You were probably terrified of going to the dentist as a kid, but with consistent oral hygiene, regular dental visits and the new technology now available, your kids don’t have to be.
Even so, some kids are still anxious about dentist appointments. Usually it’s because they don’t know what to expect.
Dr. Corne Smith says that if your children are scared of the dentist, there are ways to help ease their fears with these 9 Tips:
- Start brushing early.
Even if your baby doesn’t have teeth, you should clean his gums with a baby toothbrush, finger cot or wet cloth after each feeding. Introducing good oral hygiene at an early age prepares kids for examinations and cleanings later on.
- See the dentist before the first birthday.
Corne Smith Dentistry recommends children visit the dentist when the first tooth erupts or by age one. Early dental visits get your child used to the dentist and can prevent dental problems and anxiety about dental procedures in the future.
- Talk about it.
Read a book about going to the dentist, explain what to expect or tell your kids about your own positive experience. “Prepare them really well and then they’re going to be excited to go.”
- Practice at home.
Have your kids sit in a recliner or on the couch and pretend to examine and clean their teeth at home so they’ll know what to expect.
- Make it fun.
Bring a favorite book or toy for a sense of familiarity and comfort. If you make it a fun, happy experience it will likely translate to a positive visit and eliminate future dental fear, Dr. Corne Smith said.
- Be positive.
Regardless of your own past experiences or how you feel about the dentist now, make it a positive time for your kids. Avoid talking about pain or discomfort and emphasize how healthy their teeth will be, for example.
- Drop in.
Dr. Corne Smith recommends coming to the office in Cape Town, Claremont before your child’s appointment so he can meet the staff and the dentist so he can see that there’s nothing to be scared of.
- See a pediatric dentist at Corne Smith Dentistry
Pediatric dentists have specialized training with kids, use smaller instruments, and usually have kid-friendly offices with bright colors, videos and toys. We’re prepared to work with kids who are anxious.
“It’s an easier and more comfortable experience for children,”
- Get help.
If you’re too anxious to bring your child to the dentist, ask your partner, another family member or a friend. “The worst thing a parent can do is teach that fear to their child.”
Start a healthy and fearless dental future early with us, your local kid’s dentist in Cape Town, Corne Smith Dentistry in Claremont, because, we love your children as much as their teeth!