Chingford Mount Dental Practice
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4 ways to ease your child’s dental anxiety

For adults, dental appointments may be routine, however for children, this experience can be a scary event. Lying on a chair in an unfamiliar environment, with the stranger poking odd metal objects in their mouth. Therefore if your child is anxious about visiting the dentist, follow these tips to make them feel more comfortable and relaxed.

1. Start young

The best time to take your child to see us is around their first birthday or when his first tooth is visible. We then recommend that you come every 6 months to build up your child's comfort and confidence level in visiting the dentist, to monitor the development of the teeth.

2. Role play visiting the dentist

Role play the visit can ease your child with the idea of visiting the dentist through their play. Try counting your little one’s teeth with a toothbrush, letting them brush their doll or toy’s teeth, or reading the a story about their favourite character visiting the dentist. Try to avoid making drilling noises or including any other “instruments”.

3. Avoid certain words

Try not to use words like ‘shot’, ‘pain’ or ‘hurt’ but instead replace them with positive words, for example ‘strong’ and ‘healthy’ to make the visit seem more fun and less scary.

4. Avoid bribery

Don’t promise your child a special treat if she/he behaves well at the dentist. Doing this will only increase their uneasiness and may send the wrong message, as if there is something to be afraid of. Also avoid promising sugary treats, as the dentist as emphasised having clean, healthy teeth and avoiding sweets, so this will send mixed messages. Instead, praise your child for their general good behaviour and reward with simple things like a small toy or sticker for their bravery.

If you are looking for an experienced dentist in Chingford to treat your child, you are in the right place. To book an appointment, call 020 8529 1246 today.