I was recently talking to a friend who had taken her daughter to a Dublin, Ohio pediatric dentist and she was so scared while she was there. It took a while for her mom to talk her into going back into the room. So we got talking about ways to help kids not be scared at the dentist.
As a parent you know how important it is for kids to go to the dentist and take good care of their teeth. But when kids are upset and not being cooperative, it can be really hard to make yourself deal with it all and take them to the dentist. Finding ways to help kids not be scared of the dentist is extremely important.
The first step in helping children not be afraid of the dentist is to start young. It is best to start taking kids to the dentist at age 1 or as soon as the first tooth is visible. When kids start seeing a dentist that young, kids rarely feel afraid.
Be an example. It is important for kids to see their parents go to the dentist. It is also important for kids to not hear their parents or other adults in their life, say that they are afraid of the dentist. If kids hear things like that, they start to think that they should be afraid too.
If you child seems afraid, talk to them about what will happen. Talk them through each step and explain to them what the dentist will do. Maybe even try role playing it and pretending the child is at the dentist. Oftentimes, kids are afraid of the unknown and that is what makes them afraid of going.
Make it Fun. Sometimes kids do much better when it is fun. Bring along a special toy or stuffed animal. A favorite book or toy can provide a sense of familiarity and comfort, making the experience a much more positive experience.