A visit to the dentist can be a frightening time for kids. From hearing stories of tooth extractions and fillings on the playground, to mirroring their parent's own anxieties, your child may become quite resistant to a visit to the dental office.
Avoiding dentistry for kids because of their fears, or yours, is not a good option. According to a report by the United States Surgeon General, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease affecting children today. The impact of childhood oral disease is huge. Children in the United States lose more than 51 million school hours to dental-related absences. Getting past the fear and visiting the dentist regularly is important for the physical and social health of your child.