From unknown instruments and sounds to strangers poking inside their mouths, dentist visits can sometimes be confusing and stressful for kids. Early dental care is essential in establishing and maintaining healthy oral health, so easing dentist anxiety is critical.
Children should start to see a dentist shortly after their teeth emerge, allowing any issues to be prevented or successfully managed in the early stages. With regular dental care and practices adopted at a younger age, kids are more likely to look after their oral health throughout their adult life.
As visits to the dentist are necessary, it’s important to properly prepare your child for the experience. At Balmain Dentist, our family dentists specialise in welcoming young, first-time patients. Here’s how we recommend preparing your child for their first dentist appointment.
Explain Why the Dentist is Important
Children are more relaxed when they feel prepared and informed about situations. When you’re chatting to your child about a dentist visit, be careful about the phrases and words you use. It’s important to avoid using negative words or descriptions that may create anxiety, including words that indicate pain or discomfort. Instead, speak about the dentist in casual, general and positive phrases.
Explain how the dentist helps to keep your teeth and mouth clean and healthy – so you can enjoy all of your favourite foods and treats. If you begin to foster a positive association with family dentist visits from an early age, your child will be much more receptive and cooperative in the future.
Be a Good Role Model
Kids model the behaviour of adults, so it’s important to begin to embody the behaviour and characteristics you want to see from your child. When it comes to your own dentist appointments, make a point to keep up with your dental hygiene schedule and attend regular consultations with your dentist. Chat with your child about your own dentist experiences and how frequently and regularly you like to go. Explain what the dentist does during your consultations and how it helps you to stay healthy.
Take the time to practice good oral hygiene at home – including brushing twice daily, flossing and visiting the dentist – to begin to show your children that maintaining oral health is just another everyday activity.
Choose a Dental Practice with a Reputable Family Dentist
The personality, skill and approach of your family dentist will greatly impact your child’s experience. Make sure to choose a practice with a compassionate and caring family dentist that you – and your child – feel comfortable with. Ask friends and family for recommendations and explore online reviews of family dentists in your area.
For patients in Sydney, Balmain Dentist’s family dentists offer genuine, caring and considerate dental services for children of all ages. We endeavour to ensure that every child and family feels thoroughly valued and comfortable throughout every visit.
Organise a Dentist Appointment at Balmain Dentist
Visits to the dentist don’t have to be scary. At Balmain Dentist in Sydney, our family dentists offer a range of high quality oral and dental care services for patients of all ages.