For children to have optimal oral health, it's crucial to not miss any dental visits. It's important to develop a healthy hygiene habit while children are young. However, it's not always an easy task. It's not uncommon for kids to be scared of visiting the dentist. There are tips you can take into consideration as a parent to make your child's visit less fearful.
Try to Keep Conversations Basic
It's natural for your child to be curious and ask you what will go on at the dentist. It's beneficial if you keep the conversation as simple as possible. Try to refrain from using any words such as drill, filling, shots, x-rays, etc. The best and most basic thing to tell them is that the dentist will be checking for sugar bugs on their teeth. From there, the dentist will be able to take over and explain the next steps in a kid-friendly manner.
Most kids like to play pretend and it may be beneficial for the both of you to play pretend dentist prior to the actual appointment. For example, the night or morning before the dental appointment, you can pretend you are the dentist and your child is the patient. Take a toothbrush and count his or her teeth in a fun way. Avoid any drill noises or anything that could make him or her anxious. By playing pretend, it will make your child feel more at ease knowing what to expect.
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