It’s no secret the dentist may be up there with your child’s biggest fears. Between all of the poking and prodding, a simple check-up can feel uncomfortable. Here’s a handy guide to ensure your child faces a dental exam with confidence.
- Hide your own dental fears. Your child will pick up on them if you don’t.
- Perhaps have a partner or another family member, like an aunt, accompany the child.
- Talk to your child about what the dentist will do and why. Keep the messaging positive and realistic. Hold their hand if you’re able to.
- A child-friendly dental office will have plenty of distractions for them in the waiting room and while they’re in the chair.
- You too can distract them if necessary, with a favourite book or toy, perhaps. Answer all their questions if they are unable to focus on a book or toy.
- A simple light and positive conversation should do the trick.
Prepare them physically
- No child is at their best when he or she is tired. Make sure they are well rested, and they will handle the experience better.
- Make sure they are hydrated, too. If they have a tendency to become queasy or gag, ensure they have a healthy and light lunch about an hour beforehand.
Rewards go a long way
- Plan to do something fun after the dental appointment. Give your child something to look forward to.
- It doesn’t have to be an extravagant reward, just something that suggests they got through the appointment like a champ.
And there you have it: With these tips, your next trip to the dentist with your child should be a breeze.