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Help Your Children Overcome Dental Anxiety (blog)

If you’re a parent, you no doubt want the most comfortable dentistry for your children. There are many things that go into giving your child a great, healthy mouth. Our Fredericksburg, VA dental office is skilled at giving children a wonderful experience at the dentist and teaching children and parents about the importance of a healthy mouth.

Today we want to provide a few tips for how you can improve your children’s mouth with at-home routines, and how we can help them stay comfortable in the dental chair. Drs. Moss are trained to treat almost any dental problems from patients young and old. So give us a call today at 540-369-4926.

Giving Children Comfortable Dental Visits  

One of the best ways to avoid dental anxiety is to get kids comfortable in the dental chair. Most patients with dental anxiety developed that fear during their childhood years. We recommend that you bring your child to the visit around the age of 2 or 3, though you can certainly bring them to the dental office much younger. Between the ages of 2 and 3, your child will have most of their primary teeth, if not all of them. Here are some things we can do for toddlers and youngsters:

  • Cleanings and exams
  • Check for abnormalities or alignments issues  in the mouth
  • Get them comfortable in the dental chair (We call these “happy visits.” We’ll show them around and take them for a ride in the dental chair. It’s OK if we don’t get to any diagnostic routines during that first visit. )

Bringing your child to the dentist early in their lives will reduce the risk of dental problems down the road. This means they’ll likely have less problems and less dental fear! If your child is fearful of their dental procedures, we might recommend a light form of dental sedation to keep them calm and relaxed in the dental chair.

Tips to Give Your Child Better Care

While a dentist needs to oversee your child’s dental care, the best defender is a great at-home oral health routine. We understand that it can be difficult to get children, especially toddlers, to brush their teeth. Our staff can help you establish a good at-home routine. And we want to share a few tips today.

First, it’s recommended by dentists and the American Dental Association that everyone brush their teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time. There are actual toothbrushes you can purchase that play music for two minutes to make brushing fun. We also recommend that parents brush their teeth with their children to show them the importance of great oral health. Also, make sure you’re teaching your child how to properly floss. Some parents have fun brushing with their child or even let their child brush their teeth.

These are just a few ways our office can help your child manage or avoid dental fear. If you need a great family dentist, give us a call today at  540-369-4926 to book a visit. You can even schedule most of your family’s dental visits on one day to make your dental trips more convenient.