Conquering Dental Fear at an Early Age
Encouraging a child to look forward to dental visits is no easy task. However, there are several approaches at your disposal which can produce positive results.
Let us take a look at three worthwhile tips.
– Take your child to the dentist at an early age in order to reduce anxiety (and to ensure healthy teeth) as they grow.
– Do not speak about any negative experiences that you may have had at the dentist.
– Provide the child with a reward (not sweets) after the dental session is over.
”Speak through with them exactly what will happen during their dental visit so they know what to expect.”
Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)
I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.
Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.
Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.
Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.
Special interest in Orthodontics.
Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.
I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.
Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).
I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.