The trauma of going to the dentist could be linked to previous experiences, but not exactly experienced by the child.
Fear is often a reaction to the unknown … As for the dentist, the child is totally vulnerable with his mouth open, he cannot predict what will happen.
Be careful what they say ….
It is very appropriate that the parents enter the cabinet with the children, to talk with the doctor, clarify doubts and find out about the treatment plan. However, once the treatment is started, it is convenient for the parents to be in the waiting room, Positive reinforcement is very appropriate: we must praise him when he behaves well. It is essential to maintain oral hygiene habits at home.
It is very appropriate that the parents enter the cabinet with the children, to talk with the doctor, clarify doubts and find out about the treatment plan.
The idea imposed on the child that going to the dentist can be something frightening is sometimes so intense that in some cases the visit to the expert is unfeasible. There are two types of fear, the good and the bad, the good protects us and imposes limits, the bad one disables us from doing certain things and can hurt us. When the child’s fear reaches that level, it is time to worry, analyze the causes and try to solve it .
Toys, prevention and confidence
To try to put an end to this problem, dental offices use children’s stimuli such as painted walls, themed toys and gifts. The same applies to professionals. Stimulating the child’s curiosity could also be a good option; show him what is happening in the mouth, talk to the child and use toys and mirrors to investigate the mouth and feel part of the consultation.
Upon returning home, the child should be encouraged to highlight the positive points of the consultation with the dentist and the importance of prevention. Children with good oral hygiene will not go through stricter procedures, such as a restoration or root canal treatment, and will not have to live in painful situations. “Ideally, the child should see the dentist as a friend who helps take care of the teeth,” concludes the expert.