This week’s blog looks at the dentist and has been written by Dr Greg Grillo, who has more than two decades of expertise in the dentist industry. His passion for dental marketing and knowledge of dental software, makes him an invaluable asset to the Emergency Dentists USA team.
Going to the dentist for the first time can be intimidating for most people. As a parent, you may find that your child has certain sensory issues when it comes to visiting as the unfamiliar environment can make one uncomfortable. As a dentist who has been practicing family dentistry for 17 years, I know how real these fears can be. Luckily, there are many ways that you can help prepare your child for the dentist and guide them to overcome their sensory issues. That’s why I have come up with some helpful tips for you and your child to become more comfortable at the dentist.
- Talking with your dentist
Talking to your dentist is a great start for helping your child overcome any sensory issues they may have. They are a great source for information, and you can ask them any questions that are on your mind. It’s a dentist’s goal to make a patient as comfortable as possible. Having a conversation with your dentist about making certain accommodations during your child’s appointment can be beneficial to your child if they are sensitive. Anything you feel will help your child your dentist will most likely gladly do for them.
- Scheduling a familiarization appointment
Another way to help desensitize your child to overwhelming elements at the dentist is by scheduling a familiarization appointment. Most dentists will offer these for children with sensory issues. They are a great way for your child to see the dental office and meet the office and staff members before any work is done on their teeth. Talk to your dentist about scheduling an appointment like this to help your child with any sensory issues they may be feeling towards their dental visit.
- Practicing at home
Finally, working on sensory issues at home is a great way to teach children oral hygiene and help them feel more confident at their dental visit. At home, implement a good dental care routine. By doing this, a child can learn what dental hygiene is and help them understand the importance of visiting the dentist.
Some great ways to work through sensory issues is by utilizing visuals such as stories and videos to show your child what a dental visit looks like. This will help them become more familiar with the environment of a dental office. You can also play a role-playing game and turn your house into a dental office. Have your child practice lying flat with their hands on their stomach and opening their mouth wide. Making this into a fun game can help them become comfortable when they have to go to the dentist.
It can be intimidating for a child to go to the dentist for the first time. Sensory issues can make one hesitant to receive the dental care they need. If your child is experiencing sensory issues, there are many things you can do to help them overcome them and be comfortable at their dental exams. Remember to always show them love and support and embrace the learning experience of being at the dentist.