Our friendly Surbiton dentists offer some useful advice.
Do you have to placate your child, or even offer them a ‘bribe’ when it is time for their dental visit? If so, now is probably a good time to try to address this issue.
If they are afraid now, there is every chance that as soon as you no longer have full control over them, they will simply stop going, except for when they have a severe toothache perhaps.
There are a number of reasons why children don’t like going to the dentist and a very common one is when the parent themselves is afraid.
If you are afraid of seeing the dentist, there is every likelihood that your child will pick up on this. Children look to us to see what is safe and what is not. If they see you in a bit of a panic when your appointment is due, it makes sense that they will see this as something to be afraid of and avoided if at all possible.
Overcoming dental anxiety is not always easy, but with the help of our patient friendly dentists at the Confidental Clinic, we can help you to challenge this. In the case of extremely nervous patients we are also able to offer sedation to help you undergo your procedure. Knowing that this is available can help patients relax more about their appointment, and help their children to avoid the related anxiety they may feel about theirs.
If you have a very young child who has not yet seen the dentist, now is a good time to take them. Early exposure to the surroundings of a dental practice will help to familiarise them and help them to become accustomed to some of the unusual sounds and smells associated with the dentist. This should help them to feel comfortable during any future visits.
Encouraging your child to see the hygienist is also a very helpful thing to do. With the hygienist, there is no ‘risk’ of them needing to perform any procedures, other than perhaps a gentle scale and polish. Because of this, young children can feel relaxed and simply have a discussion with the hygienist, in child friendly terms, about how they can look after their teeth, helping them to avoid the need for invasive procedures.
If you can help your children to avoid becoming anxious about their dental visits and also encourage them to follow a sensible diet and clean their teeth correctly, you will have done them a great service as they enter their adult years. There is every chance that their early dental care will carry on well into their adult life, leaving them with strong and healthy teeth and gums that they can be proud of.
If you are a nervous patient, simply let us know when you arrange your appointment so that we can help you. If you need to make an appointment to see one of our Surbiton dentists for yourself, or your child, please call the Confidental Clinic today on 020 8399 1291.