Idaho Falls pediatric dentist helps kids conquer fear

We are all afraid of something. Heights, public speaking and dying are at the top of the list. For a young child, a trip to the kids dentist in Idaho Falls can rank right up there. One way to ease the fears is by helping you and your child know what to expect so you’ll both feel more comfortable. So, here’s what you can expect:

Idaho Falls pediatric dentist, Dr. Mudrow, recommends bringing your child for their first dental visit about six months after their first tooth comes in. We want to make sure your child’s first, and every visit is a positive one.

During the visit, a dental hygienist will show the child how to brush their teeth and discuss some areas they might be missing when they brush. Then Dr. Mudrow will look over their health history, answer any questions you have and talk with you about your child’s oral habits. He’ll tell you what to expect along the way and recommend a schedule for care in the future. And for the highlight of the appointment: Dr. Mudrow loves children and enjoys entertaining them by making balloon animals or silly hats as a special treat. Kids will also enjoy getting a gold token to cash in on the prize machine after the visit.

As a parent, we want to do all we can for our kids … especially when they are scared. If you have kids that are nervous about a trip to the dentist, here are some ideas you can try:

1 – Roleplay
Kids like to use their imagination and pretend so use that to your advantage. Try pretending you are the kids dentist in Idaho Falls and they are the patient. Act it out. Make it fun. You can even brush their teeth like what may happen during the appointment. Then let them brush yours if you dare. Or maybe just let them try on a toy.

2 – Read a book
There are plenty of children’s books about the dentist that you can probably find at the library. Reading some of these together, and of course looking at the pictures, can help them feel better about their visit. The more experience they have before the experience, the better.

3 – Leave them home
When you go to your own appointment that is. Taking kids to an office for adult visits will expose them to a different atmosphere and it will likely not be designed for the entertainment of children. There’s a reason children’s Idaho Falls kids dental offices have toys, TVs and maybe even video games for them to enjoy.

4 – It’s OK if they cry
You should expect your little ones to cling to you, refuse to talk or even cry. Don’t feel bad. It’s normal and the dentist and staff are probably expecting it to happen. And they’ll know how to handle it. Just follow their lead and don’t let it stress you out. If you’re okay, your kids will be more likely to follow suit.

5 – Meet and greet
Try going in to the children’s Idaho Falls dentist office sometime before their scheduled appointment. This way, they won’t be going to unfamiliar territory when it is time to get a checkup. It will help you and your child to be familiar with the office and people working there.

Here are a few more suggestions from:

1 – Tell your child about the visits but limit the amount of details given. Answer any questions with simple, to-the-point answers. Let the dentist answer more complex or detailed questions. Dentists are trained to describe things to children in a nonthreatening way and in easy-to-understand language.

2 – Avoid the use of words like “hurt” or “shot” or “painful.”

3 – Don’t tell your child about an unpleasant dental experience that you’ve had.

4 – Stress to your child how important it is to maintain healthy teeth and gums and that the dentist is a friendly doctor whose job it is to help do this.

5 – Don’t promise a reward for going to the dentist.

Keep in mind that it is perfectly normal for children to be fearful – some are afraid of being separated from their parents; others are afraid of the unknown; others are afraid of being injured. A dentist who treats children will know how to cope with your child’s fears and anxiety and put them at ease.

At Mudrow Family Dental, we care about your overall wellness and not just your teeth. We realize that wellness is a team approach. To assist you in achieving your best health, Dr. Mudrow has teamed up with many health practitioners. If you already are working with a team of health practitioners, please let us know and we will be sure to keep in contact with them on your behalf. If you don’t, we will help you find contact information for other potential members of your wellness team.

Make an appointment today at Mudrow Family Dental for your young ones and help them prevent cavities from starting!