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How Do I Make My Kids Less Afraid of the Dentist?

Posted by on April 17, 2018 under Dental Health

It’s common for children to be afraid of the dentist. Still, with a little effort, you can show your child that there’s no reason to be afraid.  The Brampton pediatric dentist has been trained to deal with kids who have anxieties and fears about their dental visit They will do their best to assure the child and make sure they have a comfortable and safe visit to the dentist.

Tips to help your kids be less afraid of the dentist

If you’re worried that your child will be afraid of the Brampton dentist, here are some tips to help you ease your child’s anxieties and fears.

  • Start your child off with a pediatric dentist, since they are specifically trained to help young children become comfortable with the dentist
  • At a young age, it is important for you as the parent to teach the child about proper dental hygiene and the importance of dental checkups
  • If your child has an appointment for the dentist, tell them a few days in advance that the appointment is coming up. This allows the child to get comfortable with the idea, instead of springing it on them at the last minute. This will give them time to ask questions and process their feelings about the visit.
  • Avoid bribing your kids with sugary sweets.
  • Pay attention to your words. Do not use words like shot, hurt, or pain. Allow the dentist to bring up those words or words. They will do their best to bring them up in a way or in a context that will make the child as unafraid as possible.
  • If the dentist has time, allow them to do a simulate visit in which they would allow the child to see the tools, hold them, and even place a capped syringe next to the gum for the amount of time it would normally take for a shot.

Start your child off right, by making a Brampton dentist appointment for your child to get used to the dentist with checkups.