Prepare for a Trip to the Pediatric Dentist
Once you have scheduled your Bring Your Child to See a Pediatric Dentist in Hingham, MA visit, the hardest part is preparing yourself and your child mentally for the visit that is going to come. In order to make sure that you have a successful visit, it is important that you properly prepare your child, and yourself, for a dental visit. It is often hard for parents to bring their children in regularly to see the dentist, and because of this many parents neglect to bring their child in as necessary. According to the American Dental Association (ADA) it is important to bring your child in at least once every six months for a regular checkup. Regular visits help us to create a holistic plan for your child's mouth, catch any problems that may be occurring in the early stages, save you both time and prevent greater pain.
Bi-annual recare appointments are incredibly important - not only do we follow your child's progress, we employ effective preventative measures which are designed to prevent issues which will require restorative care. Treating cavities and other restorative measures are more expensive and time-consuming than preventative care. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention avoids a pound of pain.
As a pediatric dentist, we know that some of the toughest times for a parent are when they bring their child in for a dentist appointment. Adults can also struggle with dental anxiety and may cause their kids anxiety by being anxious themselves. One of the most important things you can do for your child is to make sure that you leave your anxiety at the door. Children are extremely sensitive to their parent's emotions, and if they sense your anxiety could respond in a similar manner. Simply put, the more nervous or anxious you seem the more likely it is that your child will act out and make it a tough pediatric visit.
On the other hand, if you come across as calm, cool, and collected, the child is going to have a great visit. There is a better chance the child will learn to trust a pediatric dentist and will feel the encouraged to return in the future. Studies have shown that children who come to a pediatric dentist on a regular basis also continue to visit a dentist when they are adults.
When your child is done with their dental appointment it is highly encouraged that you give them the praise that is necessary in order to make them feel like they have accomplished something great. This kind of positive reinforcement will help your child to create happy memories of going to the pediatric dentist, and this ultimately will serve to encourage them to visit again without extra stress or dramatic expression. A child that visits our office once every six months is unlikely to join the rising number of children missing school because they were in need of emergency dental intervention.