Visiting The Dentist
Some adults are nervous or dislike going to the dentist. Sometimes these worries affect how children feel about going, too. If this is you, try to avoid negative ideas about the dentist.
Instead, talk about how the dentist is going to look at your child’s mouth and count their teeth. They may even get a sticker!
Where possible, take your child along with you to your routine check-up where they can experience the different people, sounds and smells.
It is important that children are seen by a dentist and there are a few things you can do to prepare them for their visits:
- Let your dentist know – they will have techniques to help
- If your dental team are not sensitive about your child’s feelings - consider registering with a different practice
- Talk about what will happen at the dentist – talk about the people, noises and smells. There are a lot of children's books about visiting the dentist – ask at your local library
- Make believe going to the dentist – you or a favourite toy can be the patient!
- Make sure you talk positively about visiting the dentist
- If you have your own fears about the dentist try to hide them from your child. Now might be a good time to get some help with your own anxiety.
- Help your child use relaxation techniques, there are lots available on the internet – you can find one example here
- Plan a treat after the dentist – like a trip to the park or watching a favourite film
- There are lots of great books available for children about visiting the dentist. You can find your local library here
If you feel that your child’s worry about the dentist is really troubling them and makes attending dental appointments almost impossible call ‘JustOneNumber’ on the contact details below to discuss what you might do next
Who Can Help?
You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.
If you are 11-19 you can text ChatHealth on 07480 635060 for confidential advice from one of our team.
Alternatively you can go to see your GP to discuss concerns.
*Click Here* to speak to other Norfolk parents and carers, you can join our online community forum.