Posted by Barack Levin on 14th February 2012
The last thing any parent wants to see is their child scared or in pain – or to have to undergo invasive treatment in the future like dental implants. When it comes to going to the dentist, there are a few things that can be done to prevent these issues and make sure your little one is as comfortable with this process as they can possibly be. This article is here to educate and help families with this kind of problem; we will be talking about some of the tips and tricks parents have use to ensure their child’s visits to the dentist is always a positive one.
Teach Good Dental Habits from the Beginning
Most literature on becoming a new parent will tell you that even though your child does not have teeth when they are born, you should use a soft cloth on their gums to remove any possible germs from their mouth. When the baby starts to get teeth, it is the responsibility of the parents to make sure they stay clean until the child is old enough – and responsible enough – to brush, floss and take care of their oral health as a whole.
Schedule Your Child for their First Dental Visit
Most dentists will start seeing young patients when they are between 18 months and two years old.. Some parents will want to find out, when looking for the right dentist for their child, if parents are allowed to come in the room with the child – since some dental offices feel that it will only make the child more anxious having the parents in the room. This can create anxiety for some new and first time parents, being told that they have to leave their young child in the hands of strangers.
You may have to wait impatiently in the waiting room where you can’t see or hear what is going on. You know your child better than anyone else, and if you are not comfortable with sending your child into the dental exam without you in the room, you might want to look for another dental provider. You need to find a dentist who understands and respects you and your child’s wishes
What to do between this Time Frame
Depending on your child’s age, there are different way you can talk to your child about the dentist, who they are and what they do. You can go to the library and get picture books to read with your child ahead of time, which will show your child exactly what to expect. This is an excellent way to help ease feelings of anxiousness, as is taking your child along you with you during dental appointments to show there is nothing to be scared of – probably best not to do so during root canal treatment or dental implants though!
Also, if your child has a favourite doll or stuffed animal that they play with, you can demonstrate the simply kind of actions the dentist will perform. Giving your child a chance to be aware of the dentist’s actions ahead of time will ensure there is nothing to be afraid of. But don’t forget that every child is different. What works for one child may not work for another. By knowing your child’s anxieties and fears in relation to a trip to the dentist, you can hopefully nip any early indications of dental phobia in the bud from an early age and send your child on a life-long journey to good oral health.
Schedule Regular Visits to the Dentist
If you schedule your child’s visits to the dentist every six months, this will start a routine for your child to get used to, so that they know when it is happening and what to expect. The best of luck is wished to you and your child in what is an important matter!
Post by: Richard is a freelance writer who does his best to promote good oral health among children, having felt the brunt of poor oral health standards himself in the past! He writes for many UK dental implant clinics but hopes you care for your child’s oral health so it doesn’t get to this stage. He is @thefreshhealth on Twitter and welcomes your visit.