Fear of the dentist is not uncommon; many people spend their entire lives being afraid. You probably want to avoid this happening with your own children. The earlier you can get them to see that a dentist is not someone to be afraid of the easier it makes their lives as they grow older. After all it’s important that we look after our teeth and this means paying a lot of visits to the dentist over a lifetime.
We are going to take a look at what you can do to try and make sure that your child is not afraid of the dentist. Remember, that the earlier you start the better. Most experts recommend that you start taking a child to the dentist when they are around twelve months old. This is when you should start trying to alleviate any fear that your child may have.
Finding a child friendly dentist
There is no doubt that dental costs for the family can start to add up. For this reason you probably do not want to spend large amounts of money on specialist child friendly dental services. The good news is that there are plenty of reasonably priced dentists who are experts in treating children.
They usually have bright and colourful waiting rooms as well as puppets and toys to help them explain dental treatment to children. The best way to find the most appropriate dentist for your child is to seek advice from friends and relatives who take their children to a dentist and to read independent reviews of dentists who advertise as being child friendly.
Behaving in the right way yourself
Very young children really do not have any reason to be afraid of the dentist; they should not have experienced any events that have given them reason to be afraid. Many children get their sense of unease about dentists from their parents. If you are afraid of going to the dentist, and you show it, then your child will pick up on that vibe.
This is why it’s important to deal with your own fear of dentists in order to help your child deal with theirs. If you are not able to attend the dentist without it being obvious that you are uncomfortable you should seek some help dealing with problem. Many dentists specialises in treating people who have a deep rooted fear. If you do not take this action then your feeling of fear is going to continue having an adverse effect on your children. They see you associate the dentist with being afraid and they begin to build the same association in their head.
You can see that two of the most important factors to consider when making sure that your child is not afraid of the dentist are how child friendly the dentist is and how you deal with a trip to the dentist. If you can get these two aspects right you stand a good chance of being able to keep your child stress free when it comes to going to the dentis