How to Make a Child Like the Dentist?

A child’s first dental visit is very important. He or she builds up a rapport with the dentist. A general checkup is given and the dentist approaches the child in a friendly manner so that the child likes the dentist. Most children hesitate about going to the dentist. It is a painful experience for them. If they manage to establish a good rapport with the dentist from the beginning, then they will be comfortable when it comes to subsequent visits.

Parents should not make their children afraid of going to the dentist. They should not give any indication that it may turn out to be a painful experience. They should help their children to like the dentist and to look forward to the visit. Children should not be frightened of the dentist. Other family members should talk encouragingly about visiting the dentist. Overall, children should feel excited about going to the dentist.

How Can a Parent Make a Child Like the Dentist?

  • A visit to the dentist should be fun . A child should not be afraid of the dentist.
  • Explain in a positive manner the advantages of visiting the dentist. Do not feel nervous yourself. Any anxiety on your part may put your child off.
  • You can explain that visiting the dentist is part of growing up.
  • Inform your child that the dentist will be friendly and gentle.
  • Do not use words like needle, pull, pain etc. as these words will frighten a child.
  • As a parent you can stay with the child in the dentist’s room on the first visit.
  • Do not get upset if your child cries. It is quite normal to do so.
  • If you are asked to stay in the waiting room, do so. The dentist may like to be alone with the child. This helps him or her to build up a rapport.
  • Be reassuring. Help your child to not be afraid of the dentist. The visit should be an exciting event.
  • Let your child know that the dentist will not hurt him or her.
  • Choose a dentist who makes  children feel very comfortable on their first visit. The dentist should be child-friendly.
  • Feel free to ask the dentist questions about the observations and follow-up.
  • Take your child out for a treat after the visit as some sort of reward.

A child should enjoy his or her first visit to the dentist. The visit should be as comfortable as possible. The child should be encouraged to build up a friendly rapport with the dentist. As a parent, you should ensure that your child is not afraid of the dentist.

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