Every parent wants the best for their child, including great oral health. Taking children to the dentist at an early age is crucial to help keep their teeth and gums healthy.
But for the little ones on their first trip, the dentist can be a little scary. To help ease their anxieties, here are some ways you can help your kids develop positive relationships with their dental visits.
The sooner your child visits the dentist, the better. Believe it or not, parents should be taking their kids to the dentist as early as age 1 or when their first tooth comes in.
Regular dental visits while your kids are young, will not only benefit their oral health but also help children familiarize themselves with the dental process, helping to reduce fear and boost confidence.
Role play the dental experience with them
You can help your children learn and get excited about their appointment with a wide variety of toys, picture books, and apps.
Playing pretend dentist with your child will also help them prepare for a real dental visit—all you need is a chair, a toothbrush, a mirror, and a little imagination.
The key is helping your children get a better sense of what to expect.
Everything you say can—and does—have an impact on your child. Kids look to you for support and guidance, so you’ll want to communicate safe and comforting words to them like “strong,” “clean,” and “healthy” when discussing their upcoming visit to the dentist.
During conversations, refrain from any negative words such as “painful,” “hurt,” or “shots,” which can leave a lasting impression on your children.
Take a tour
Okay, taking a trip to the dentist isn’t like spending the day at Disneyland, but it sure can come in handy when preparing kids for their dentist appointment.
A short visit to the clinic before their actual appointment provides a great opportunity for your children to meet the dentist and staff, as well as get a feel for the new surroundings.
Let them make some decisions
Letting children make some of their own decisions can be beneficial in the dental process.
For example, you can let them choose their own toothbrush or pick a polish flavour. Involving your kids in the decision-making process will build their confidence, lower their fear, and teach them responsibility.
Is your child scared of their upcoming Burnaby dental visit? With a little time and these nifty tricks of the trade, your little one will have no trouble overcoming dental anxiety.
Book an appointment today and we’ll ensure that your child looks forward to their visits at Norburn Dental.