Skip to main content

Little Smiles: Curing Your Child's Fright of Dentists

You’ll be looking a long time before you find someone who actually enjoys visiting the dentist. While it’s something intrusive and uncomfortable about the whole process, we know very well that it needs to be done - kind of like spending half our monthly income on paying rent.

Image link: Pexels

Your children, on the other hand, don’t feel the same sense of relief of having something over and done with, and the thought of going to the dentist can be a lot scarier to some children than others. Make the hour a bit easier for them, as well as your dentist, by using these handy tips for helping them overcome their fright.

They’ll smile a lot brighter afterward, that’s for sure.

Start early

The sooner you get your children to the dentist, the better. Not just because they’ll be able to take care of any dental problems immediately, although this is also an excellent reason, but because it’s easier for them to get used to it when they start young.

Start the annual visits at around age one or when you notice the sign of their very first tooth. The experience won’t seem as overwhelming by the time they reach school age, and they’ll also be in a much better position for taking properly care of their teeth.

Don’t make a big deal out of it

Try not to give too many details about the visit to the dentist. Some parents who are just as nervous about booking their own appointments tend to make it a bit worse for their children, even if it’s unintentional, as they share details of past experiences.

It could go the other way around too when the parents make it seem like everything will be over with after five minutes - and the reality ends up being quite different. Loaded words such as ‘hurt’ and ‘pain’ are also smart to avoid; let the dentist do the talking and allow your child to stay calm and comfortable.

Keep it simple and without too much details. A pediatric dentist is usually quite good at doing this, by the way, as they’ll chat their way through the session and keep your child’s mind occupied - so there’s no need for those details before the visit, really.

Play pretend

Play pretend is an excellent idea for particularly young children who didn’t go through their first dentist visit when they were one. All you need is a toothbrush and a sense of humor; tell them to open wide, count their teeth, and pretend to be cleaning them. You should avoid any drilling noises, obviously, and still avoid any negative words that could make your child scared.

Give them the toothbrush afterward and let them have a look at your mouth. Although you won’t necessarily clean their teeth and they certainly won’t clean yours, that’s not really the point - the idea is to give your child an image of what going to the dentist will be like.

If you don’t want anyone to inspect your teeth, let alone your child, you can arrange a play pretend session with their stuffed animals or a doll. It’s all about preparation for the real world and feeling comfortable when they’re in the actual situation.

But don’t take your child with you

Some parents choose to include their children in their own visits to the dentist, but experts say this might not be the best idea. Although their intentions are good, the sterile look of a dental office for adults can be a lot more unsettling than their first visit to the pediatric dentist, and their impression may just increase their worries.

Plus, if you’re a bit uncomfortable in the chair yourself, it’s quite likely that your child will notice it on your face and body language. The procedures you may have to go through are probably a bit more intense than what your child’s teeth require, and the visit gives them a skew perception of what their own session will look like.

When not even mommy or daddy feels safe in the dentist chair, how are they supposed to relax and feel comfortable?

Remember that it’s perfectly normal for children to cry a bit, wiggle, and whine when they’re visiting the dentist. Stay calm, don’t make a big deal out of it, and everything will be over with as soon as possible.

They get to enjoy that toy at the end too, and can show it off to all their friends who probably picked the same one.


Popular posts from this blog

Top Tips for Moms Taking Online Degrees

  Online degrees can often be the best option for moms who want to get back into education due to their flexibility and the wide range of subjects that there are available for them to study. However, online degrees are not always plain sailing, and to make sure that you can get the grade that you deserve, read on for some top tips for moms interested in taking online degrees.  Choose the Right Degree Choosing the right online degree is vital to your success. Picking a subject that you are passionate about and that you have a natural talent for will ensure that you can breeze through your course and ensure that you have the motivation to continue even when you do struggle. If you are looking for an online degree that is perfect for moms, a Bank Street Early Childhood Leadership certificate can help you to advance your career in teaching, build upon your previous qualifications, and allow you to get a career that can be easily juggled with the commitments of parenting.  Balance Family a

Liquid Chalk spray! Chalk Idea #7

Last week we tried out the fizzing sidewalk chalk- click here to read that review. This week it is liquid chalk spray.  They are a bit similar but yet different.  Here is how to make it: Supplies: 1 tsp. washable tempura paint 1 cup of hot water 1/2 cup of cornstarch squirt of dishwashing liquid 1 squirt bottle- I found them at the dollar store 1.  Add cornstarch to one cup of hot water whisking to mix so that there are no clumps. 2.  Add one teaspoon of washable tempura paint and a quirt of dishwashing liquid.  Mix well. 3.  Pour it into your squirt bottles and shake well. 4.  Go have fun!!!   This kept my daughters attention much longer the the fizzy chalk last week.  I also think this was easier to work with and just more fun in general.  I love seeing the chalk wet but then to see it dry.  I think it dried darker so it was fun to see the changes.  :)  Ready, Set, Go!  Have some fun! She is my little model... she kept saying "take my picture mom." She is like her

Toddler Rainbow Craft for St. Patricks Day

St. Patrick's day is March 17th so its approaching quickly.  I have a few ideas on art and food projects that i want to do with the kiddos.  Hopefully I will have enough time to complete them and share them with you.   This was a super easy one for those little hands.  I cut the stripes of colored paper but if you are working with a preschooler or school aged child then they can practice cutting.  The two toddler boys here only had to glue the pieces on their piece of paper.  EASY, but they enjoyed it!  :)  It sure has brightened my kitchen with them hanging on the fridge!  :)   I also talked more about the Promise God gave us with the rainbow since I know that history a whole lot better then the history of the Irish Holiday!