How to prepare your child for a dentist
The child’s first visit to the dentist is a very responsible event and causes a lot of anxiety among parents. The quality of treatment decreases during the restless behavior of the baby.
Refusal of timely treatment leads to complication of caries with the development of foci of purulent infection (phlegmon, abscesses) that pose a danger to the child’s life. Early removal of milk and especially permanent teeth leads to displacement, crowding of the remaining teeth, malocclusion, which may in the future cause emotional distress and limit the choice of profession, therefore, the problem of a negative attitude to dental treatment in children is of great importance.
It is better to begin acquaintance of a child with a dentist before problems with teeth arise (acute pain). Then it will be for him a new exciting adventure. A child is born without fear of a dentist and, if you do not want him to develop in the future, you need to start raising as early as possible, preferably between the first and second birthday. It will also help prevent many dental diseases.
Do not let the child feel that you are feeling anxious at the dentist. The manifestation of aloud anxiety, a look full of sympathy, causes the baby to panic and, as a result, uncontrollable behavior. When the best, authoritative people for a child, parents say: “Go, do not be afraid!”, He thinks: “Aha! So there is something to be afraid of. »The best helpers here are your endurance, parental warmth and calm confidence in him.
Cheer up the child, tell us in high tones that adult family members also go to regularly clean their teeth, show their cured teeth. If you are afraid too, let someone else go with the child.
Have a conversation, look at the mouth in the mirror together, “speak his teeth” with stories that an evil worm has settled in the tooth, which eats it like an apple, it must be lured from there, the doctor will anoint it with jam, the cheek will fall asleep, and the worm will fall asleep and the doctor will pull out his sleepy one with a tiny spatula. Good luck in the fantasy world!
Making an appointment is better at a time of day when the child is in a good mood. It is advisable after eating, as less saliva is produced, which improves the quality of work.
It is necessary to tell the doctor in advance about previous negative experience of treatment.
The visit session should be short, better – a few tricks. Children have their own sense of time, and they are bored to sit still for a long time.
Encourage your child to behave well with a doctor. This brings up composure, endurance, which will undoubtedly be useful to him in the future.
In our clinic, we show cartoons to the little patient during the reception and give gifts. And seals can be colored!
To treat teeth is a necessity, but the doctor and parents should do everything to soften her perception of the child.