Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City & Glen Cove
Glen Cove: 516-759-7000
- Speaking of your own dental fears or anxieties can put it in your child’s mind that the dentist is not a safe place. They pick up on your fears even through an innocent comment.
- Delaying going to the dentist will only increase any anxieties your child may have about the dentist. Children should start visiting the dentist at around ages 1-2 years old. The younger your child goes, the less likely your child will fear the dentist.
- Sympathizing with your child may only legitimize their fear. Instead interpret a dental experience as a normal and positive experience.
- Do not bribe your child into going to the dentist because from then on they will expect a reward every time they go to the dentist. Share the importance of oral hygiene as a reward instead.