Oh yes. I do remember those times when I would cry my heart out, scream and close my lips so tight in fear that the dentist might do something that could hurt me big time or even kill me. Growing up, I thought that those scenarios happened because of my wrong perception of dentists and anything related to them. My mom used to scare me that the dentist would pull out all my teeth if I don't brush my teeth!
I don't want the same thing happening to my sons for I know now how difficult it is to have dental problems as an adult. So, I consulted my dentist about this. According to him, bringing a child for dental check up as early as one year old can arrest this dental fear that paralyzes kids and adults alike and hindering them from seeing a dentist. By seeing a dentist as someone who would care for their teeth, kids can trust them sooner than expected. Also, when kids get used to seeing tools in the dental clinic, they would barely think negatively about them. Needless to say, it is important to choose a dentist who can relate positively to kids as the dentist's character can easily turn a kid away from coming back for a check up.