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Fear of the dentist is common in both children and adults, and usually develops at a young age. If your child is afraid to visit the dentist, here are some ways you can help him or her overcome that fear.

1. Talk to your child about the dentist.

Sometimes children are afraid because they don’t know why they have to go to the dentist. Some children fear the dental instruments, the smells or the uniforms of the staff. Explaining the purpose of dental visits will teach children that they don’t need to dread their next checkup.

2. Find a family dentist that you trust.

Family dentists like Greg L. Wolfe specialize in treating children, and they know how to make checkups interactive and fun.

3. Accompany your child into the exam room and remain with him or her throughout the checkup.

Visiting the dentist is less intimidating if children know a familiar, trusted adult is present. If your child is agitated, you can talk to him or her in soothing tones. Children tend to have lots of questions and may not feel comfortable asking the dentist for answers.

4. Turn dental checkups into a celebration.

After a checkup, it doesn’t hurt to take your child to a movie or park or out for a treat. The promise of a fun day will help your child look forward visiting the dentist.

If you have any questions about your child and his or her oral health, feel free to contact Greg L. Wolfe at 805-654-1174 or visit Greg Wolfe Family Dentistry in Ventura, California. We look forward to hearing from you.