November 13, 2017
by Huffington Post Canada
Does your child fear the dentist? Many kids do—mine included. After a routine visit, my seven-year-old son swore off opening up and saying “ahh.”
The scrape of enamel. The taste of fluoride. Repeated attempts to take X-rays by thrusting a too-big implement into his mouth. It was all too much for my sensitive boy.
As his mom, the scene was painful to watch. Eventually I called the appointment quits and left the office, my son in floods of tears.
There has to be a better way, I thought, so I set out to find it. In my quest to help my son, I learned some interesting tidbits. Turns out, it’s not just that overbite that runs in the family. Studies have found that parents—particularly fathers—tend to pass their dental anxiety onto their children.
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Introduce your child to the sights and sounds of the dental practice at an early age to ally any dental phobia that might develop. Take them with you when you go for a check up
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