Regardless of age, many people do not enjoy going to the dentist. Dentist appointments can feel invasive, as the work is being done in the patient’s mouth. However, these appointments and checkups are necessary. It’s important to go in for regular checkups and cleanings, as this will help keep teeth healthy and it is the best method for catching issues like cavities.
Going to the dentist can be especially troubling for children. Young children are often scared of going; how do you comfort your child and help them get over their fears?
Don't Be Scared!
Start When They’re Young
The best way to make sure your child is at ease during a dental appointment is to introduce the dentist young. If they are familiar with a dentist early on as non-threatening and pain free, the more likely that they will not have a problem.
Stick with One
Another way to make sure a child isn’t scared when at the dentist office is to keep the same team. If you child had a good experience with a certain hygienist and dentist, it’s important to make sure that the next time they go they are treated by the same pair. This will give them less reason to worry or be nervous.
<span”>If all else fails, and a child is still nervous or anxious in the chair, one of the better ways to resolve this is to provide a distraction. Whether that’s having the T.V. on, talking, or just holding their hand, giving a child something else to focus on is a good tool to help them get through their checkup.
The Final Word
Going to the dentist can be a stressful situation for young children. With a little work and forethought, you can help your child feel safe and comfortable at the dentist and avoid that appointment anxiety.