Advanced Dental Care of Lakewood Ranch
8640 E State Road 70, Suite D, Bradenton, FL 34202

Helping Children Conquer Dental Fears

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Children are not born with an innate fear of going to a dentist. However, they can quickly acquire dental fears once they encounter the unfamiliar sights and sounds of a family dentistry office. Because regular dental care is essential for the prevention of cavities, gum disease, and other oral health issues, children need to visit a caring, affordable dentist twice a year. Fortunately, there are several techniques parents can use to minimize or even eliminate their children’s dental fears.

Of the best ways to foster a sense of calm and confidence in children when it comes to visiting the dentist is to get them started early. Kids can have an initial dental appointment as early as age one, and becoming acquainted with the dental office while very young makes subsequent visits far less scary. These early visits can also be a useful opportunity for parents to learn more about the proper care of baby teeth.

The use of reading and role-playing techniques can also help ease the way toward stress-free family dentistry visits for young children. It is not difficult to find kids’ books in which popular characters are shown going to the dentist and having their teeth cleaned. This can demystify the process for youngsters and get them excited about having an experience similar to that of their favorite personalities. Role-playing games in which parents and children take turns being the dentist and the patient can also create a level of familiarity and comfort that will come in handy during the actual visit to the dentist.

Teaching children by example is another terrific method for helping them conquer their dental fears. Bringing small kids along on their parents’ check-ups with a dentist in Lakewood Ranch shows them what to expect at their own appointment and demonstrates that there really is nothing to fear. In a related vein, parents who suffer from dental fears themselves would do well to shield their children from knowledge of that fact. It is important not to use negative descriptors when discussing dental visits so that kids do not start associating the dentist with something to be dreaded.

Lastly, to help ensure a positive dental care experience for small children, it may be worthwhile to enlist the services of a pediatric dental specialist. These family dentistry practitioners work in offices specifically designed to provide a fun, comfortable experience for kids who are nervous or shy or who have special needs.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Lakewood Ranch, call Advanced Dental Care of Lakewood Ranch today at (941) 462-3706 or make an appointment.

 Advanced Dental Care offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Lakewood Ranch. With 21 affiliated practices throughout Florida, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Advanced Dental Care of Lakewood Ranch, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Advanced Dental Care of Lakewood Ranch.

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