Is your child afraid of going to the dentist? Here are some top tips to help your child overcome their fear of the dentist:
1. Don’t Wait Until They’re Older
It is better to bring your child in to visit the dentist as early as age 1 or when their first tooth is visible. Getting them comfortable with the process at a young age will remove any fear of future visits.
2. Don’t Overexplain
Dentistry can sound scary, so try not to include too many details when preparing for a visit. If you keep a positive attitude it will help with any potential fear. It is also important to not give false hope. Sometimes an innocent ‘everything will be fine’, because if you child ends up needing a treatment they will lose trust in both you and the dentist.
3. Don’t Use Pain Words
Ouch words will have your child associating pain with the situation. Checking their smile and counting teeth is all your child needs to be told about the process. It’s a great way to keep things positive and make the visit seem fun rather than scary.
4. Play Pretend
You be the dentist and let your child be the patient, or vice versa. Avoid drilling noises, ouch words, or a bunch of instruments and instead have fun with simple mirrors and checking teeth. You can pretend to brush stuffed animals or dolls teeth and try to get them familiar and enjoying the experience.
5. Don’t Take Them with You
It’s a mistake to think your child will feel less anxious if they attend your dentist appointment with you. Adult offices can seem quite sterile to a child, plus you may be unaware of feeling anxious but your child will pick up on this.
It’s normal for a child to fuss when faced with a new experience, so above all be patient with them. Use calm tones and reassuring words, and you will both get through the appointment in no time.
The team at Coomera Dental Care are dedicated to ensuring your kids feel comfortable and relaxed and that their dental experiences with us are pleasant and manageable. We will help to give your children the confidence they need to visit our dentists without worry. We are a bulk billing dentist on the Gold Coast, proudly offering free children’s dental services for approved patients under the Bulk-Billing Medicare Child Dental Benefits Scheme.