A visit to a dentist is not everyone's cup of tea, particularly children, making dental anxiety a common problem. Therefore, if you notice that your child loathes a trip to the 'teeth doctor,' they are not alone. Nonetheless, parents need to take matters into their hands to ensure their children overcome dental anxiety. One way to achieve the objective is by making visits to a dentist as enjoyable and exciting as possible. It might seem like an impossible task for most parents, but it should not be the case. This article highlights tips you can use to help your child have a fun experience on their next trip to a dentist.
Make Non-Health Related Visits -- Most parents take their children to see a family dentist only when they have a dental issue. If you do so, your child will find regular visits stressful because they already assume a dentist will probe their mouth with all manner of tools. In addition, the discomfort caused by a dental condition does not make matters any easy. The best thing you can do for your child is to visit a dental clinic even when they have no health issues. It is particularly easy if you have a family dentist because you can call and arrange a visit so that your child can say hi to everyone in the office. It allows your child to get familiar with the environment and staff, which goes a long way in making subsequent visits easy.
Role Play Before a Trip -- If your child has a dentist's appointment the following week, it pays to prepare them for a visit. While there are many ways to do it, the best is role-playing. Most children love role play games. Therefore, you can leverage by pretending to be a patient or a dentist. For instance, if you take the role of a dentist and your child the patient, they will gradually get used to someone else taking a look inside their mouth. Furthermore, allowing your child to play the role of a dentist helps them view their 'teeth doctor' as friendly. Role-playing for several days before a dental checkup trip can transform what used to be an otherwise anxious trip into an exciting experience.
Choose Their Favourite Outfit -- It is common for children to have a favourite outfit or costume. For instance, does your child love to dress up as their favourite superhero? Do they love a particular pair of shoes over others? If so, then you can dress your child in their favourite outfit to minimise the feelings of dental anxiety. Therefore, although it might seem silly for your child to dress in a bumblebee outfit, their comfort and a dentist's ability to access their mouth should be your sole concern. Look into a local dentist for more information.Share
28 April 2022
Miranda Raff here. My brother is a stressed-out dental student, so I'm starting this blog on his behalf. I work in a travel agency and my brother is mortified by the number of dental tourism stories I bring home. I book short holidays for people who seem as though they are going to enjoy some relaxation in an exotic country, only to learn that they plan to have cheap dental procedures. Whilst there are good dentists in developing countries, according to my brother, the complex procedures these people plan to have simply can't be finished in such a limited time. This blog is an attempt to inform you about the high skill levels and advanced technology found in Australian dental surgeries. New techniques are being developed every year and Australian dentists are at the forefront of offering these solutions. I really hope this blog helps you to appreciate our dentists.