At Larne Dental Centre we provide care for all the family, and children’s dentistry is something that we feel passionate about.
We love to see our youngest patients feeling relaxed about coming to the dentists, and developing a growing understanding of the importance of oral health and looking after their teeth. Education is crucial – and we know that children learn best in an environment where they feel comfortable and welcome.
With this in mind, it’s important that children become accustomed to visiting the dentist and understand issues such as the link between sweets or fizzy drinks and tooth decay. You’re sure to have heard about extreme cases where children have needed lots of fillings, or have even lost teeth, at a very early age. We know that only good team work between dental professionals and parents can overcome problems like this.
Did you know?
The most common reason for 5-9 year olds to be admitted to hospital is due to tooth decay.
How to help your children to feel relaxed about visiting the dentist:
- Get them used to visiting us from an early age.
- What happens at the dentist’s? ‘It’s where we have our smile looked after’.
- Don’t confuse them with too many details on their first visits – but do be very positive about the experience.
- Avoid words like ‘injection’, ‘hurt’ or ‘pain’ – your dentist certainly won’t use them!
- Introduce some role play before you come to see us – do a pretend visit.
- Don’t take them to your own check-up unless you have to, especially if you’re nervous – anxiety from a parent will pass to a child.
- Your dentist has seen upset children before – even if there’s a bit of a tantrum, trust them to handle it properly and follow their directions so you can help.
- Bribery may not be the best idea – especially if it’s something that gives the wrong message, such as sugary sweets after a visit!
- Explain that a visit to the dentist is something we all need to do, not a choice. Ultimately, ensuring children grow up with a good, confident smile is a parent’s responsibility – but your dentist will always be there to help.