Forming good habits for life – helping children love their visits the dentist
Every day we treat adults who have a fear of the dentist, usually as a result of a past negative experience in the dentist’s chair, often in childhood. Even from a very young age, our early experiences shape our views as adults, which is why it’s so important that children see dental practices as relaxed, friendly and (dare we say) fun environments as early as possible.
At Woodborough House we love seeing our youngest patients and go to great lengths to make sure they enjoy their visit. Our surgeries are packed with funny glasses, smiley face stress balls and ever-changing goodie bags for children to take home at the end of their appointment. There are also, of course, the obligatory stickers to be worn with pride when walking out of the Practice doors!
Our fabulous team of general dentists are experts at making children feel relaxed and comfortable, with Sarah in particular being able to strike up an instant rapport with even her littlest patients. There’s nothing more rewarding than hearing cries of “That was so much fun” echoing throughout the practice!
When should children start visiting the dentist?
Your child should visit the dentist when their first milk teeth appear so they become familiar with the environment and get to know the dentist. The dentist can advise you on how to prevent decay and identify any oral health problems at an early stage. Just opening up the child’s mouth for the dentist to take a look at is useful practise for the future.