Tips for a Tear Free Visit

Tips for a Tear Free Visit
Posted on 07/12/2017

tips-for-a-tear-free-visitAt Lone Star Pediatric Dental & Braces, our number one goal is to help each one of our patients develop a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime – and to make the whole process fun! As a premier provider of pediatric dental care and orthodontic treatment throughout the greater Austin, TX area, we strive to make every visit to our office enjoyable for all involved. That said, there are a few things you can do at home to prepare your child for their visit, helping them achieve a healthier smile and have fun in the process!

Talk Through Everything

Talking with your child is one of the most powerful tools you have for making the dental care process easier, and that goes double for office visits. We always encourage parents to talk with their children about the dental and orthodontic treatment process, and in particular, we think it's a great idea to talk with children about their feelings surrounding office visits. By talking and listening to your child non-judgmentally, you can help identify and process any negative emotions like fear or anxiety about the dentist.

Ritualize Oral Health

For many children, the more unfamiliar something is, the scarier it is. That's why we always advise parents to make oral and dental health a regular part of daily life. Treat daily brushing and flossing like family bonding: turn it into a ritual you do with your child, and use it as an opportunity to explain the important benefits of long-term oral health. If the concept of oral and dental health is more familiar, your child will likely have minimized feelings of anxiety about office visits.

Stay Positive

Children watch their parents closely to understand what's going on and how they should feel, so the emotions you display have an important effect on your child's experience at the office. Even if you've been having a rough day, do your best to present a calm, upbeat, and positive emotional tone – your child will take the cue that everything is alright, helping to quell any anxiety or fear before it arises.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Austin, TX Pediatric Dentist

With some at-home preparation and a skilled Austin, TX pediatric dentist, your child's next dental visit is sure to be a blast! We hope you found these tips helpful, and if you ever have more questions about your child's dental care, we're always here to help. Feel free to reach out to us at our contact page with any questions you have about your child's dental health, and if you'd like to schedule an appointment, you can do so at one of our eight locations throughout the greater Austin, TX area. We can't wait to hear from you!

Lone Star Pediatric Dental & Braces

  • North Austin Office - 8716 Research Blvd., #125, Austin, TX 78758 Phone: (512) 454-4646 Fax: (512) 419-0561
  • Central Austin Office - 1015 W. 34th St., Austin, TX 78705 Phone: (512) 206-2929 Fax: (512) 206-2920
  • South Austin Office - 2700 S. 1st St., Austin, TX 78704 Phone: (512) 442-4338
  • Bee Cave Office - 14058 Bee Cave Pkwy. Building D, Suite B, Austin, TX 78738 Phone: (512) 402-9996 Fax: (512) 402-9986
  • Belton Office - 412 Lake Rd., Belton, TX 76513 Phone: (254) 933-7760 Fax: (254) 933-7983
  • Circle C Office - 5900 W. Slaughter Lane, Suite 470C, Austin, TX 78749 Phone: (512) 288-1900
  • Dripping Springs Office - 2440 E. Hwy. 290, Building C, Suite B, Dripping Springs, TX 78620 Phone: (512) 858-0232
  • Elgin Office - 250A Hwy. 290 W., Elgin, TX 78621 Phone: (512) 285-9868 Fax: (512) 933-7767
  • Killeen Office - 1103 W. Stan Schlueter Loop, Building B, Suite B-800, Killeen, TX 76549 Phone: (254) 519-1590 Fax: (254) 519-1570
  • Kyle Office - 575 E. Fm 150 Suite #P, Kyle, TX 78640 Phone: (512) 268-3600 Fax: (512) 268-3607

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