We love to brag about our children, and it gives us extra pleasure when we think they inherited their positive traits from us! But how about when they get something than might not be so good?
According to a recent study performed at Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid, fear of the dentist may be associated with similar fear in their parents-especially the Father!
“Children seem to mainly pay attention to the emotional reactions of the fathers when deciding if situations at the dentist are potentially stressful.” said study co-author Professor America Lara- Sacido. They went on to discuss that fear by either parent can set up their children for a lifetime of difficulty at the dentist. I have had Uncles that scare the kids before they come in for their first filling!
At Dr. McGarry’s office, it is our goal to take dental fear out or the equations and make your dental visit as easy as possible. Our modern techniques and caring approach will provide with the most pleasant dental experience imaginable. And if you have any worries at all, please feel free to discuss them with us.
Here are some tips from the American Dental Association on making your young child’s dental visit as easy as possible:
1. Consider making a morning appointment when children tend to be rested and cooperative.
2. Keep any anxiety or concerns you have to yourself. Children can pick up on your emotions, so emphasize the positive!
3. Never use a dental visit as a punishment or threat.
4. Never bribe your child- We make balloon animals and have prizes if they are good.
5. Talk with your child about visiting the dentist- We have some great books at the office you can borrow.
And remember if your child is anxious about a dental visit , it may be because of you! Please come in and discuss any dental issues you may be having, and we will show you how modern dentistry is more comfortable than ever-and maybe even fun!- Check out one of my other blogs-It’s Dentist Day, It’s Dentist Day.
To make an appointment for any member of the family or to discuss your or your child’s dental needs call us today at 810-735-9426. Remember We Make Smiles!
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