Bolton dentist shares tips to help parents tackle dental anxiety in children

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A dentist from Bolton has shared tips to help parents tackle dental anxiety in young children.

Dr Richard Ho, from Synergy Dental Clinics, is urging parents who have nervous children to try and get them used to going to the dentist from an early age and to try and create positive associations with having a dental check-up.

Children learn from their parents, their friends and siblings, and things they see on TV, read or pick up from others, and often, a fear of going to the dentist perpetuates through myths or tales that create negative perceptions. Adults are often fearful of going to a dental practice and children sense this. As a parent, you can help to prevent anxiety by keeping your own fears to yourself and making a trip to the dentist a fun, relaxing, and enjoyable experience.

It’s also a good idea to try and prepare your child in advance, especially if it is their first time in the dental chair. Give them an idea of what they can expect, and talk to them about what is going to happen in very plain, basic language, which makes the appointment seem like something very ordinary and run of the mill, rather than anything that should be feared. Reading books about other children going to the dentist and looking at pictures of dental surgeries can also help.


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