As the saying goes, “the family that plays together stays together.” But how about when it comes to doing other things as a family, such as taking care of their health together? What about visiting the dentist as a family?
A family dentist is much like a family doctor, especially when it comes to building a relationship of trust between doctor and patient. We realize that most people don’t particularly enjoy going to any kind of doctor, but the fact of the matter is that when families take care of their health together, it becomes easier.
Let’s take a look at some reasons it is a good idea to visit the dentist as a family.
- Families who come into the dentist together tend to make each other more accountable when it comes to taking care of their oral health.
- It’s simply more convenient to bring the entire family into the dentist in one visit rather than making multiple trips to the dentist over the year for each family member. Families today are busier than ever, so juggling more than one appointment can make it tough to get into the dentist twice each year for examinations and cleanings. If you all come in together, not only is time maximized but you have the convenience of making one trip to the dentist rather than multiple trips.
- Going to the dentist can actually be scary, particularly for young children. There are unknown sights, sounds, and smells at the dentist office, all of which can bring on anxiety in young children who are new to the dentist. When other family members are along for the visit, not only will their presence be calming to the youngster, but he or she will see that dentist visits are routine—for everyone.
- Building a trusted relationship with the dentist is easier when the entire family is involved. Seeing a familiar, friendly face makes visiting the dentist more pleasant for everyone, which can go a long way in helping to reduce dental anxiety.