It is very important to conceptualize the essence of our responsibility as parents and care givers towards our children.
As a child one might have not had “good genes” when it comes to teeth. This is a very painful physical, mental, emotional and psychosocial experience. Most people remember their first experience of losing their first teeth and how they hide their mouth with their hands as to avoid the absence of what socially is considered acceptable, fully pearled mouth smile.
So, in case of a child in distress, it's incumbent on the parents to bring containment to the child’s needs.
When a child needs to go to the dentist, parents should:
- Start introducing the minimal and simplified image of a tooth birth, tooth decay, tooth extraction through play roles between you and the child.
- Introduce them to the importance of keeping them clean by brushing them with toothpaste.
- Assure them that, with or without teeth, their smile is priceless. And the world becomes a better place from smiles and good laughter.
- Take them with you when you have an upcoming dental visit. That way they see your words follow up with action.
- Maybe, schedule a non-treatment appointment with the dentist for the child to acclimate to the dental experience. Your child can be introduced and familiarized with the dentist and staff. Have them experience a preview of what’s coming.
- Remember it is crucial for children to experience that you will always be there for them, in fun as well as distress & discomfort.
In every step of our children, we must make sure to reinforce the belief in them that even when we are at work or otherwise, we are with them at all times through our love, care, advise and our thoughts and presence. This will help with a smooth progression and successful transition of the child into a healthy teenager and then adult.
For more info and advice, please contact
Mrs. JULIA KOKOSHARI PAWELKO
Intuitive & Clinical Adviser