A fear of the dentist is one of the most common fears among Americans. It is also the number 1 reason why people don’t have their teeth checked and cleaned regularly. This can be detrimental to your oral health, as well as your overall health.
We begin checking your child’s teeth when they are around one year of age. Although regular dental cleanings don’t begin until around age three, it is important for us to check your child’s dental development prior to that, just to make sure they are on the right track to getting a great, healthy grin.
These checkups should be easy, but they can turn into a struggle when your child is afraid. While we see patients with dental fear every day, it is important that your child be relaxed and comfortable in our office.
This is where you, the parent, come in. Without the unintentional influence of adults, children rarely have fears about medical or dental matters. Believe it or not, parents and teachers often prompt children’s fears about the dentist. This is all done unknowingly, of course. If you (or someone else) has ever said, “If you don’t brush your teeth, they’re going to fall out” or something similar to your child, chances are it has helped your child develop a negative view of going to the dentist.
We want to see your children in the Wager Evans Dental office! We want them (and you) to feel comfortable, but we’re asking for your help. Be upbeat and positive when you talk about teeth and the dentist. It will help us help your child.
For more information about childrens and family dentistry, we invite you to call our office in Reno, Nevada. We look forward to being your dental care family!