Many kids are scared at the thought of the dentist office and there are a few things that parents can do in order to help ease their children into it.
First, parents are encouraged to bring their children along on a visit in order for them to watch what happens before it is their turn. Also, talk about the benefits of a dentist and how great their smile will look as a result. It is also important to choose what you say to your child carefully and avoid words such as “drilling” and “scraping.”
Another thing that can be done is reading books about the dentist to your child. For example, a book about a favorite cartoon character’s trip to the dentist may ease a child’s mind. The last tip is to be patient with your child because some children will be scared no matter what and it may take a few visits for them to feel more comfortable.