Help your child not be afraid of the dentist early on.
For the majority of people, visiting a dentist is one of the most intense fears.
In childhood, kids are especially terrified of a pediatric dentist, and this fear might even turn into a phobia.
The procedure becomes difficult for not only kids but also their parents as most moms and dads worry when their child is in stress.
The Reasons for Fear
There may be various reasons for children to fear dentists. Sometimes, it is the parents who scare their kids with doctors.
They usually do it without any mischief, for example, to make their children brush their teeth.
But parents’ words create the fear, and when a valid reason to visit the doctor emerges, it is impossible to persuade a child to go to a clinic.
Other reasons are the following:
A negative experience in the past.
A kid could have experienced pain caused by a medical practitioner, not even by a dentist, which resulted in a negative emotional response.
Even if a child is not afraid of doctors, the visit to a dentist may be a new experience, and a kid may be afraid of strangers, weird equipment or other unfamiliar issues.
How to Overcome Fear?
The best way to make visits to a dentist less stressful is to acquaint a child with the doctor and the environment in the clinic.
During the first visit to the pediatric dentist, there is no need to force a child to sit in a dental chair or open their mouth.
It is essential to build up trust with a child.
To do it, a physician should not deceive children by saying that procedures will not be painful while it is not true in fact.
Moreover, all the actions of a dentist must correspond to his words.
Sometimes, if a child is terrified of a doctor, it is better to postpone the next visit.
This way, parents will be able to prepare their kid for an upcoming procedure by telling about its importance to avoid pain in the future.
If the case is emergent and cannot be put off, you can calm down your child by suggesting a reward after the visit.
Many children love cartoons, and turning on the favorite one during the procedure is a good way to reduce stress.
No one knows your child better than you.
There are no magic words, but you may know proper words to instill confidence and help a little patient to overcome any fear!