5 Ways to Help Your Kids Overcome Their Fear of Dentists
It is very important that parents try and control their anxiety so that it is not transferred to the kids before their first dental appointment.
Calm Parents means less Anxious Kids
It has been shown that kids’ fear of going to the dentist is most commonly influenced by the fear exhibited by their parents – especially by the father. It is very important that parents try and control their anxiety so that it is not transferred to the kids before their first appointment.
In order to eliminate some of these fears make sure that you properly prepare your kids for their visit to the dentist. Taking kids to the dentist is an important part of keeping their teeth healthy and promoting proper oral hygiene.
Here are some ways in which you can help your child remain calm during the visit.
1. Start Taking them at an early age.
The younger your kids are when going to the dentist for the first visit, the better. It is important that they become familiar with the setting and the way things work. Some suggest that they go as early as age one.
Start at an Early Age
2. Watch What You Are Saying
Use words which have a positive connotation, like: “clean, strong, healthy”. It’s all about making the kids excited to visit the dentist.
"My favorite thing to have parents tell their child is that we are going to check their smile and count their teeth -- that's it, nothing else," Michael J. Hanna D.M.D.
3. Roleplay a Pretend Visit.
Before the first appointment, play a game of visiting the dentist. Use a toothbrush and mirror to simulate what will happen at the dentist.
4. Prepare For a Fuss.
Remember that the dentist is used to working with kids. Listen carefully to their guidance in assisting your child to stay calm.
5. Emphasize Why Good Oral Hygiene is Important.
Be there to Help Your Child
Help your child understand that going to the dentist is necessary to have healthy, strong teeth.
As a parent, it is necessary to help your child overcome their fear of dentists. Be sure to remain calm, make it a fun experience and help them understand the importance of going to the dentist.
Clean Strong Healthy Kids Teeth
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