Parents should start taking the children to the dentist as soon as their teeth grow. The first visit is not always to handle the problem on the teeth, but rather as a mission to make them feel familiar with the dentist, and not feel afraid to return during the next routine visit. So says Dr. Tina M. Frangella, DDS, PC, from Commack Hills Dental Group, New York.
At each visit, the dentist will usually check the condition of the child’s mouth and teeth to see if there are corals or holes. In addition, doctors will also teach how to clean the teeth and mouth of the child to parents. If the child is old enough when taken to the dentist, you need to automatically prepare more mentally. Especially considering beyond the many horror stories surrounding dentists. For that, you can prepare children with the following tips:
- Explain what will happen in the dentist’s room, but try to explain it simply. For example by saying that the dentist will “count” and “take photos” of their teeth. So also when you and your child are already in the dentist’s room. Ask your doctor to explain what to do with your child’s teeth so they will not be afraid.
- If you have a bad experience with a dentist during childhood, do not tell the child. Avoid using words like “injection” or “drill”, because it will make the child so afraid to the doctor. Also avoid lying that the procedure will not hurt at all. “Parents need to set a good example.The fear of dentists in children is more because they see you are also afraid of dentists,” said Dr. Frangella from mcfol.
- Avoid the habit of threatening the child to take him to the dentist if he is being naughty in his daily life. “Many parents also often say they will bring a child to a dentist for an injection if he is lazy to brush his teeth.This is not true, because it will only make the image of the dentist worse in the eyes of children,” added Dr. Frangella again.
- Look for books that tell a child’s experience when visiting a dentist. Of course, the book is educational and has a positive effect on the child, not the other way around.
- Not all children should be kept by their parents when examined by the dentist. There are some children who can respond better to his dentist while alone rather than accompanied by his parents. There’s nothing wrong if you stay outside, rather than go inside and make the process of checking so stunted. Tell the child that you are outside when he needs, then please wait outside.