When it’s time to visit the dentist, the younger members of your family may not be as excited. Many children experience anxiety when they go to the dentist, they feel emotions ranging from mild opposition to extreme fear just thinking that they have to sit on the couch. It is important to help your child to have the best possible experience in the dental office, as it will mark him for the future.
Here are some tricks to help you better manage the “dental phobia” of your children:
Do not transmit your own fears to your child.
If you feel anxiety when you see your dentist you may be transmitting those same fears to your children without realizing it. Be careful with the behavior and language you use before and after your visit to the dentist.
If you talk about how unpleasant the experience has been, show fear or express other negative things in front of the children, they can interpret it as normal behavior and copy it. Whatever the reason that triggered your fear of the dentist, do not pass it on to your children, as they must learn that regular visits to the dentist are a normal and fundamental part of oral health and care.
Begin dental visits at an early age.
Visiting the dentist once the child has had the first teeth will make him grow and become familiar with that experience as normal. Making regular visits (every 6 months for example) will also help the infant to trust the dentist. All this will help control your child’s levels of anxiety at the time of going to the dentist.
Do “dental games” at home.
This means that we have to try, as parents, to introduce oral health and the dentist as a game in our daily routines and not a monster, making it fun. For example “play at being a dentist” and that one or the other plays to check the teeth. There are also books that tell how a visit to the dentist takes place in a very entertaining way. Bringing the idea of the “dental office” home and associating it with positive ideas is a great way to help your child normalize visits to the dentist.
Advise your child in advance of your appointment with the dentist.
It may seem an easy option at first glance not to tell your child that you have an appointment at the dentist, but nothing else far from reality. This can cause a greater concentration of stress in less time, even to be able to cause a state of anxiety or panic. It can also lead to a loss of confidence in you if the child feels attacked or surprised. Advise your child with enough time so that you can do little by little to the idea and can process their emotions, and also have the possibility to clarify any doubts you may have before such an event.
Explain things with honesty and positivity.
When your child asks you about your oral health or about your next visit to the dentist, try to answer him as honestly and positively as possible. Do not give details in excess but not a mere “everything will be fine”, we must explain what the visit will consist of, but we must do it in an affable, calm manner and never lie to them or promise them something we do not know for sure. You can tell them, in the case of the youngest ones, that “the dentist only wants to count your teeth”, or “the dentist wants to see how well you brushed your teeth”. Communicating effectively with your children will help them trust you and know why they have to go to the dentist.
Go to a pediatric dentist.
Family dentists and pediatric dentists are perfectly trained and trained by experience to deal with young people and children and their specific oral problems. They have psychological techniques for the correct handling of more or less difficult infants and can offer the option of conscious sedation for the most fearful … etc. In addition, they usually have facilities that are brightly decorated and decorated so that children feel more comfortable.