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“It’s also important to keep in mind that certain words like ‘hurt’ and ‘pain’ should be avoided in any conversation...” out the door. If the child should have one during their visit, they will feel tricked and the trust between child and parent will be compromised for future appointments. Should a child ask if they will be receiving a shot that day, the parent should respond honestly and reassure them that if they were to receive one that it would only feel like a pinch.

Step Five: Don’t bribe your children Another mistake parents make is they bribe their children with rewards in order to get them to go to the dentist. For example, if a parent tells their child that if they behave at the dentist’s office they’ll purchase them a toy. If the child has a moment caused by fear and anxiety at the office, it’s an unrealistic expectation of the parent. This causes much frustration between parent and child. It may be better for the parent to suggest that they do something fun after the appointment, not dependent on their child’s behavior. Another major mistake many parents make is they use the dentist to instill fear in their children. They may threaten to take them straight to the dentist’s office for a shot in order to frighten them into good behavior. This only associates dentist visits with negativity.

each time your child is due for a visit. It’s also important to show children that a dentist visit shouldn’t be missed or put off, so their teeth can remain healthy and their smiles can stay happy. The dentist’s office doesn’t have to be such a scary place, especially when all that is done there is for the benefit of one’s oral health, child or adult. The next time your child is up at night worrying about the “thing” under their bed, tell them it might be hiding under there because it probably missed a dentist appointment and it knows it shouldn’t have.

Step Six: Teach your children the importance of visiting a dentist Never put going to the dentist on the table as an option. A dentist visit is a non-negotiable, and a child can’t talk their way out of it. Should this happen once, it could be a recurring conversation

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Healthy Living: Top Dentists - Winter 2016  
Healthy Living: Top Dentists - Winter 2016  
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