• Posted on: Feb 5 2012
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Parent’s have the most important role in a child’s dental experience. Any anxiety a parent displays can quickly be picked up by the child.

The following tips will help the dental visit go more smoothly.

  1. Tell your child about the visit but let the details be provided by the dentist. He has been trained to describe details in a non-threatening way, using words that are easy to understand.
  2. Never tell a child that something will hurt or be painful.
  3. Don’t tell your child about a unpleasant experience you have had at the dentist.
  4. Make sure the child knows the importance of healthy teeth and gums. Explain that it is Dr. Berman’s job to help him/her maintain a healthy Smile 4 A Lifetime.
  5. Never promise a reward for going to the appointment. They will be going to the dentist throughout their lifetime. If they don’t cooperate during the visit, they will still want to be rewarded.

It is perfectly normal for a child to be fearful. Allowing the child to enter the room on their own will allow them to be in control. If they are willing, let them go.  Sometimes a child can react differently in front of their parent. Dr. Berman will usually start a conversation to draw attention away from the procedure. Before they know it, they will be out of the chair! We want to provide your child with a positive experience. They will leave asking when they can come back?

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