We understand that one of the hardest things to do is to as an adult is to get children to go to the dentist and not to be afraid.
So we’ve put together our top tips on how to make you and your child’s visit to the dentist as pleasant as possible.
Start Them Young
Introducing them to us early on can create a positive bond, don’t wait until there is a dental problem which can have the opposite affect.
Keep It Simple
There’s no need to go into too much detail about what happens at a check-up, keep it simple to prevent unnecessary anxiety
Mind Your Language
Don’t say, ‘Don’t worry. It won’t hurt.‘ Of course you mean to reassure your child but his mind is going to zero in on the word hurt. Checkups and 90 percent of first visits are nearly always pain-free, so steer clear of that concept entirely
Why not have a pretend ‘playtime’ visit to the dentist at home, but remember to keep it simple and fun!
Many of us have stories of our dental visits and not all of them pleasant, don’t tell these stories while your children are around, they pick up on more than you think
The Importance of Teeth
Teach your child that visiting the dentist is a necessity, that the dentist will take care of their teeth so that they are strong enough for them to eat. You might also explain that the dentist helps keep cavities at bay and ensures that our patients will have a beautiful smile for years to come.
We do not recommend promising your child a special treat if they behave well at the dentist. Doing so will only increase their apprehension. Saying, “If you don’t fuss or cry, you’ll get a lollipop,” might make your little one think, “What’s so bad about the dentist that I might want to cry?” Promising a sugary treat also sends the wrong message after a dentist emphasises having clean, healthy teeth by avoiding sweets that can cause cavities.
It is normal and age-appropriate for a young child to cry, whine, wiggle, and not want to be examined by a stranger. Stay calm and remember that we are used to working with children. Let us guide you; You’ll both be in safe hands for your kids dental care.