Preventing Dental Anxiety

If you are among the 75% of adults who have some degree of dental anxiety, you’re likely searching for ways to prevent passing your dental phobia on to your child. That’s a good thing too, because studies show that folks who fear the dentist are less likely to get the dental treatments they need, leading to gum disease, cavities and even tooth loss. Read below for a few simple tricks you can use to prevent your child from fearing the dentist.

5 Tips to Prevent Your Child From Fearing the Dentist

If you’re searching for a family dentist in Albuquerque, choose Dr. Jeff S. Luffey, DDS. Dr. Luffey and his staff work with children every day and can help ensure your child feels comfortable and even has a little fun at his or her dentist appointment. Here are a few quick tips to prevent your child from feeling afraid while visiting our Albuquerque dentist’s office:

Tip #1: Speak Positively About Going to the Dentist

If you have any degree of dental anxiety, avoid sharing negative or painful dental experiences with your child. Instead, focus on the benefits that dental checkups bring, such as a sparkling smile and fresh breath. Talk about going to the dentist as if you are going to visit a new friend, and your child is more likely to look forward to his checkup and teeth cleaning.

Tip # 2: Bring Your Child to The Dentist By Age 1

One way to avoid painful dental experiences is to bring your child to our Albuquerque family dentist every 6 months starting at age one. This prevents most dental problems before they start, so your child won’t have any negative experiences. Taking your child to the dentist at a young age will also help him or her feel at ease at our dentist’s office from a very young age.

Tip #3: Introduce Oral Hygiene Early

Oral hygiene should begin when your child is still only a few months old. Gums should be cleaned with a warm washcloth or cotton ball, which can be replaced by tooth brushing once your child’s first teeth come in. This will help your baby get used to tooth brushing early and not be afraid of any instruments our dental hygienists use while cleaning your child’s teeth.

Tip #4: Prepare For Your Visit

Kids are often afraid of what they don’t know. Go to the library and ask for books about going to the dentist. Choose a book that makes going to the dentist sound fun—nothing about treatments like dental fillings or extractions as this can cause unnecessary dental anxiety before the visit.

Tip #5: Choose the Right Family Dentist

Dr. Luffey and his staff help kids feel comfortable in our family dentist office. We are happy to give your child a tour of the office to show them around and will never rush him into treatment. Our waiting room has toys to make your child’s next visit fun. If your child suffers from extreme dental anxiety, we may offer sedation dentistry if appropriate—contact us to learn more.

Family Dentist in Albuquerque, NM

Dr. Jeff S. Luffey, DDS is a family dentist who provides general and advanced dental care for children and adults of all ages in Albuquerque. We work to accommodate children and adults who have dental anxiety. To schedule an appointment or learn more about our dentist’s office, contact us at (505) 204-4700 or email us.

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