I’ve never once seen a child excited to go to the dentist. The dentist is the big, scary baddie in their stark white coats, there giant porcelain teeth, staring down with eye brimming with evil and a drill in their hands! But really they’re professional who want to make sure that you child stays healthy, they’re the good guys, but how do we get our kids to see this?
First and foremost, you child will watch your behavior, so if you seem happy about the dentist, it will rub off on them. Saying negative things or dreading it will only cause them to pick up on your anxiety. You can also talk up your dentist. Saying their nice or happy people will put the dentists into a positive frame for the child. Compliment you child on how brave they’re being. If they’re scared make sure you hit that point- they’re so brave aren’t they? Such a trooper.
Keeping your expectations of their behavior clear also helps, as well as a reward. Not everyone agrees with the reward system, but a getting a little toy after the dentist will make them associate the dentist with a positive outcome.
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