As parents, we all know that visiting the dentist from an early age is a good idea for healthy teeth as they grow up.
It’s a good idea to get children enthused and excited about trips to the dentist rather than fearful.
Dentists nowadays are mindful of children’s feelings about the dentist so many incorporate child-friendly elements into their surgeries. Entertainment in the waiting rooms such as video games, books and TV’s all help.
Parents can prepare their child for a visit to dentist by asking about the procedures involved so they’ll be no surprises on the day. Discuss with your child about what they should expect during their visit and build in some fun and excitement in to make it a positive, rather than negative experience. The dentist will need to know your child’s medical history so being any medical records with you.
Sometimes, if a child is anxious about a forthcoming dentist appointment, a pre-visit can be arranged to help allay any fears. This is just a chat and look around so that the child can familiarise themselves with the surgery and members of staff. At this visit, the child can also see the tools used and sit in the dentist chair, without any checkup or treatment performed.
The aim of introducing a child to the dentist is for them to be comfortable in visiting the clinic on a regular basis, either, yearly or twice a year. Doing so will set them up to have the best oral health as they grow into adults.