Some children and adults have a fear of going to the dentist. On the surface, it is easy to see why. Drills can look terrifying in themselves. It’s even worse when you don’t take care of your teeth. But it doesn’t have to be like that. Part of good parenting is to make sure that your child’s body is in good health. Their teeth are part of that health. You would be surprised at the number of people who have never gotten good dental care in their lives. There are many reasons why this happens. One of them should never be out of fear. Going to the dentist might not be fun, but it has to be done. You can make going to the dentist more enjoyable for your little angels.
Inspire Good Dental Habits
Part of good parenting is leading by example. You do this with everything else in life. You teach them to eat healthily. You teach them to look both ways before they cross the street. You teach them not to talk to strangers. You teach your children that handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Why not teach them some good dental habits? What does this have to do with making dental care fun? There are little tricks that you can try. First, get toothbrushes in cute or cool colors. This might get the child to grow attached to their toothbrush. Try going for toothpaste that actually tastes good. You can try a reward system with stickers on a board. More importantly, practice good dental habits yourself. It might be a pain, but you both will benefit from this strategy. After all, you are the biggest influence on your children’s lives.
Show Them You Aren’t Afraid
Speaking of being an influence on your children’s lives, you have to show that you are not afraid of going to the dentist. Children live by example in the first few years of their lives. If you want your children to grow up well, you are going to have to do better for yourself. You have to be a positive influence. Aside from taking care of your teeth, you have to show your children that there is nothing to be afraid of with the dentist. If allowed, you can ask if your children can sit in and watch your appointment. If not, you are going to want to explain the process as simple as possible. If you have a fear of the dentist, you can take this as a chance to try and get over your own fears as well.
Give Them the Facts Without Fear-Mongering
One way to get rid of a fear is to learn more about it. Sit down with your children and look up information about dental care. Encourage them to ask questions. You might learn something yourself. According to the National Library of Medicine, besides aesthetics, the second most common reason for braces is an overbite. If you do embark on your quest for knowledge, do not scare them into taking care of their teeth. Fear-mongering tactics don’t always work. Nagging doesn’t work either. You have to be straightforward with your children about why they have to take care of their teeth. It also helps to break things down in the most simple terms you can.
Dental care doesn’t have to be scary. Taking care of your teeth is more important than you will ever know. Good parenting is having your children learn how to take care of themselves. Part of that is taking good care of their teeth. After all, 50% to 70% of people could benefit from orthodontic treatment. Sometimes, they can’t get that for different reasons. So when you do get the chance, don’t scare your children into good dental care.