How to Help Your Child Overcome Fear of Dentists

Help your child overcome fear of dentists

Whether your child has fully developed teeth or only have a few prodding through, then it’s definitely time to help them maintain their beautiful smile. It’s important to keep those tiny teeth in a healthy state so that they can have good grown-up teeth as well.

How to make your child’s smile even brighter? We all know that it’s important to teach our children to brush teeth and other good oral habits, which includes booking a dentist appointment.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD, it’s best to have your child see a pediatric dentist as early as when he starts to grow a tooth or if he turns 1 year old, whichever will occur first.  

However, it is no surprise that most kids have this undeniable fear of dentists. It is understandable why; sitting in an unfamiliar place with the intimidating tools wouldn’t help at all.

The first thing that you must know is that you should try to be patient with your child and let him know you understand how he feels. To help your child overcome his fear, here are a few things you can try before and during his appointment in a dental office in Dubai or Abu Dhabi:

  • Create a good image for dentists.

Children have a big imagination, so it’s easy for them to picture something out especially if it’s their parents describing things with them. It’s good to create a good image for dentists in your child’s mind— have them familiarised about who a dentist is. You can do this by telling them fun stories about visiting a dentist or read them a story about one. At the same time, you can also let your child imagine himself being a “dentist” with his toy as his patient— where your child can give his ‘patient’ polished teeth and a beautiful smile.

  • Incorporate positive language.

When creating a good image for dentists, always make sure to only use positive descriptions. Tell your child about how a dentist can help them build healthy and strong teeth.

  • Come prepared.

During your child’s appointment, the sight of the tools may bring them fear and anxiety. When children have their favorite toys, it can give them comfort and distraction while sitting in the dentist’s chair.

  • Stay calm.

It’s important that as a parent, you are relaxed too. If you stress about it, your sensitive child might perceive it and feel stressed and anxious as well. If you’re calm, you can have your child calm down, too.

  • Be the best cheerleader you can be.  

Be supportive and appreciate your child if he’s able to do a job well done. However, if your child is having a hard time cooperating, avoid being critical and still support him instead. A pediatric dentist is also an expert on dealing with kids, so there’s nothing to worry about.

How often should your child visit a dentist?

Depending on how developed your child’s teeth are, your dentist will inform you when to visit again in their dental office in Dubai or Abu Dhabi. Usually, dentists recommend that children should visit every six months — but if there are issues, it’s best to see a dentist right away.