Your Anxious Child’s Dental Health
Feb 09, 2017
Posted on Behalf of Rock Point Family Dentistry
Every child is different. Even children in the same family with the same parents can be vastly different. One child may have no inhibitions, live with no fear, and they may embrace every piece of life as an adventure. On the other hand, you may also have another child who fears almost every moment they are about to encounter. Each child is a gift and treasure to you. While you embrace each of their unique qualities, it can be challenging to watch your anxious child struggle.
Some of your anxious child’s habits can actually be damaging to their dental health. Anxious habits such as nail biting, teeth grinding, and brushing too hard can cause damage to teeth and gums. When helping your child work through these habits it’s important to remember a few things.
- Most instances of nervous behaviors are phases. Your child will most likely not spend the rest of their lives with these habits. There is light at the end of the tunnel.
- Choose positive reinforcement over negative reinforcement to help your child overcome these destructive habits.
- Ignoring anxiety does not help. Bring the worry to life by talking about it and letting them know you want to help them work through this together.
- Be your child’s biggest cheerleader. Avoid shaming them, especially in front of others.
At Rock Point Family Dentistry, we want to help you help your child's dental care through every phase and stage of life. We understand that children are unique and beautifully created in their own special way. Your nervous child is special to us. For added comfort, we have blankets and pillows which kids love to cuddle up with during their visit. They are able to watch their favorite programs on the flat screen TVs in the patient room. The older kids love to play video games. We’ve designed our practice to help calm their fears, and feel peaceful in our office. Our kid-friendly and gentle chair side mannered staff helps the kids feel safe and secure. We also provide laughing gas (nitrous oxide) for more anxious children to help them relax during their dental visit. Call and book an appointment for each of your children today.
Posted on behalf of Rock Point Family Dentistry