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It’s common for people to have dental anxiety, which typically makes them dislike going to the dentist. However, there are things you can do to help your child grow up feeling calm and comfortable in the dental chair. Those things are:

-Bring them with you when you come in for your checkups. Seeing their parent in the dental chair will help them feel like they can do it as well.

-When talking about your dental visits and treatments, try not to use negative words like “pain,” “needle,” “hurt,” etc.

-Play “dentist” at home instead of “house” to help your child become familiar with the process of a dental cleaning and checkup.

-Ask your dentist, Dr. Douglas B Ball, how he explains dental treatment to children. The soft, comforting words will help you explain treatments to your child without scaring them.

-If your child asks you questions about dental visits and treatments, answer them honestly and sensitively.

These tips will help your child wash their dental anxiety away, which will help them take the necessary steps in achieving their dream smile. If you have any questions or if you would like to learn more about how to help your child feel more comfortable with their dentist in Orem, Utah, please call our office today at 801.224.6165. We look forward to hearing from you!