It may be tough to explain the dentist to your child when you are afraid, but you need to be brave for them. You may want to share your fears with your child, but that may actually do more harm than good, and your child may become afraid as well. You also don't want to make promises like "everything is going to be ok." If you are at a loss for what to say, there are a few things you can do to help your child understand.
Read Dental Books
Children love stories. There are several excellent dental books available at your local bookstore in the children's section about going to the dentist. The books feature easy to follow stories that are presented in a format that children can understand. They are full of fun characters put in funny situations that answer their questions and show that the dentist is no big deal. Have a few on hand, and make sure you read them before you present them to your child, so you're ready when the questions about why they need to go to the dentist start rolling in.
Schedule a Meet and Greet
Before your child's actual appointment, talk to the office about coming in for a meet and greet. This way, you and your child can both meet the dentist, as well as the rest of the team. You both can learn about what to expect at the visit. The dentist can also answer any questions you or your child might have.
You know the importance of going to the dentist, and you even though you might be afraid, you don't want your child to have that same fear. With a little help from dental books and the dentist, you can help make going to the dentist no big deal. If you have any questions, or if you would like to learn more, please call us today at (530) 272-5522.