with Anxieties). You may want to arrange something nice for them afterwards, but the best thing you can do is to try to reduce their risk of needing treatment in the future.
Preventative Dental Care Is Always Best
Dr. Marina Krepkh or any of pediatric dentists at our kids dental clinic can work with you to reduce your child’s risk of tooth decay and gum disease. This will include regular checkups and preventative treatments if required. Extra fluoride and dental sealants can help reduce their chances of developing cavities and the need of kids cavity treatment. We can also offer lots of practical advice on dental care at home and the best foods to help their dental health. To get more information visit www.kidsbestdentistnyc.com.
Kids Best Dentist Brooklyn NYC
Dr. Marina Krepkh
7708 4th Avenue 1st floor
Brooklyn, NY 11209 (Bay Ridge)