5 Tricks To Make Dentist Visits More Fun For Your Kids

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Do you remember being too scared to visit the dentist when you were young? It’s adults who should be scared of the dentist because when your teeth come out later in life you know they won’t grow back.

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Children shouldn’t be scared because it’s not too bad. It might hurt a bit but it’s not as painful as everyone thinks. Let’s discuss how you can turn your kids into brave little soldiers the next time their teeth hurt.

Dentist Role-Play Games

The Maple dental clinic recommends encouraging your children to pretend they’re a dentist when they’re role-playing at home. One of the reasons they don’t like dentists is because they’re not used to tools in their mouths.

If your child gets used to someone putting an upside-down toothbrush in their mouth it won’t feel as strange at the dental clinic. You can play with them if they don’t have any other kids to role-play with.

Feed Them Beforehand

A pediatric dentist will tell you to feed your child before bringing them to the clinic. I know you don’t want their teeth to be covered in food, but just make sure they brush them thoroughly before you leave home.

Sometimes a kid isn’t frustrated because they’re scared of the dentist. It’s because they hate sitting with an empty stomach. If your child has a full belly they’re more likely to be relaxed enough to sit still for a few minutes.

Don’t Make Them Dress Up

Some parents prefer their children to dress smartly when visiting the dentist, but in reality, it’s not a formal occasion. Dentists don’t care what children wear as long as they’re comfortable enough to sit still for a while.

You probably don’t like being forced to dress up in certain things either. Who would choose to wear heels when they can wear flats? So let your kids choose the clothes they want to wear because it will work out better.

Make Up A Safety Signal

There are certain times when your child will want a quick break, but they might be too afraid to ask the dentist to stop for a minute. If this keeps happening it’s obvious they’ll associate trips to the dentist with being uncomfortable.

Ask your child to make up a safety signal and you’ll be able to know when they want a quick break. You will then be able to ask the dentist to stop. Once your kids are old enough they’ll build up the confidence to speak up.

Stop Winding Them Up

Have you ever tried to scare your child up by pretending you’re going to take them to the dentist? Some parents say these kinds of things to scare children. It does work so it’s pretty funny at the time.

But when you finally take your kid to the dentist they automatically assume it’s going to be a negative experience. If you’re guilty of using the threat of a dentist’s visit to wind your kids up, stop doing it straight away.

Nobody Is Scared Of The Dentist Forever

A trip to the dentist isn’t as scary these days thanks to things like modern technology, so I’m sure your child will eventually feel okay going to get their teeth fixed.

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