Is Your Child Afraid Of The Dentist?
Our Chelmsford dentists offer advice for parents of dental phobic children.
Regular dental care is essential for all ages. Although visiting the dentist is probably not high on anyone’s idea of fun; as parents, we know how distressing the thought of a dental visit can be to children. Sometimes this might be a dental phobia that they have inherited from their parents, but equally may originate from stories that children tell each other at school.
At Blue Sky Dental in Chelmsford, we offer a friendly and supportive environment for children to receive dental treatment. We strongly believe that good quality dental care in their early years will help them to grow up with strong and healthy teeth.
If your child is afraid of seeing a dentist, we offer some advice below which we hope you will find useful.
As mentioned earlier, children often pick up habits from their parents, and, if you exhibit signs of anxiety whenever you take your child to the dentist, they will probably pick up on this too. If you can’t overcome your own fear, you may wish to consider allowing another relative who is comfortable with being at the dentist, to take your child for you.
Bringing your child to see a dentist at around one year old, is increasingly thought to be a positive move in helping them gain confidence. Evidence suggests that children who encounter the dental environment this early, develop less dental anxiety.
You might encourage your children about the importance of dental care by playing at being dentists with them. This gentle approach can help to accustom them to some of the basic procedures they may encounter, such as a check up
Don’t surprise them
Let you child know well in advance when their dental appointment is due. Springing an appointment on them can lead to panic in some children and this also makes any dental treatment they need to receive more difficult, thereby increasing the anxiety. Let them know in advance so that you can answer any concerns that they may have about their appointment and what might happen during it.
Whilst you shouldn’t go into too much detail about dental procedures, especially if they are due to have a tooth extracted or similar; being honest with children about treatment is advisable. You should avoid words that might cause anxiety such as ‘pain’ however.
Make sure that you keep regular appointments for your child. Regular attendance makes visits seem part of a routine and not somewhere that you go only when something is wrong. Our Chelmsford child friendly dentists at Blue Sky Dental will make sure that we treat your child as gently as possible where any treatment is needed.
To arrange an appointment for either yourself, or your child, please call our Chelmsford dental practice on 01245 211070.