When kids are between the ages of 1-10, there is the natural fear of the dentist to be expected. Although this is necessary to maintain healthy gums and teeth, children view it as an unnecessary evil. This fear stems from the fact that the dentists are usually an unfamiliar room with a cold and sterile environment with a stranger in a white coat poking into their mouth with metallic instruments.
Seeing as children often have their teeth fall out before it gives way to the permanent set of adult teeth, the trip to the dentist might be a continuous feature in years to come and you do not want your child to be constantly scared. To help smooth along the process of future visits, it is best to get your child in the right frame of mind for the visits. The following are ways by which it can be accomplished:
for an adult, the option of getting a dental practitioner is okay but when dealing with children, someone who is more versed with the inner mind and feelings of a child is better. Pediatric dentists after dental school have three more years of training on how to handle little kids so they are knowledgeable in the fear associated with visiting the dentists.
Get them used to it:
this involves making trips to the dentists at an early age maybe as soon as the first set of teeth appear. This is a fact well supported by the American Academy of Paediatric Dentistry as acclimatizing early brings more comfort to the child. Visiting the dentist becomes something that is already a constant part of the routine.
this involves doing a form of meet and greet so that your child can get to know the dentist in a more comfortable situation. This can be done a few days prior to the actual appointment so as to get your child in the proper mindset of what to expect.
Touch is also important:
the furniture in a dentist office often appears cold and sterile and leaving your child on a solitary chair to be poked in the mouth can be daunting. As a parent, it helps to offer support by holding on to their hand or prop them on your lap to let them know you are there.
Set an example:
if your child is jittery, you can get the dentist to pretend to take a look at your own set of teeth and make it look fun. Children appreciate fun events and an example of an adult going through the whole process and still smiling is a good step.
distractions can also help as it takes the child’s mind off the activity currently going on. You can make funny faces at the child or bring along games and toys that are sure to provide a distraction during the entire period of the appointment. Offering a reward at the end of the appointment is also something to look forward to on the part of the child.