The thought of being in a strange room with a stranger poking your mouth with cold, metallic and unusual instruments is not only scary to adults but also to children. To you it may seem like a regular dental check up is the best thing but to your child, it is like the worst nightmare.
Given that you may need to take your child to the dentist more than ten times before they start kindergarten, you need to figure out a way to help them overcome their fear of dentists and make them comfortable in the dentist’s office. The following are some very useful tips on how to make your child comfortable in the dentist’s office
1. Start Early
You should take your child as early as possible to the dentist. As early as six months, you should make your first appointment to take your child to a pediatric dentist. This way, they will be able to build a rapport with the dentist and they will get used to going to the dentist every six months or as often as the dentist recommends.
Taking them to the dentist as soon as their first tooth appears and after every six months thereafter, is a good habit and hopefully this will become a habit for the rest of their lives. Taking your child to your dentist is also important because it will prevent bacteria from wrecking havoc on your child’s teeth, meaning they won’t need more intensive dental procedures down the road that could have otherwise been prevented.
2. Go to a child dentist
A pediatric dentist’s office is much more child friendly. Most of them have books to read, stickers on the walls, toys to play with and warm and fun colors. They just look like fun places for kids to be. Regular dental offices also have a little area for kids to play and some might even have examining rooms decorated with children in mind. Pediatric dentists and even some regular dentists are used to working with kids and know exactly how to make kids comfortable.
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3. Don’t tell your child that it won’t hurt
This might sound wrong given that assuring your child it won’t hurt would probably make them much more comfortable. The reason why you shouldn’t tell your child whether it will hurt or not is because you will make them nervous. Just tell them something like the dentist is only going to count their teeth instead of telling them that the drills and shots won’t hurt. Let the pediatric dentist explain exactly what they are doing, the tools they are using and what your child can expect.
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