Both my husband and I are dentists and too often we see children come to the dental clinic and are absolutely traumatised. The kids behave erratically and cry till their parents surrender and take the kids away. Unfortunately, repeated cycles will lead to children not attending the dentist and generally these are the kids that need dental treatment asap. The best thing you can do, as parents, to reduce your child’s dental anxiety is to take them to the dental clinic as soon as their 1st tooth appears. Inform the dentist that this is their first visit. The dentist will have a look inside their mouth, introduce your child to the various instruments used in the clinic and probably give them a ‘goodies bag’ as an incentive to come back for regular visits. Do some role playing at home to mimic the dental clinic. There are also children books available to teach kids what happens at the dental clinic and the consequences of not seeing a dentist regularly. It is equally imperative for the kids to join their parents when the parents are getting their dental treatment performed. If the parents are scared of the dentist, the kids will be too.

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Published 18th October 2019

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