Negative dental experiences can lead to dental anxiety with people, especially children. When talking to your children, avoid dental terms that may scare them and make it harder for both them and the dentist. You’ll be surprised by how kid-friendly dental terms can change the child from being terrified to relaxed or even looking forward to the procedure. For example, instead of saying “anesthetic injection” or “shot,” try using “magic juice” of “sleep juice” and compare it to the way a hand or foot can sometimes fall asleep. The word “shot” can scare even adults, so try out this kid-friendly term instead. Another one includes replacing the word “drill” with “whistle.” “Drill” can cause a child’s feeling of safety and security to go down. Instead, describe this tool by the sound it makes, which is a whistle. Cavities are a common dental issue among children. Instead of using the word “cavities” or “decay,” use “sugar spots.” This will also remind your child why they’re getting that procedure and discourage them from consuming more sugar. If you want to set up a dental appointment with California Dental Care, give us a call at (707) 741-6090 or click here.