The Public Health England states that every child in the UK must get his or her first dental check-up as the first tooth erupts – which is around 6 months. But the statistics tell a different tale; above 80% of children aged between one and two are yet to go for their first dental visit!
The most common reason behind this delay is dental anxiety or fear from the dentist. Although Dr Mori Shahid, a renowned paediatric dentist in South Croydon says, the fear factor is on behalf of the parents and not the children. As far as children are concerned, they’re just scared of the unknown awaiting them at the dentist’s office. “This proves how the perception of pain is still there in our mind when it comes to dentists and dentistry as a whole,” adds Dr Shahid.
As a responsible parent, you should not neglect early visit of your child to the dentist’s office. These early visits ensure that your child develops a healthy and beautiful smile from a young age. Moreover, these visits get your child used to and comfortable with the dental practice.
Here’re some tried and tested tips to resolve the fear of the unknown in your child for his/her first dental check-up.