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When a Parent Shouldn't Talk to Their Child About the Dentist

Posted on 6/20/2017 by Cynthia Pelley
A young boy afraid of the dentist.
Most of the time, talking to your child about going to the dentist is a very good thing. After all, your child learns a lot from talking with you. However, there are times where that conversation could end up hurting your child more than helping.

This is because you may inadvertently pass along bad information, causing your child to struggle with seeing the dentist regularly.

Passing Along a Fear of the Dentist

If you, as an adult, fear going to the dentist, you need to be very careful about speaking to your child about the dentist. More often than not, this conversation should be avoided if you are unable to speak about the dentist in positive, or at least neutral terms.

Some people are just so fearful about the dentist, they cannot help but mention things about the dentist in a negative light. This is when you need to refrain from talking about going to the dentist with your child.

When that is the case, the best thing that you can do is have someone else do the talking. Either you can have another family member talk to your child about the dentist in a positive light, or you can do one better. You can bring your child to the dentist and let the dentist do the talking that you struggle to do.

Your child's oral health depends on them going to the dentist regularly, so you want the relationship between your child and their dentist to be as positive as possible.

By allowing the dentist to introduce themselves to your child and explain the benefits of regular visits, your child can surpass your fear of the dentist and get their oral health managed properly.

For more information, contact our office today, and see what suggestions they have to offer!

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