It’s that time of the month when you have a “disagreement” with your child because they are too scared to go to the dentist. Is this scene familiar? Although, eventually, your children would have to go and have their teeth checked eventually. It is your responsibility as a parent to make sure they go to the dentist willingly. Here are some ways to help make that possible.
Find a Child-Friendly Dentist
Check their office and staff if they truly are child-oriented. Don’t base your choice on whether they give candy or ice cream after the check-up is done. Instead, base your decision on how well the dentist and the staff treat your child. Also, consider the child’s opinion of the doctors and staff after their first visit to find the right dentist for them.
“Dentists are Doctors too”
If your child can already identify doctors and their importance, you can use that knowledge to explain how a dentist is a doctor too. Have them associate visiting a dentist with good things, such as keeping people’s teeth away from “sickness” and the dentist helping teeth to stay healthy and strong. If you can show your child the health-related importance of visiting the dentist clinic regularly, they will be more willing to join you there.
Show as Well as Tell
When you go to your next appointment, bring your child with you. You are the role model to your kids, and if they see that it’s all right for you to go to the dentist then they’ll likely think that it’s all right for them too. It would also help if you go to the same Lakeville dental clinic, as it will be easier for them to equate dental health to the venue. There are family-oriented dental offices you can visit, according to Miller Comfort Dental.
All these pieces of advice can help you encourage your kid to visit the dentist. However, being proud of them to have their teeth checked is still one of the best parental motivations you can offer. Praise them when you visit your dentist and they will most likely feel happy coming with you.