Having trouble getting your child to go to the dentist?

The dentist is a scary place for most adults so persuading your child to go is literally like pulling teeth. However, childhood checkups create good oral hygiene habits that can reduce the cost of costly cavities or dental decay later.

Here are 3 ways to have your child leaping into the dental chair. leaping-frog-frog

1. Get them in there early
The earlier a child visits the dentist, the better. It’s best that the first visit starts at age 1 or when the first tooth is visible. Right before the first appointment allow your child to role play.

2. Give them a front row seat
Allow your child to observe your next checkup. Seeing you have your teeth examined and cleaned will give them comfort. At the visit, encourage them to ask the dentist questions so a positive relationshipis built. When leaving make sure you grab a few stickers, toothbrush and floss from the front desk.

3. The Tooth Fairy, her story must be told.
Kindly explain, teeth and their health are important; if your teeth are decayed the tooth fairy won’t pay. The tooth fairy knows which teeth have been seen by the dentist. Not going to see the dentist regularly may cause the tooth fairy to skip over that tooth.

When 30 million American Adults are afraid of seeing the dentist we really cannot be surprised that children are terrified. The tools, the noises, the smells, the dentist office sets off alarms to all of our senses. Parents, keep up with your dental appointments; showing your child how brave you are, is the best way to calm their fears.

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