|Photo Source: clker.com/clipart|
We also made sure that the kids are always seen by 1 particular hygienist, and will re-book the appointment if she is sick. Here are some tips to help alleviate the fear your kids might have:
- Tell them what to expect - but don't scare them (leave out drills and needles etc)
- Bring them with you to a cleaning if it is possible
- Make sure the dentist is good with kids, and comfortable working with them. You don't NEED a pediatric dentist, but not all dentists are comfortable with kids in their chair
- For their first visit, it should be a quick trip. The dentist will count their teeth and check to see how things are progressing. Doing this around 1 year old is a great time. My kids lay backwards on my lap while the dentist looked in their mouths - and yes, they screamed through it!
- Don't use the dentist as a scare tactic for getting kids to brush/floss their teeth.
- If they are super anxious, talk to the dentist about using gravol or benadryl to calm/relax them prior to the visit.
- My kids are much better without me in the room. Honestly, if I am sitting beside them they cling to me and don't want to open their mouths. If I am not there, they are quite happy to watch the video playing above them and open to have their cleaning done. This might be something to try. For Mr. K, I need to walk him in, and then when he is settled in the chair I tell him I am going to the washroom, and that the hygienist knows where to find me when he is finished - he has always been fine with this.
- It's ok if a cleaning doesn't happen. You can try again another time. If it is an appointment for dental work, they may need to give your child a sedative so that they can get the work done.