For many children, dentist appointments can be one of the biggest triggers of fear and anxiety. This is completely normal. It’s only normal for children to be scared of something they’re not used to, especially if their prior experiences haven’t always left them with the happiest impression. After all, if you have only been to the dentist once and you had a bad experience, you don’t have a lot to base your feelings on going to the dentist off of. It’s important to make sure that your children get the right dental care, so here are some things we recommend to ease your child’s experience.
- Be a good role model for your children. If you act positively in regards to your appointments, your child will feel more comfortable about what’s in store for them.
- Keep it simple. When talking about dentist’s visits, do not elaborate too much on what can or could happen. It gives children the time to make up their own ideas about what the appointment will be like, which could be more on the negative side.
- Avoid using words that can be scary for children.
- Have a pretend dentist appointment. Your child might feel more comfortable about going to their appointment if their pretend appointment felt comfortable for them.
- Avoid taking your children to your appointments. This can be extremely hard when you’re a parent, so of course you’re going to have to allow them to tag along sometimes, but if you don’t want to bring your child if you’re getting a cavity removed or any timely procedure.
- Emphasize the importance of good hygiene. Explain to your children why it is necessary to attend their appointment in a way that they can best understand.
- Tell your children what will happen at the appointment so they’re not anxious about what bad things could happen.
- Take some time to relax before the appointment. Try using some relaxation techniques before entering your doctor’s office. If your child enters calmly, they’re more likely to leave calmly.
- Begin taking your children at a younger age so that they can get comfortable with their surroundings.
We really hope that some of our tips can be helpful for you and your children. Don’t worry, you’re not alone on this matter at all. We hope to see your child’s smiling face soon!