I work as a clerical assistant in a pediatric dental office, and I am commonly surprised by the number of children who are scared of the dentist. Many kids think that cleanings will be painful, and they believe they will be scolded for eating sugary foods. Children are also extremely frightful of the noises made by the water spraying tools and the suction devices. As adults, we know that dental cleanings are easy and free of pain. We need to impart this knowledge to our children so they know not to fear the dentist. I have provided blogs that will help you speak with your child about dental care. Good communication, trips to your own dentist, and online videos can assist you. So will good brushing techniques that will make your child proud to see the dentist. Enjoy my articles so you can help your child build oral care confidence.
If your spouse is reluctant to go to the dentist, there might be a few tricks you can pull to get them to their appointment. Dental health is important, and if your spouse won't look out for themselves, anything that you can do to encourage this the better. Here are four things that you can do to finally get your spouse to the dentist.
1. Pave the Way
If your spouse is primarily putting off the dentist because they don't want to deal with the hassle, you can help by doing the legwork for them. Make an appointment that works with their schedule. There are dentists with after work hours and weekend times that might be more convenient. Offer to take care of other priorities the day of your spouse's dental appointment such as childcare or errands. Offer to drive them to and from the appointment so they can relax.
2. Get Them to Talk With the Dentist
Dentists are willing to have initial consultations to get to know their patients. If you have changed dentists or have moved to a new town, your spouse just might be worried about a new dentist. Remind them that they can go and meet the dentist first, and work out any fears or limitations that they might have. Your spouse can work with the dentist to go over a game plan for their visit.
3. New Procedures and Pain Management Techniques
If you are concerned that your spouse had a bad experience at the dentist or is worried that procedures will lead to discomfort, you can educate them on new techniques. There is a chance they haven't been to the dentist in so long that new ultrasonic cleaners and less invasive procedures will be a welcome surprise. If all else fails, dentists may be able to prescribe an anti-anxiety medication before their visit.
4. Meet Them Halfway
Promise your spouse something they've wanted or offer up anything that you can do for them. If they will go to the dentist, maybe you'll agree to the trip your spouse has been wanting to go on. If you have been putting off something contributing to your health such as joining the gym, you can make a pact you'll both do something healthy.
Whether your spouse is fearful of the family dentist or is just a procrastinator, making the process easier will help. Try to be sensitive to your spouse's objections but stay firm that you want to make sure that their oral care is a priority. If you can help them make it to an initial appointment, they might not be so reluctant in the future.