How to make children’s dentistry fun for your child

 

Is your child scared of going to the dentist? There’s no need for your child to be wary of children’s dentistry. The earlier your child visits the dentist, the better it will be for their oral health and get them in the habit of going to the dentist. By letting your child visit the same dentist from an early age you will provide him or her with a ‘dental home’ where all dental requirements will be taken care of. Your child will feel comforted by seeing the same friendly faces at each visit.

When preparing your child for a visit, particularly the first dental visit, try and keep it simple and remain upbeat and positive about the experience.  Let the dentist explain everything in a fun and lighthearted way; they will be able to put your child at ease.  If you have anxiety about going to the dentist, avoid discussing this with your child. Your child will pick up on your anxiety and will have a negative connotation prior to the appointment.

Other ways to make your child’s dentist visit an enjoyable experience

 

Here are a few other ways to make your child’s dentistry experience fun: 

  • Be positive: Keeping a positive attitude when discussing the upcoming dentist visit will help to put them at ease.
  • Be careful about words you use: Parents often make the mistake of using words like shot or hurt. Rather let the trained pediatric dentistry staff introduce their own vocabulary to the children to guide them through the situations.
  • Avoid bribery: Experts agree that parents shouldn’t try to bribe their children by promising a special treat if they behave during the dentist visit, as this could end up increasing their apprehension. Your child might wonder what’s so bad about the dentist that he or she needs a special treat?

At Distinctive Dentistry we have a team of dedicated children’s dentistry professionals to take care of your child’s dental requirements. Contact Distinctive Dentistry to arrange your child’s first dental visit.

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