Dental Care for your Kids! Overcoming Fears!

by Melissa

“I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for the MetLife TRICARE Dental Program. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation”

I am back for my third and final post on dental tips. If you missed my other 2 you can find them at Healthy Smile, Healthy You and 5 Tips on Choosing a Dentist. For my last post I wanted to talk to you about dental care for your kids.

Tips on overcoming dental fears for kids!

We are a military family so I feel like we are constantly having to choose a new place for our daughter. Changing doctors for myself as an adult can be a nerve wracking and sometimes even  scary experience so today I want to share with you a few tips to help kids overcome their fears of switching dentists.

  • Start early! As soon as they have teeth in their mouth you can start visiting the dentist. Of course the dentist might not have a lot to do but getting your child comfortable in the office is crucial. Some dentist only start seeing kids at 3 years old and if that is the case for your local dentist office consider taking your younger kids with you to see the office during a cleaning for yourself. However, if you are anxious about your own visit then it would be best to avoid taking your kids during this time.
  • Be positive! Use positive phrases like healthy, strong and clean to keep the experience from being a scary one. Avoid using words like shots, pain, drilling, etc.
  • Emphasize good hygiene! Make it known that going to the dentist is like school, it’s not a choice it’s a necessity to have strong and healthy teeth. That we only get 2 sets and once our baby teeth are gone we don’t get anymore after our adults grow in. Explain that the dentist wants to help us keep them beautiful for the rest of our life.
  • Expect fussing! It’s normal for kids to fuss about going to the dentist. Don’t yell and scream about it just get through with a positive attitude and the knowledge that tomorrow will be a new day with clean teeth.

For my military families who use MetLife TDP here are some dental benefits available for your children. April is the month of the military child so it is our time to think about them.

·       Two cleanings and two exams per year at no cost, when a network dentist is seen.

·       Sealants on permanent molars for children though the age of 18, with a 20% cost share.

·       Orthodontic coverage for children up to the age of 21 or 23 if a full time student.

·       Space maintainers are fully covered for patients under the age of 19.

·       Two topical fluoride applications are covered in a consecutive 12-month period.

·       $1,200 accidental annual maximum per enrollee.

·       Athletic Mouth Guard limited to one per consecutive 12-month period, with a 50% cost share.

Remember taking kids to the dentist is necessary to keep their teeth healthy and to promote excellent oral hygiene habits. To help ease visits in the future for you and your child follow the tips above. Your child will have a more relaxed visit and understand the importance of yearly checkups.

If you are military and use #MetlifeTDP for your dental insurance then be sure to stay in the know through their Facebook page and signing up for Dental HealthMatters Newsletter.

Photo by Melissa Clark Adapted by me!

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