Sounds of dental drills and dentists with masks over their mouths are images of childhood nightmares. However, just because many people are afraid of going to the dentist, doesn’t mean that your kids have to be. From getting them excited to showing them what it will feel like, here are 3 ways to get your children excited about their first trip to the dentist.
Rule #1 is avoiding saying anything negative about the dentist like things such as, “Are you scared?” or “The dentist isn’t very fun.” Instead, say positive things like “The dentist is so nice,” and “Your teeth are going to be so clean afterwards.” By associating positive connotations with going to the dentist, your child should have no need to even be scared.
Although it might seem easier not to tell your child what they will experience at the dentist, this will only leave them feeling betrayed and resentful afterwards. Instead, prepare your child for the whole experience at-home. Simply take turns laying down and looking into each others mouths. Show your kids where your molars are and let them look at your mouth with a flashlight. You can even tell your kids to wiggle their teeth around or scratch at their teeth, so that they know what kind of sensation to expect.
By preparing your kids for the dentist, their first trip to the dental chair will be a breeze. Plus, it just might be the inspiration they need to want to be a dentist themselves.
- Talk it Out
Just like with any big milestone that your child faces, they are bound to feel anxious and scared. If all else fails, talk it out with your child. Ask them questions like: “Why are you nervous” and “Tell me what you’re scared about?” That way you can address their questions and calm them down before they even step-foot in the dental office.
Getting yourself to the dentist is a chore within itself, but getting your children to the dentist is an even larger challenge. With these 3 tips, you can help you child feel a lot calmer and more at ease about their first time to the dentist.
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