Good dental hygiene is important, particularly for children, but if your child has a fear of the dentist, how can you make sure that they attend their all-important check-up? With a good dentist who knows how to deal with a nervous child, all of their fears and anxieties will melt away. So how exactly can you make your child less apprehensive about a trip to the dentist? Read on to find out more.

Good Habits
Children should start at the dentist as early as possible. This will allow your child to become familiar with the check-up and the sights and sounds of the dentist. They should start going as soon as they get their first tooth. Encouraging good habits from the outset such as good dental hygiene, correct brushing techniques and limiting sugary snacks will encourage good habits and make trips to the dentist less scary.

A Good Role Model
If you are anxious about the dentist yourself, your children will pick up on this. Maintain a positive attitude and avoid making your child scared about the appointment.

Talk to your child
For children a dentist can often be fear of the unknown. Talk about what will happen when you visit and make a trip to the dentist sound fun and appealing, particularly to younger children.

Choose Your Dentist Carefully
Dentists should be practitioners who both you and your child feel that you can trust. You should also be comfortable with the dentist. Toothcare should be something that’s fun and provided in a comfortable and welcoming environment and a good dentist will ensure that this happens.

Even if you follow the above steps, it just might not be enough to soothe your child’s anxiety about visiting the dentist. Children can cry, become fussy or difficult and even refuse to open their mouth. There are lots of tips and tricks that you can use to make the process less daunting. Allow them to take their favourite toy as a distraction, let them take a book or their favourite stuffed toy or blanket or play them some music on your smartphone. All of these are great tricks to keep them pre-occupied without them worrying about what’s going to happen when they sit in the dentist’s chair. Over time the fear that your child has may fade as they grow older and realise that going to the dentist isn’t as bad as it first seems. No matter how anxious your child is about the dentist it is still important that you attend regular check-ups to maintain optimum dental health.

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