Often parents who are anxious about visiting the dentist themselves will mistakenly believe they are protecting their child by holding off on dental care. The rationalization of “they are only baby teeth” gives them the confidence to wait. Is that the best thing to do for them? Not really. As a parent, what you really want to do is protect them from the same anxiety you feel, but you can do that better by introducing them to a dentist as early as possible. Here are some steps for making your child comfortable with the dentist for a lifetime of anxiety-free visits.
- Step #1 – Take your child with you when others in your family see the dentist. Children learn at a young age by mimicking those around them.
- Step #2 – Set an appointment for your child when the first tooth has emerged. This visit isn’t going to involve cleaning. Instead, it is an opportunity for you to learn more about how to best take care of your child’s teeth. This is particularly important if this is your first child and you have questions about good oral hygiene and how diet affects oral health. It is also a chance for the child to become better acquainted with the dentist so they aren’t seen as a stranger later.
- Step #3 – Continue taking your child to the dentist on the schedule the dentist recommends. Each visit gets your child more comfortable until eventually they will allow an exam. A quality dentist will go at the pace of your child so as not to create anxiety. The longer you wait, the more likely they will have developed unnecessary fears. Usually by age two, they are just fine with seeing the dentist and more dental services can be accomplished.
You’ll find it easy for your child to develop a healthy relationship with a dentist here at Amberwood Dental Centre. Our office provides children’s dentistry with the goal to start them on a lifetime of good oral health, so they can enjoy a lifetime of smiles and confidence. Contact us today with any questions you may have.