Baby-Teeth Basics

What If My Kid's Afraid?

Don't count on your child being a willing patient. "Most toddlers get upset, so the dentist has to sneak a look while they're screaming," says Jamie Johnson, DDS, creator of Smiles for a Lifetime, a DVD designed to calm young kids' fears about visiting the dentist. Practicing how to open wide before an exam may ease your child's fears, and things should get a bit easier at the next visit.

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