Ensure a better dental experience for your child

Many adults can get anxious about going to the dentist, others go so far as avoiding it all together. This associated anxiety from parents can get passed on to children who are yet to have their first dental appointment. Children can sense this fear which leads them to have fear as well. For a child to have a positive experience at the dentist, it is essential that parents prepare children for the visit.

Some children’s fears sometimes stem from previous experiences like undergoing a serious procedure at a very young age, or from a negative experience. In cases like this, it will help to communicate with your child. There are many books and educational shows on TV and online geared towards children. These books and programmes explain things at your child’s level of understanding. If you are struggling to explain the process, they are about to go through. These suggestions should help both you and your child.

Tricks that help to create a better experience

  • Allow them to bring a friend along.
  • Let them bring some toys to keep them distracted.
  • Create anticipation by reading them a children’s book about kids dentistry.
Oral health tips for parents

The earlier you start, the better

Oral hygiene can be instilled from infancy. You can start by rinsing your baby’s mouth with clean, warm water and a soft washcloth.

You can train your child’s taste palate

Make it a habit to give your child healthy less sugary starchy snacks. If they get used to the idea of healthier snacks that promote remineralisation, they are less likely to crave the bad snacks.

Get a special toothbrush

There are a variety of toothbrushes specially designed for children. They are small, have soft bristles and come in fun shapes and designs. If it looks interesting, they may be more interested.

Communicate

It is vital that you explain why brushing is essential. Children will usually do what you do, not necessarily what you say, so let them join in when you brush your teeth. It will be a fun activity.

Use a kids toothpaste

As soon as a child’s teeth start to come in, they are subject to decay. It is vital that you brush the teeth with a kids toothpaste. Kids toothpaste come in different flavours and are safe to ingest.

These tips will all help prepare your child for their visit to the dentist. If your child understands oral health better, they may become more intrigued and excited rather than afraid. Kids dentistry is designed to compliment children. The dentist will also talk to your child and make an effort to make them feel more at ease. For more information contact us or visit the Reddy Dental office for a more pleasant kids dentistry experience.