Planning and Preparing for Dental Procedures: Your Questions Answered

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Planning and Preparing for Dental Procedures: Your Questions Answered

Making decisions about your smile can be confusing. Should you have a tooth pulled or get a root canal? Should you get adult braces or stick with a retainer? Should you use at-home whitening remedies or have your teeth professionally whitened? If questions like these are keeping you up at night, you've come to the right place. I used to stress out over routine dental procedures, and as a result, I did loads of research on everything dental-related. To help others, I'm using this blog as a place to collect, review and share what I've learned through the years. I hope you can use the information here to help you plan and prepare for your next dental appointment.

How To Make Your Child's Dentist Appointment A Success

All parents want their child's dental appointments to be a success, as this will set them up for positive dental experiences in later life and help them avoid dental fear. Luckily, there are a few things you can do as a parent to help your child have a good experience, as explained below.

Choose The Right Dental Clinic

If you want a child's dentist visit to be a success, choosing the right dental clinic is an essential step. Firstly, you should choose a clinic that has a dedicated paediatric dentist — as the Dental Board of Australia explains, there are specific qualifications in paediatric dentistry that dentists can hold. You should also choose a dental clinic that feels bright and reassuring for children — think colourful posters and decorations, toys in the waiting room and friendly receptionists. See if you can speak to the dentists, and choose one who knows how to interact with children and who can explain things to them at their own level.

Pick The Right Appointment Time

Choosing an effective appointment time is a simple way to make your child's dentist appointment a success. This is especially true if they fear dentist appointments, as an early appointment will stop them from spending all day worrying. Generally, try to book an early morning appointment — before school, if possible, to get it out of the way and give your kids a distraction afterwards. A weekend appointment might be a good idea if you're planning a fun treat for after. After your appointment, speak to the receptionist to make your next appointment. WebMD suggests that children should see a dentist every six months, and booking early will help you get your first choice of appointment time.

Work On Your Own Attitude

Your own attitude to dentist appointments will have a big impact on your child's own experiences of dentistry, so try to stay positive, model good oral hygiene and act as if appointments are simply a natural, essential part of healthcare. Let your children see the dentist examine you while you remain calm and positive, as this will show them how to behave in this situation. If you have problems with dental fear, try a couple of appointments on your own first to ease your fears, and try some of the dental fear strategies set out by the NHS, such as listening to music, talking to your dentist or taking a friend.

If you spend some time choosing a dental clinic, booking an appointment at a sensible time and modelling great behaviour at the dentist, you can help your child to have a successful dentist appointment.