Young Patients Look Forward to Visiting Foster Dental Care Thanks to the Smile Squad

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Blue Springs dental practice, Foster Dental Care, encourages children to start healthy dental habits with the help of fun raffles and prizes.

Foster Dental Care creates a fun experience for young patients

Studies indicate when parents show signs of anxiety or fear when it comes to visiting the dentist, their children will also have this fear.

Young patients at Foster Dental Care now have more to smile about when visiting the dentist. In late April 2013, Foster Dental Care announced the start of a Smile Squad. In hopes of eliminating any preconceived fears or worries children might have about a trip to the dentist, this squad is designed to entice young patients to put on a happy face during their appointment.

“Studies indicate when parents show signs of anxiety or fear when it comes to visiting the dentist, their children will also have this fear," says Alan Foster, DDS, owner/dentist at Foster Dental Care. “We want to stress how important dental appointments are for kids of all ages and their overall health. A positive attitude and entertaining elements like the Smile Squad help encourage the positive image of visiting the dentist.”

In the past, after a dental appointment at Foster Dental Care, children would get to select a prize from the treasure box. Now, in addition to a trip to the treasure box, kids have a chance to win a plush stuffed animal, rivaling the size of a large carnival toy, just for displaying a positive outlook at their dental appointment. This fun technique has worked; in just one month over 100 names have been entered into the drawing. Seeing an increase of young patients who look forward to, instead of fearing, dental visits has been enjoyable notes one team member.

“Our passion is to maintain, create, and inspire optimal dental health for life. Helping children achieve healthy dental habits is just one way we fulfill this passion. We cannot wait to see the look on the raffle winner’s face when he or she sees their prize! The Smile Squad will host more fun events like this for our young patients in the future," says Foster.

About Foster Dental Care:
Foster Dental Care is dedicated to comfort and prompt attention while creating healthy, beautiful smiles and building lasting relationships with their patients. It is their goal to make patients feel satisfied with their smile. For over 30 years Dr. Alan Foster and the Team at Foster Dental Care have been working with patients to provide the best cosmetic and general dentistry. To learn more, please visit

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