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What To Do If Your Child is Scared of the Dentist

Many adults have dental anxiety and avoid treatment, so it’s important that children overcome their fears when they are young.

Top tips:

– Some dentists specialise in treating children and encourage pre-visits.

– Play “pretend dentist” at home using simple, positive words like “healthy teeth”.

– Use positive reinforcement like a special trip after visiting the dentist.

Children can have their first dental appointment when their teeth come through or when they reach one year old.

“A quick meet-and-greet with your child’s dentist can go a long way toward easing his or her fear or anxiety.”

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