Sometimes we wonder why kids are so scared of going to the dentist’s office. Then we remember the occasional pain, the moving parts that are inserted into your mouth, the loud machinery, spitting into the funnel and seeing blood, and we can understand where they are coming from. However, the fear shouldn’t stop us from taking our kids for regular checkups, cleanings, and procedures. Taking care of these things proactively can lead to great savings down the road, not to mention a lot of grief and suffering.
This is precisely why it’s worth investing some thought into how we can make the visit to the dentist’s something to celebrate and look forward to rather than fear. Here are some strategies that some parents like to use and have found successful in making dental health painless for everyone:
Find a Friendly Dentist
There are dentists who specialize in young patients and pride themselves on using techniques and methods which help kids see the dentist’s as a fun experience rather than a painful endeavor. Some use special chairs, have the right colouring pages, play animated movies on the monitors, or give them a special treat afterwards. Sometimes it’s just as easy as having the right personality. The approach of the dentist and his or her staff can make all the difference to our little patients.