Take your kids to the dentist is very necessary to keep their teeth healthy and promote excellent oral hygiene habits.
But in the eyes of kids, a trip to the dentist can be a scary event for them. Because they have to lie on a chair in an unfamiliar room, with unfamiliar noises and strange objects around them. And while a stranger is try to poke cold, metallic, and unusual instruments inside his mouth.
In addition, during the time your child’s teeth continue to fall out and grow, they may havee to take at least 10 trips to the dentist before starting kindergarten. To help ease future visits for your child (and for the dentist!), parents should follow these steps so that he will feel comfortable and more relaxed.
1. Start visit to dentist at early age
According to Dr. Rhea Haugseth, President of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the best time for first visit of your kid starts at age 1 or when the first tooth is visible.
2. Make the visit simple
When preparing your kid for a visit to the dentist, especially the first time, try not to tell him too many details. Because if you doing so, it will raise more questions and adding more information about an extra treatment . Or this may cause unnecessary anxiety.
Keep a positive attitude when discussing an upcoming visit, but don’t make your kid lose hope, avoid saying that everything will be fine, because if you child ends up with needing a treatment, he might lose trust in both you and the dentist. Says Dr.Joel Berg_ Director of the Department of Dentistry at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
3. Take care Your Words
Never use the words like ‘S’ (shot),’H’ (hurt) or ‘P’ (pain) with children,. You should let the staff introduce their own vocabulary to your kids to help them get through difficult situations,Dr. Berg suggests.
Instead, you should tell your child that the dentist is looking for “sugar bugs” so he can clean them off their teeth. “My favorite thing to have parents tell their child is that we are going to check their smile and count their teeth_that’s it and nothing else. Said Dr. Michael J. Hanna_a pediatric dentist in McKee Rocks, Pennsylvania, and a national spokesperson of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
Use positive phrases like “clean, strong, healthy teeth” to make their visit seem fun and good rather than scary and alarming.
4. Play with kids as pretend the visit
Before the first appointment with dentist, parents should play with them like pretend with your child to be the dentist and the patient, Dr. Berg says.
All you’ll need is a toothbrush. Count your little one’s teeth by starting with the number 1 or the letter A and avoid making noises or lining up other “instruments.”
You can even hold up a mirror and show him or her how the dentist might look at and check her teeth. Then let your child role-play by using a toothbrush to clean the teeth of a stuffed animal or the doll.
The key is getting him familiar with the routine so that he will be more comfortable for the first visit.
A book with picture and detailed illustrations and easy-to-understand language can also help children get a sense of what to expect.
5. Prepare for Some hassle
It is normal and don’t worry if a young child cry, whine, wiggle, and not want to be examined by a stranger,” Dr. Haugseth explains.
Stay calm and remember that the dentist and her staff are used to working with children and everything will be ok.
Let the dental care professionals guide you everything. They might ask you to stay at a distance or to hold your kid’s hand, which will provide comfort and prevent him from grabbing any dental instruments.
6. Avoid Bribery
Experts never recommend promising your child a special treat if she behaves well at the dentist. Because if you doing so, it just increase their anxiety.
You should says “If you don’t fuss or cry, you’ll get a lollipop”. This might make your little one think, “What’s so bad about the dentist that I might want to cry?” Promise your child a sugary treat means sending the wrong message after a dentist emphasizes having clean, healthy teeth by avoiding sweets that can cause cavities.
Instead, after the visit is over, lets praise your child for her good behavior and bravery. Or you can surprise her with a sticker or a small toy as an encouragement.
7. Emphasize the Importance of keep the teeth hygienic
Parents should teach their child that visiting the dentist is very neccessary, not a choice. And that the dentist will take care of teeth for her, and they will make the teeth strong enough for him to eat.
Parent also have to explain that the dentist can helps prevent cavities and ensures that his patients will have a beautiful smile for years to come.
As Dr. Haugseth explains, A no-nonsense attitude from the parents will set the base for what the child should expect to achieve excellent oral health.