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To have a child patient is already exhausting, to have a child patient who is scared of you is so much frustrating. I have to face that everyday. And everyday I see parent's anxiety build up when 15 minutes is up and the child still won't open her/his mouth for examination. And then there goes the bribing.... candies, icecream, toys to take me here take me there...
So why are your kids scared of dentist? Because maybe you parents are too.
Maybe it's time to overcome those fear and face it so you won't be able to pass that same fear to your children. Parents should be their children's role Model. They must be able to look up to you as good example. So, you should brush regularly, visit the dentist at least twice a year, control your dental anxiety and sport a healthy set of teeth too.
Never ever try to use dentists, and our works as threats for punishments to naughty or misbehaving children. Pls thats a No. No. Children fear the unknown and if you associate dentist as somebody to be feared then most likely, your kids are going to.
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Prevention is always better than cure. Don't take your children to the dentist only with an aching tooth. For sure their first dental visit will be unpleasant and future dental visit will be non existent.
Teach your children to brush their teeth every after meal. So they will get used to the feeling of a clean mouth. We teach our children to wash their hands/wash their face until it becomes a habit. Same thing should happen with tooth brushing.
Your child's first dental visit should be around his/her first birthday. More than examining the child's mouth, this visit is more on preventive measures, the visit will provide the dentist opportunity to educate the parents and caregivers about dental habits to avoid potential dental problems and focus on a preventive approach.
If you want to raise a child with a bright and healthy smile for the rest of his/her life then make them visit their dentist regularly.