When a child shows anxiety at the prospect of a visit to the dentist, it is advisable to act quickly to allay those fears. The problem will only worsen if not tackled.
There are a number of steps that can be taken. These include:
- Visiting the dentist in his office to allow the child to become familiar with the surroundings
- Avoiding negative terms like “hurt”, “painful” and “shots”
- Considering a paediatric dentist who specialises in treating children
Dental anxieties “prevent people from getting the dental care they need” and lead to problems with teeth and gums that could have been avoided. More tips on overcoming children’s fear of the dentist can be found at https://www.workingmother.com/afraid-of-the-dentist