We know that not everyone enjoys visiting the dentist. In fact, over 10% of the British population experience high anxiety about it. Typically, these anxieties stem from childhood.
In the past, many dentists didn’t make much effort to put their patients at ease. If you had a bad experience with a dentist early on in life, it can be difficult to overcome this, even once you’ve found a much more caring dentist.
This, of course, is challenging enough… but sometimes it doesn’t stop there. It’s not uncommon for parents who are nervous of the dentist to pass this on to their children. This can become a real cycle of dental anxiety, which is not good for anyone, or their teeth!
We believe that it’s really important to ensure that your child has positive interactions with the dentist as early as possible. These friendly visits will help to set a foundation for a good relationship with their dentist into their teens and beyond.
It doesn’t have to be tricky to teach your child to enjoy visiting the dentist! Here are our tips:
- Choose a friendly dentist who is used to working with children.
- Take your children along to your appointments, and make sure you use positive language when you talk about it.
- Smile while you’re there! It’s important that your child doesn’t pick up on any nerves you may be feeling.
- Don’t rush it! Most good dentists will expect to work at the child’s pace. This might mean that it takes a few visits before they’re confident enough for a full examination.
- Visit regularly. Dentists recommend that children visit the dentist every six months. Not only does this mean that they’ll be able to keep a close eye on teeth development, it also means your child will get used to the routine.
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