Making your children’s dental healthcare visits a positive experience has a lot to do with your own frame of mind. Just as fear can seem infectious, so can enthusiasm.
Setting Examples for Children’s Dental Healthcare
It’s a well-known fact that children tend to mimic their parents. We often see our best and worst traits reflected in our children’s behavior.
A study reported in Science Magazine explains how children will imitate parents or teachers down to the fine details. This fact is innate in all cultures.
That said, it’s worth taking the time to set good examples for our children’s dental healthcare. When they see their moms and dads brushing and flossing twice a day and going for dental checkups, there’s a natural tendency for them to follow your example.
What About Dental Visits?
Former President Franklin D. Roosevelt wisely said, “There is nothing to fear but fear itself.” If you have a relaxed and confident attitude about going to the dentist, your child is more likely to approach it the same way.
You can also help them prepare for their dental visit by talking to them about it. You can explain to your child how the dentist helps with children’s dental healthcare and what the dentist will do during the visit.
Here are a few YouTube videos you can show your child to explain what happens in dental visits:
The videos talk about:
- Brushing teeth
- How important teeth are for chewing and talking
- Why seeing the dentist is important
- How the dentist counts your teeth, takes x-rays and checks for cavities
- What equipment the dentist uses
Do You Have questions About Your Children’s Dental Healthcare?
Discuss your dental concerns at Hutto Hippo Family Dental with Dr. Baker. He’s glad to help you and can discuss dental treatment for children.