It’s perfectly normal for kids to feel scared or anxious about a dental appointment. We have some suggestions to make it easier and that may help you as a parent:
Start dental visits at an early age – The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child go to the dentist by age 1 or within six months after the first tooth erupts. It is important to start dental visits at an early stage to establish a familiar pattern and make your child more comfortable at the dentist.
Play dentist at home – Before taking your child to a dental appointment, it can be beneficial to practice being a dental patient. Pretend you are the dentist and examine their mouth and clean their teeth. They can also pretend they are the dentist too and play with stuffed animals. This will teach your children the importance of oral care and will help them get familiarized with the dental checkup process.
Read Dental Story Books to your Kids – Dental story books are great at illustrating a dental experience for kids. They are a good way to help reduce the fear of visiting the dentist.