Parents can help children overcome fear of dentist

01/30/2013 | amNewYork

Parents who have had unpleasant experiences with dental care may convey a negative impression to their children, reinforcing fear, dentists say. Parents should not tell children about bad dental experiences. Instead, parents can calm children's fears using a variety of techniques, including bringing them to the dentist when a tooth first appears, brushing their teeth, reading a book to them before a dental visit and explaining what to expect.

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