How do I cure my 6 year old’s dental phobia?
2nd August 2011
A. I think that you need to take a step back here . I dont know your child so any tips I give are general . Sounds as if teeth cleaning time has become a battle which you are losing ! By 6 years old he should be cleaning his teeth himself. Could you devise some way of making it fun rather than a battle , with a reward for even a small step . Have you considered buying an inexpensive childs electric toothbrush ? is teeth cleaning associated with anything else ? Take him along to the dentist when you or another family member goes for a check , with no pressure on him to have his own teeth looked at. Of course if he has known dental problems thats a different matter , and you may need to find out where the local Community Dental Service is , they often have more time and patience with a child who doesnt like it . Often these things do sort themselves out as a child matures .