2018-01-11 / Guest Column


Establishing Dental Honesty

A child going to the dentist for the first time is often a handful of anxieties. Any dentist using the right techniques can transform the most terrified child into a cooperative patient who is no longer afraid—a child who will leave the office with a smile.

The first thing a dentist must do is convince the child of his honesty. Children are smart.

They are not easily fooled. If a youngster is promised that a particular thing will be done, the dentist had better be sure he does it.

Usually, the dentist begins with something easy, saying: “Today, I am going to count your teeth.” After that, come what may, he must count the teeth by whatever means necessary.

Remember: The child often cries before anything is done to him (even a first haircut). The dentist has to prove that he can be trusted to do exactly what he says he is going to do—no more, no less. The noise and hysterics generally disappear after the first visit.

From the office of Dr. Gary S. Rafal, 9915 Seaview Avenue. 718- 763-7799.

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