Wednesday, September 23, 2015

How to Calm Kids' Dental Fears

It’s no surprise that some kids fear dental visits. We understand that and want to make sure every one of our patients are at ease during an appointment. Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS, here in our Holmdel, NJ dental practice, wants to give parents tips for relieving dental fear in their kids.

Familiarity puts kids at comfort. This means that the younger you start taking your child to the dentist, the more at ease they may feel. Kids should see their dentist for the first time when their first tooth grows in. The latest a child’s first dental appointment should be is when they turn one years old, even if they have not grown in their first tooth. Also consider asking for the same dentist and hygienist for each appointment. It will be one less surprise for a nervous child.

When talking about the dentist, use friendly terms and do not get too specific about treatments. Explain that the dentist is going to count their teeth and when they leave, their teeth will be strong and healthy. Please use positive words and nothing negative like in stead of saying "Dentist will not hurt you", say"it's fun to go to a dentist office". 

If your child is nervous about going to the dentist,talk about magic chair ride that goes up and down, play room etc. Never let child exposed to your or any other family members fear for dentistry. In our Holmdel, NJ dental practice, we want every child to have a relaxing and pleasing experience. For questions or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS at (732) 264-8180 or visit our website,

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