Dentistry has long been villainised by popular culture, despite significant leaps and bounds over the past couple of decades meaning even the more notorious treatments are now relatively comfortable.
More often than not, the irrational fears of dentistry in children begin at home. Parents and caregivers often forget that their formative experiences of dentistry were from a different generation. Indeed, their own childhood fears were most likely informed by their parents in turn, whose trips to the dentist as youngsters may have been from a radically different era of dentistry.
This often causes adult’s fears and negative memories to inform the way they speak to their children about going to the dentist. Coupled with best-selling children’s books like Demon Dentist, Halloween costumes of maniacal dentistry practitioners and the ever-present villainous dentist in movies and cartoons, it isn’t difficult to see why even the bravest of little ones might feel apprehensive before a simple check-up.
At Bupa Dental Care, we understand that going to the dentist isn’t always top of kids’ wish lists for a fun day out… but not only is it an essential part of maintaining excellent oral health, it shouldn’t be an unpleasant, stressful or anxiety-causing experience.