If you cringe at the sight of those bright dental instruments, cringe at the smell of enamel and grip the arms of the dental chair with white knuckles, it might just be a dental phobia. Most likely it is due to a bad childhood experience or childhood fear (somebody did the dentist was scary and built to fear in your mind). When it comes to attitudes to the dentist, childhood is a time really makes or breaks.
But no matter how careful you are dentist (there is help for you too, but that’s another article), there is no reason to be afraid of children to the dentist. You do not have to spend your dental anxiety your child!
Children and dental fears
“No baby is born a fear of the dentist,” says pediatric dentist Rhea Hugest, DMD, with Post Oak Pediatric Dentistry in Marietta, Georgia. “There is a gene transmit. But children can feel their anxiety and learn from you.” Here are some simple dos and don’ts to help prevent dental phobia of children in developing countries.
- NOT find a pediatric dentist who is specially trained to work with infants and young children (and their offices are suitable for children).
- Do not bribe your child to go to the dentist or promising a gift later. That creates the idea that there should be something that is not fun and you will not like.
- Do not say things like, “Oh, do not worry, it will not be scary.” Your child can be scary even to plant the idea in your head is not going to happen.
- NO discuss openly their fear of the dentist in front of his children (which can be very helpful to talk to a professional or a friend / spouse, but not listening ears).
- DO limit the amount of information to share about what happens at the dentist. Do not talk about things like tooth decay, fillings or drills. Just focus on the basic message that dentists keep your teeth healthy and wants to see you smile.
- DO maintain a neutral attitude. Trips approach to pediatric dentists (especially the first visit) matter-of-factly, as a trip to the grocery store.
- DO read stories ahead of time about how the dentist is your friend and a good care of your teeth makes you strong and keeps you healthy.
- Do not assume your child is fearful or anxious if they cry during his first visit to the pediatric dentist. “That does not mean it hurts. Crying and angry is an appropriate response to age”. Remain neutral. Avoid saying things like: “ Okay, it is about to finish”
- Do not take your child to your own dentist to “get used” to a dental office. The sights and sounds of an adult dentist office can scare them. (And if you’re nervous, you will feel it.)
- They practice doing things like counting teeth (lying across his lap and make a game of it), and let them keep their toothbrush and a dental mirror plastic (can be purchased inexpensively at the drugstore).
A pediatric dentist makes the difference
Pediatric dentists are experts in the areas of distraction and make the children feel comfortable (even children as young as one, they are in the “pre-cooperative” stage). Let the dentist do most of the conversation (no editorializing with, “Oh, that looks like it will not hurt at all!”) If in doubt, keep a smile and allow the dentist to handle, as they are especially trained in child psychology. Finally, do not avoid making an appointment with a pediatric dentist, and do not want to deal with it! Teeth of their children (and future oral health) worth.