Do you have dental anxiety? Did it start in childhood?
If you answer yes to either of these questions, you already know the importance of positive dental visits for your children. One negative experience early on can lead to memories that leave a lasting impression that lingers long into adulthood.
So how can you ensure that your child remains anxiety-free when seeing the dentist? Exposing them to dentistry early on with children’s books about dental visits is a good idea. Also, letting them watch you brush and floss helps them begin to understand that taking care of their teeth is a thing they need to do.
The Top 3 Qualities of a Good Children's Dentist
As a parent, you can prepare your child, but a children’s dentist should also possess certain qualities that will create a happy, positive experience.
Here are the top three:
Children need to be approached on their level to help them understand what’s happening. This is a learned skill that is essential and a quality you have a right to expect from your child’s dentist.
Every child is unique and responds to the experience differently. For some, it’s a grand adventure that they can’t wait to experience; for others, it’s a struggle from start to finish. A good child’s dentist needs to be accommodating enough to show interest in what’s important to them and speak to them on their level to ensure that even the most fearful kids have a positive visit.
Gaining a child’s trust is a slow and steady process, and a good children’s dentist understands this and is happy to take all the time your child needs to feel secure and comfortable.
Call Us to Help Get Your Child Started
We offer children’s dentistry in Birmingham, AL that is designed to give your child a healthy, positive start with dental care. Dr. Aaron Cook is a caring professional who has extensive experience in treating young children and understands their unique needs.
If it’s time for your child’s first appointment, please call us to arrange an appointment. We will take every step to ensure a positive experience that translates into a lifetime of excellent oral health.