If your child had a bad first experience at the dentist’s, these tips should help ease your child’s subsequent visits. “I can assure parents that all dentists mean well when they attend to your child,” says Dr Rashid Tahir, a paediatric dentist at The Kids Dentist.
1 / 6 Dentists mean wellLoad more
2 / 6 If first you don't succeed...Load more
The first dental visit and its accompanying procedures may be difficult for young minds to understand and accept. Because your kid is traumatised from the experience, don’t attempt another visit immediately after.
3 / 6 ... wait a weekLoad more
Even if she is in need of treatment, wait about a week or so. Give her time to recover emotionally.
4 / 6 Make dental visits excitingLoad more
Read books about a visit to the dentist and create excitement about the next appointment, not anxiety.
5 / 6 Support your dentist's effortsLoad more
Inform the dentist of your child’s previous experience and be supportive of his efforts to help him.
6 / 6 Get familiar with dental settingLoad more
Very often, the dentist will want to make that visit easy and familiarise her with the dental setting before planning the next stage of treatment.