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