Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County I & II
Commack (631) 486-6364
Medford (631) 320-0880

Many children have a negative reaction when told they’re heading to a dentist appointment.

Children are most comfortable around people they know and environments that make them feel safe. Parents sometimes feel the best option is to not take their child to the dentist to avoid the fear altogether.

Here are a few tips to help your children overcome their fear of the dentist. If you have any additional tips, please feel free to share them with us on our Facebook page.

Start Young
Many Pediatric Dentists recommend bringing your child in for their first dental visit at age one to eliminate dental fears as early on as possible.

Keep It Simple
When preparing your child for their dental visit, try not to include too many details of what your child may experience. This can cause unnecessary anxiety and fear. When speaking of the visit, maintain a positive attitude and an upbeat tone of voice to make your child feel at ease.

Watch Your Selection of Words
When speaking about the upcoming dental visit, refrain from using the words shot, pain or hurt. This way, your child doesn’t go into the appointment associating those words with the dentist.

Consider a Pretend Visit
Try setting up a mock dental appointment at home and play pretend with your child.

Emphasize the Importance of Good Oral Hygiene
Remind your children that the dentist will help them to be healthy and have a beautiful smile.