For many parents, getting their kids to the dentist for regular checkups is quite a challenge. Some parents find it difficult to fit yet another appointment into their jam-packed schedule, while others have a hard time fitting the cost of an appointment into their family budget. And sometimes, parents worry that the sharp tools and bright lights of the dental office will trigger a fearful tantrum from their child. Still, it is necessary to get your children used to the idea of regular dental visits so they’ll keep up the good habit for the rest of their lives.
Your child’s primary teeth may not last forever, but keeping them in good shape is important for your child’s overall health. According to the Center for Disease Control, up to 40 percent of preschool-age children have at least some level of tooth decay. This can cause painful or bleeding gums and difficulty chewing, and it can even impair your child’s speech development. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that your child gets a “well baby” checkup by age one or after his or her first tooth appears.
Keeping your kids calm and entertained will make their experience at the dentist office a successful one. Bring a bag of toys or games that your child enjoys for the waiting room, and use gentle, upbeat language rather than apprehensive words to talk about the checkup. This will set a positive tone for the experience. Additionally, watch your own anxiety levels. If your child notices you are nervous about a visit to the dentist, he or she will likely start to feel nervous as well.
At Lightship Dental, we create a fun, non-threatening atmosphere that will put your child at ease. Our dentists are gentle and friendly, and they will help your youngsters get through their dental visits with flying colors. We offer affordable rates and flexible payment plans that fit within your budget. Get in touch with us today to schedule an appointment.