How to Calm Your Child’s Fear of the Dentist
It is worth noting that the best time to bring your child to the dentist for the first time is when the first signs of their baby teeth begin to poke out from their gums. When you bring them at this time, they may be too young to realise what’s going on and will have no reaction when you decide to bring them to have their teeth checked. However, sometimes older children can begin experiencing anxiety associated with a visit to the dentist. This is normal, and there are ways to ease these fears.
1. Warn them in advance
It’s important to explain to your children what a dentist does and the importance it plays when it comes to maintaining healthy and strong teeth. It’s good to emphasise the benefits your child will have when it comes to visiting the dentist. You can also let your dentist know your child is uncomfortable with the experience, and they will do their best to accommodate and help ease your child’s fears.
2. Don’t say scary words
If your child is experiencing anxiety about going to the dentist already, steer clear of using ‘scary words’ or unnecessary details. Instead of focusing on amount of pain or the dangers of not brushing, focus on the positives and all the benefits of having strong, healthy teeth.
3. Try playing dentist
It will also help if you can play dentist with your child as a way of letting them gently become more familiar with what’s ahead of them when they are visiting dentists. Bring a mirror and have your child count their teeth, and have them check your teeth as well, in order to familiarise them with the process and let them know there is nothing to fear.
Is your kid having a phobia when it comes to visiting the dentist? Contact us today for a check-up. Our dentists are professionals who are experienced with interacting with a wide range of patients, and we want to make children as comfortable as possible during the process. We have dental clinics in Hastings, Rosebud, and Tooradin. We also have dentists in Koo Wee Rup available for your dental needs!