Tips for Parents: Dental Anxiety Edition | Hoboken Dentist

Believe it or not, but dental anxiety is a real issue. In fact, it is so real that people have now been diagnose with dental anxiety when they have a legitimate fear of going to the dentist. As adults, we can rationalize the need to go to the dentist with the continuation of good dental health. As a child, these types of fears are real and scary and difficult to shake.

It is estimated that over 50 percent of dental predicaments occur because children refuse to see the dentist due to fear and anxiety. And since 50 percent of these dental predicaments can easily be solved, so when you are preparing your tiny human for their first dental visit, think about these simple suggestions to make visiting the dentist something silly to fear:

Avoid a late start. Ideally, your child should be visiting a pediatric dentist after the eruption of their first tooth, which usually appears at the age of one. Schedule appointments as soon as possible so that your little one is comfortable with a dental office. Avoid bringing your child at a later age, as this could lead to a fear of a dental office.

Keep procedures simple. Do not start the first dental visit with extensive procedures. Dental examinations and teeth cleaning are perfect for the first couple visits to a pediatric office.

Frequent visits. We encourage parents to regularly visit our office not only to ensure that your child has good oral health, but to alleviate any fears of the dentist.

To learn more about pediatric dentistry, call Dr. David Musarra at Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111. Also visit the website at www.hobokenpediatricdentistry.com.

Dr. David Musarra proudly accepts patients from Hoboken and all surrounding areas.

Back to School Dental Visits | Hoboken Dentist

459953231As we wrap up another summer season, it is time for us to think about the repercussions of what all of those summertime treats did to your child’s mouth. The school season is on its way, so now is the perfect time to make a dental appointment for your little one. For some, this may be one of the first times they’re seeing the dentist, and that could be a very nervous time for them. So let’s try to make their dental trip an enjoyable one.

What is the first step to getting your munchkin’s oral health in order? First, find a dentist. You can use your personal dentist or look for a pediatric one. A pediatric dentist is everything your dentist is, but has a couple more years of school so they are fully-equipped to focus on the specific needs of tiny humans. A good rule of thumb to keep in mind when making the appointment? Setting it after your child has a good rest under their belt. Fussiness is at a minimum and they are much more willing to be cooperative after a good snooze.

Once you’ve made their first dental appointment, the next step is to get your child into the idea of going. This may sound like an impossible feat, but with a little time and patience, it is possible. There are lot of ways to prepare your little one for their oral adventure. Learning about what will happen through books and other resources is fantastic help, but how about giving them a sneak peek? Take them to your next appointment. Take turns roleplaying what the dentist will be doing poking around in their mouths. Having a dentist poking around with sharp tools is going to seem very scary for them. The more preparation they have, the smoother the experience will be.

On the day of your child’s visit, expect to have lots of opportunity to ask any questions you may have. The dentist will go over your child’s history and give you a crash course as to what you can expect in upcoming months. A thorough examination will take place in order for the dentist to be able to clearly distinguish any issues that may arise due to habits like thumb sucking, poor hygienic practice or diet. If stains are apparent, your dentist or hygienist may clean your child’s teeth and/or apply fluoride to prevent future cavities.

Making sure your little one is comfortable is your first priority so be sure to bring things that soothe them, whether it be a little snack, a favorite toy or blanket. Keeping them happy will ensure you leave that appointment ready and able to tackle any surprises that may hinder a fantastic school picture.

For more information on your child’s next dental apppointment or other ways to brighten your smile, contact Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111. Learn more about their practice by visiting www.dentalassociatesofhoboken.com.

Dental Associates of Hoboken proudly serves Hoboken, Weehawken, Jersey City, Union City, North Bergen, Newark and all surrounding areas.