No one wants their child to be afraid of going to the dentist. There can be parts of a dental visit that are uncomfortable, but there’s nothing to fear from a trip to the dentist.
When you were a kid, do you remember how you felt about the dentist’s office? Maybe it wasn’t “fun,” necessarily! However, what aspects of dental visits do you really remember from your childhood? Do those memories contribute to your current perception of dental appointments?
Let’s take a look at a few ways you can establish a healthy perception of the dentist in your child’s life to ensure that your family is friendly toward dentistry!
Discuss the Benefits and Need of Dental Visits
Too often we wait until something is “wrong” in our mouths before scheduling that appointment. Because of this, we also forget how advantageous our trips to the dentists can be!
A cleaner feeling mouth and teeth, a dazzling smile, relief of pain or discomfort. These are some of the most common benefits of our trips to the big chair. However, before we feel the effect of these benefits, we experience the events and time leading to our dental needs.
Children often don’t recognize how things break down over time. For an adult, the slow erosion of things we’ve always taken for granted increasingly becomes an unavoidable reality. This erosion includes elements of life like our oral health.
Smooth operations (and steady health) require effort, planning, and a proactive attitude. When children understand the “why” behind going to the dentist, and the value of preventative and maintenance care, it may be easier for them to be excited about their appointment!
What They See Is What You Get
It’s one thing to say the dentist is profitable for your family, it’s another to demonstrate you believe it!
Kids are smart – they can often tell when we’re behaving contrary to our speech. As the axiom goes: “actions speak louder than words!” Proclaiming the benefits of something but acting as if it’s not a priority is usually pretty obvious to others… especially to always-watching little eyes!
If your family consistently observes you displaying a healthy disposition toward the dentist, seeing your zeal for good health, they’re more likely to follow suit.
You are the best marketer of health for your family.
Your speech plays an important role in onboarding the “fam-jam,” and how you live up to your proclamations is integral. If you’d like some tips on expressing the value of your family dentist to the people you love the most, please get in touch with us today! Or, if you’re ready to start scheduling your next appointments, we’re ready to take your call!