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As a child, we were pretty lapse about going to the dentist. My parents weren’t keen, and that fear was extended onto us – there were certainly vast spaces of time I don’t remember seeing a dentist at all. In hindsight we were pretty lucky to have gotten away lightly (especially given our 1980’s chewits consumption), but good dental care is one thing I am committed to instilling in my kids, and for myself these days too.
Of course all medical appointments are important for everyone in the household, and encouraging your family to make and keeping to dental appointments is necessary if you want to avoid any problems further down the line. Having good hygiene when it comes to dental care is essential, and that’s why you should be making the most of every dental appointment and taking the advice that is offered.
Choose The Right Dentist
Even though all the dentists out there that exist have the qualifications and skills necessary to perform the duty of a dentist, you’re not going to like all of them. There’s going to be some that might be appreciative of those who don’t like the dentist and some that won’t care. It takes a people person to be a good dentist, not just the skills to actually perform the work. That’s why it’s a good idea to look around for dentists and to pick the ones that have a good reputation for being comforting and professional at the same time.
It’s the same as your doctor or if you’re learning to drive and need to pick out a driving instructor. You’re not going to get along with everyone, nor will you have the same feelings towards each dentist. So look at your options and make sure all your family members are happy with who you pick, not just yourself.
Be A Good Role Model
You can only encourage others to go to the dentist if you’re doing the same. Being a good role model is important to your family, friends, and your little ones if you have them. They learn most of what they know from you as a parent. They look up to you and absorb any information or behaviour like a sponge. So that’s why it’s good to be brave and to show your children that the dentist is nothing to be feared over and that you yourself go first in order to show them that if you can do it, then so can they. It’s going to help them to have a better attitude towards going to the dentist and to feel more comfortable about going when they’re old enough to go alone.
Have An Awareness For Fear
The idea of removing your old dental fillings might not bother you, but for some, going to the dentist can be terrifying. Whether it’s the smell or the fear that comes from the tools they use in order to do the dental work, you need to have awareness of the fear that some people have towards it. It’s good to sit down with family members and see if anyone has that fear so that you can approach it with lots of consideration when it comes to the dentist. A lot of dental care professions will have things in place to help relax a patient more so that they can have an experience at the dentist that isn’t traumatic. This is usually in the form of medicine or an anesthetic that will help with keeping them calm.
Do It Together
As a household, it’s important to do things together, and one of those is making sure you visit the dentist. If you’re going as a household, there’s going to be more responsibility to go because if you don’t or if someone tries to get out of it, then it’s letting everyone down and not just themselves. Not only that, but it’s good to have moral support at these appointments, especially when you might be nervous or need someone in the room with you. It’s ok to not enjoy the experience of the dentist and so attending an appointment where you all go together can help give a little confidence boost to the whole group.
Practice Good Dental Hygiene At Home
Dental hygiene is really important, and if you’re not doing it at home, then you’re going to find yourself going to the dentist more often. Try to encourage personal dental hygiene with everyone by checking toothbrush bristles remain intact and to replace them every so often. Consider the right toothpaste and other oral care products like mouthwash and floss. You can also be cautious about what food and drink you are eating that is likely to stain your teeth. Coffee is one of these things, and fizzy drinks can destroy the enamel on your teeth.
Getting the household to regular dental appointments is essential, so make sure to make them happen, regardless of your own personal hang ups.