Taking your child to the dentist can be a trying ordeal for both the parent and child. However, making sure that you, as a parent or guardian, are calm and positive about the situation can make a world of difference. Remember, your child looks to you for guidance.
A dental clinic is somewhere your child will need to visit at least once a year. When you make it a positive experience from the beginning, you lay the foundation for positive visits in the future.
Now, let’s just start by saying that all kids are different. Some might be absolutely fine with going to the dentist, but some may not. Telling them what is going to happen is better than springing a surprise visit on them.
Depending on the child’s age, they will have some idea what the dentist is for. However, whether it’s a quick and easy checkup, or something more involved procedure, it’s essential to be as honest as possible – while still choosing your words carefully. (more…)