How To Help Your Child Overcome A Fear Of The Dentist

It’s not uncommon for children to feel nervous or scared when visiting the dentist, especially if it’s their first time going to a dental practice.

However, there are a number of things parents can do to help the experience go smoothly. Writing for the Lancashire Telegraph recently, Dr Karim Rachidi, a dentist at Synergy Dental Clinics, explained that it’s quite normal for children to be nervous about going to the dentist.

He explained that this can stem from a number of factors, including a fear of the unknown and stories or myths they may have heard about the dentist from other children. His top tip is to take your children to the dentist as early as you can.

Regularly visiting the dentist when they’re young can help them become accustomed to the routine of seeing the dentist without any need for treatment. Dr Rachidi suggests taking them for the first time once they’re one, or after their first few teeth have come through.

He also cautioned parents on what they say to their children before they go to the dentist. “Try not to be too vivid when describing what going to the dentist may entail,” he advised.

Dr Rachidi said that many dentists will have their own way of explaining things to children, and that it’s best to let them go through the details of any treatment. So, when you take your children to the dentist in Guildford, try not to worry about explaining every little detail to them.

Last month, Dentistry published NHS data, which showed that just 58.7 per cent of children under the age of 17 in the UK had visited the dentist in the past 12 months.