How to Help Your Child With Dental Anxiety

Posted December 1, 2022 by in Health + Fitness
father and son brushing teeth together in bathroom mirror

At some point, your child is going to need to go to the dentist. Dental anxiety is very common among children and it is something that you must work hard as a parent to get rid of. 

Anxiety can make a trip to the dentist more dramatic than it needs to be. If you’re ready to tame your child’s dental anxiety, here are some tips to assist you.

Set a Good Example

One of the best things you can do as a parent is set a good example. If you have a fear of the dentist then you might pass on dental anxiety to your child. 

You need to make sure that you are setting a good example. Always be positive about the dentist and discuss the importance of their work.

Talk about how they make sure people don’t have cavities, and also how they can assist us with getting our straight teeth with braces.

Speaking positively like this we’ll have your child get over their fear of the dentist.

Read Books About Dentists

There are several books that you can buy that will have positive stories in them about children visiting the dentist. Reading stories like these to your child will help them to see how the importance of the dentist.

They will see that visiting the dentist can be fun. It does not have to be an occasion that is filled with anxiety.

Role Play

Role-playing is a great way for you to get your child enthusiastic about going to the dentist. Having them play the dentist at one point and then the patient can help them to feel more comfortable with the whole scenario of going to the dentist.

Select the Right Dentist

It’s important to make sure that you’re selecting the right dentist. The dentist that you are selecting must be extremely child-friendly. 

Having a dentist with a less than kid-friendly bedside manner will only help to strengthen your child’s dental anxiety.

Do a Consultation

Getting a consultation ahead of your first visit to the dentist with your child is a great way to get them comfortable. 

This way they can see the dentist’s office and even talk to the dentist directly. This can go a long way in making them feel comfortable with the whole process.

They can also ask the dentist any questions that they have on their mind and become more comfortable with their first visit.

Enjoy Good Dental Health

Enjoying good dental health is a priority. You should teach your children that the dentist is a healthcare provider that we should not try to avoid. They need to understand that dentists are there to help them have great smiles. 

They should understand that dentists help make chewing and eating food a lot easier by taking care of our teeth.  Once you present the dentist in a friendly light it will become a lot easier for your child to be comfortable at the dentist.