8 Tips to Ease Your Child’s Dental Fear

Taking your kids to the dentist often is essential. The dentist checks their oral health to ensure that they aren’t having any oral problems. However, taking them for a dental checkup is never an easy process. The little ones usually have a dentist phobia or anxiety, and that prevents them from getting dental care. They are normally afraid of the cold metallic objects put in their mouths, the chair, and the unfamiliar room with strange objects. It’s your responsibility as a parent to help your child feel comfortable at the dentist. Below are eight tips for guidance.

  1. Mind Your Language

When talking with your child about their dental appointment, avoid using negative words like “pain,” “hurt,” and “shot.” These will scare them to bits. Instead, use words that are encouraging like “healthy” and “clean.”

Also, use terms kids can relate with like “sugar bugs” instead of “tooth decay” and “cavities” to mean those oral problems. Speaking positively to your kids helps them prepare their mind positively for their upcoming dental visit.

2. Start When They are Young

Most parents can attest to the fact that; the early you take your child to the dentist, the better. This will not only help your child familiarize with the hospital and the dentist, but they will also have a dental home where all their needs can be taken care off.

What’s the perfect age to start? The moment your child laughs his/her heart out, and you see a growing tooth, that’s the right time to phone the dentist. You can also take your child to the dentist after he/she turns 1.

3. Choose the Right Dentist

Dentists are all trained to deal with dental anxiety in patients. They have assistants who have passed their RDA exam who can better take care of your kid. Make sure to choose a dentist who will bond with your kid.

You can also go for dentists who have their own children. They are more sensitive to issues that might affect your kids because they have been in the same shoes.

4. Ask for Help

If you feel anxious to take your child to the dentist, you can ask for help from a friend, relative, or partner.

The worst damage you can do to your child is passing that fear to them and make them picture the dentist room negatively.

5. Pretend You’re the Dentist

Preparing your child for a date with the dentist can also involve you mimicking what the dentist does to help them alleviate the fear. Use a toothbrush to count their teeth and poke them on the lips and check with a mini flashlight while letting your child see it all on the mirror if possible.

If the child is old enough, you can change positions, and you become the patient as he/she becomes the dentist.

6. Make Things Simple

Your child might be curious about their date with the dentist and ask too many questions weeks or days to the appointment. Answer those questions and make everything simple.  

Let them know that things might not be alright so that whatever the outcome, they will be able to trust you.

7. Avoid Bribing Your Child

According to experts, promising your children special treats if they behave well while at the dentist can increase their apprehension.

Promising your kid a toy if they don’t scream will make them wonder what would be so painful to make them scream! Instead, gift or praise your child after the check-up is over.

8. Make It Look Like Fun

If your child loves video games, you can start a duel. You can also bring a book or toy, as long as it’s something that makes them comfortable.

Having fun with your child translates to positivity when they are visiting the dentist.

Conclusion

Your child’s oral health is important and starting early can help them maintain their teeth and gums for a long-term. Always take them to the dentist regularly and make them understand that it’s vital for them.

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