I don’t think there are many children out there that are not afraid of the dentist. In my family, I’m not sure where the fear originated from as neither DH or I are scared of the dentist.
Of course, the irony is that visiting the dentist on a more frequent basis, should ensure healthy teeth and gums that don’t require ‘scary’ dental work.
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Yet this can be hard to convince a child of. I personally remember feeling scared of the Dentist for no specific reason.
Never mind the Dentist’s interest in helping your child achieve perfect hygiene and dental comfort – all a child sees within these establishments is often the needle they remember or the scary setting they imagine.
Simply forgetting or cancelling the appointment to avoid conflict or fear on the part of your child is not something that you should do.
This just further feeds into the child’s fear & lets them believe that they do, in fact, have something to fear.
Make it a habit that dental checkups cannot rescheduled. They are crucial. However, it can be hard knowing how to apply the best means for your child whilst at the dental surgery.
Thankfully, I think I have some answers that your child might find useful.
Choose The Right Practice
Some practices are not as child-friendly as you would think. Yet there are also an incredible amount of caring dentists out there, some that would invite to chance to help care for your child.
If you find that your current practice does little to settle your child down while they are there or are short with your child, try switching to a fantastic service such as the Bowral Street Dental practice
At Bowral St Dental Practice they know how to help settle children, how to introduce themselves, and how to help a child overcome an unneeded fear of certain work by explaining what it is, and rewarding them for good behavior, such as them gaining a large sticker and a sweet.
Treat It As A Matter Of Principle
If you continually praise your child as ‘brave’ for even walking through the doors of the practice, they will likely think that this is a place in which the height of courage might need to be practiced in order to survive.
Instead, treat it as a matter of principle, something that they needn’t bat an eyelid at.
Instead of suggesting that you’re going to the practice to have work done or to be inspected, you might say ‘today we’re going to visit Dr. Smith and see how she is! While we’re there she might see if you’re okay too.’
This frames things in a much friendlier context, and also personifies the professional well.
Make It A Day Out
Promise that you’ll go for ice cream, or pick up a children’s fast food meal straight after you attend the practice.
This can help them understand that if they aren’t willing to visit the practice, they won’t gain the prize they want.
This can help them see the visit as a step to something they can look forward to, and in essence will view the whole day through that lense.
With this advice, we hope you can help your child remain brave in a medical setting.
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