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Tips to Make the Dentist a Positive Experience for Kids

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About Dr. Peter Zwier

For over 30 years, Dr. Peter J. Zwier has been providing a broad range of general and cosmetic dental services to Grand Rapids, meeting the needs of your whole family in one convenient location. Your oral health is extremely important to your body’s wellbeing, and a beautiful smile is a wonderful asset at any age.

The dentist can seem like a daunting place for some kids. However, that doesn’t have the be the case. As a parent, there are some steps that you can take to ensure a pleasant time at the dentist’s office for your kids. Read on to learn more about what you can do to put your children at ease when visiting the dental office.

Find a Dentist for Kids

Take the time to seek out a dentist who has experience working with children, and who understands that the dentist can be a scary place for some children. Choosing a dentist who is good with kids can help to make the experience more comfortable for your child.

Stay Positive

Make sure to take your child to the dentist regularly to help avoid the formation of cavities, and to get them used to going to the dentist’s office. Also, when you do visit the dentist, you won’t be visiting just to get a cavity filled. This can make a child’s visit a more positive one.

Don’t Use the Dentist as a Threat

When teaching your children about proper oral hygiene, be sure not to use the dentist as a threat. This will only make them associated the dentist with scary or bad things, making their experience less than positive. This can also cause them to have anxiety about the dentist, which can be a life-long struggle.

When talking about brushing

Try using wording like this: “Do you want me to go first or you?” By giving your child the choice to brush their own teeth first or second, it is not optional. As most parents know, framing questions is important. Additionally, it can also be helpful to brush your teeth alongside your child. Brushing & flossing your teeth as we all know is still our choice – but for your kids it’s a must (and it really is for mom and dad too).

By taking these steps, you can help to ensure that your child has a positive dental experience. If your child needs a dental visit, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.