Most children don’t start out fearing the dentist, but it is unfamiliar territory for kids—especially if they are entering the dentist office for the first time. The sights, sounds, and smells might cause anxiety in some children. At your dentist in Fayetteville, we understand this. We also want to set up your children for lifelong good dental health, which includes alleviating any fears of the dentist. Let’s take a look at how we help your children feel relaxed during their dental appointment.
Your Child’s First Dental Visit at Northwest Arkansas Family Dentistry Should Be a Positive Experience
We encourage parents to bring their kids to the dentist from a very early age. By the time your child reaches the age of one, you should bring him or her in for their first appointment. This first appointment not only familiarizes your child with the sights, sounds, and smells of the dentist office, but it also gives us an opportunity to educate parents on helping your kids develop good oral hygiene habits.
If you child uses a bottle or is a thumbsucker, we can also discuss the ramifications of these habits. We’ll also go over tips on helping your little one brush and floss properly as more of those teeth come in.
We have found that the earlier kids become familiar with the dentist office, the more comfortable they are—and they more relaxed they feel whenever they come in for a “spin” in the dental chair.
Our Extra Training Helps Kids Feel Relaxed
Dr. Beth Bowen has received specific training to work with children, so she is particularly well-qualified to work with kids. She is an expert when it comes to making kids feel good about coming to the dentist! She has a knack for making both kids and parents feel comfortable when they are at the dentist. Dr. Bowen also realizes that comfort level at the dentist with kids can vary, depending on where they are in the stages of development. This understanding goes a long way in helping them work through even the tiniest amount of dental anxiety.
Contact our Fayetteville AR Office to Schedule a Dental Exam for Your Child
As soon as your child’s first tooth erupts around the age of one, we would love to meet him or her! We look forward to providing exceptional dental care to your children and your entire family. Contact our Fayetteville dentist today!