Passing On Dentophobia

Aug 19, 2013

Many people are afraid to visit the dentist, and some parents even pass on the same fear to their children, which can keep them from going to even the most routine dental check-ups that are vital to promoting healthy teeth and a lifetime of good oral habits. Although a good deal of children are afraid to visit the dentist, they are far more likely to feel this way when their parents share the fear.

There are many reasons that children suffer from dentophobia:

  • pain
  • sensitive teeth
  • the noise and smell
  • drills and other dental equipment
  • shots and needles

Helping Your Child

These are fairly common fears, but they can be avoided by following a few simple tips that can help children to feel more comfortable whenever they are in the dentist’s chair.

  • Let Us Know: If you tell your dentist that your child may be nervous about an upcoming visit, the office can usually provide toys or music that will help children relax and make the session more fun and enjoyable.
  • Stay Simple, Stay Positive: If your child asks questions about the dentist, avoid any words that might scare them: drill, shot, etc. You should also avoid comforting them by saying that it won’t hurt. This merely brings the pain to their attention. Try explaining that the dentist will simply check their smile or count their teeth. This allows them to form their own opinion.
  • Start Early: Children should start going to the dentist when their first tooth shows up. This allows children and parents to establish a bond with the dentist and begin a regular routine.

Negative experiences often mean children avoid the dentist later in life. To find out more about how Dr. Jahangiri can help you and your child, contact Noble Smile Family & Cosmetic Dentistry to speak to a member of our team!