Do you have a hard time getting your kids to the dentist? Well, you are certainly not alone.
It is actually very common for children to experience a fear of visiting the dentist.
Our Top 5 Tips to Help Your Child Through a Dental Visit
While fear of dentists can spring up for many reasons, science has found that a child’s fear is often a result of a parent’s own dental anxieties. This is why it is important for parents to take steps to neutralize these fears so the child can move past them.
Here are some tips to help make an anxious child’s dental visit a breeze.
1. Give Advanced Notice
Before the big day, be sure to give your child an advanced warning that a dental visit is coming up.
Children thrive on predictability and giving them plenty of warning will allow them the time that they need to process any anxiety or ask you any questions they may have.
2. Be Honest and Straightforward
If your child has questions, try to answer them honestly. At the same time, also try not to overwhelm an anxious child with too much information, as this will only heighten their distress.
Whatever you do, never lie to a child to try to soften the blow, this will only make them more distrustful of experiences in the future, and they might not take you at your word in the future.
3. Bring Along a Favourite Toy or Comfort Object
Having a familiar toy can do a lot to comfort a child and help lessen anxiety and stress.
In addition, by associating the experience with a beloved object, the child is likely to be less fearful and hold more positive associations of the experience.
4. Stay Calm and Relaxed
It can be difficult to remain composed when your child is upset or in distress, but if they throw a tantrum at the dentist office, it is important to try to remain as relaxed and collected as possible.
If you become agitated, the child is likely to sense your anxiety and they will believe that their own fear is justified. Remaining calm will demonstrate to a nervous child that there is nothing to fear.
5. Trust Your Dentist
Remember that your dentist is a qualified professional who is here to help. They deal with children on a daily basis and are well informed as to how do to handle a fearful child.
And, don’t be afraid to ask your dentist for their advice.
We Are Highly Experienced in Pediatric Dentistry and We’re Happy To Help Teach Little Ones About Proper Dental Care
Here at Pickering Square Dental, we understand how hard it can be to get your little ones into the dentist office. That’s why we are here to help. We have a full staff of qualified professionals who are here to guide you through every step of the process.
To learn more, come and check us out in person, contact us online, or give us a call at 905.420.1777