Let me tell you a story about how I introduced the dentist to my kids. I know that parents are having such a hard time with it and this story could enlighten you. Hopefully you can tell this to your kids and they will make the right decision to go and have a regular checkup.
I hated going to the dentist. I find the trip to be heart-racing. My palms were sweaty and my head pulled tricks on me. I picture the dentist to be the ugly witch, wrinkled nose with warts all over wearing a big, black and pointy hat. She is holding a syringe on one hand and a tooth extractor on the other. That thought frightens me a lot.
With that being said, I grew up to have tooth decay and cavities. At 20, all I had left of my "real" teeth were the upper and lower incisors plus some molars. I had no choice but to go back to the "witch" and have her make me a new set of teeth. Oh well, I needed dentures.
The dentist was really nice to me and after all the trauma I caused her (crying and whimpering), she gave me the best teeth in the whole wide world. For the first time in my life, I saw the dentist as a fairy godmother. She is not anymore the witch I have always envisioned her to be. With a smiling face, the best family dentist in the whole wide world gave me instructions on how the maintain my dentures. She said – with nice teeth comes nice opportunities! And she was right.
I met my wife at the pharmacy where I bought my denture solution. We have 2 kids and my boy is now at the age where the "fairy godmother" is a "witch". I knew he will lose all his teeth at 20, just like me and you know, it is not for everyone. It can be embarrassing at times even. I knew I had to do something.
I took my dentures off and showed what is left of my real teeth to my son. He gasped at the sight and I told him, if you do not go to the dentist, you will end up like me. Oh boy, did he wake up early the next day and brushed his own teeth. So you see, it is that easy to convince your child to go see a dentist.
Now, how to choose a family dentist is not as complicated as you think. First off, there are dentists who cater to younger patients. It will be better to bring your kids to them because they know how to handle first timers. Second, you can ask other parents for family dentist recommendations. Chances are if the dentist is well-endorsed, it means that he or she is good with kids. Lastly, the ambiance of the clinic is a big plus. Check out clinics and see if it embodies a relaxed environment. Children are more likely to trust the family dentist if the clinic is child-friendly. Your kids deserve to have wonderful teeth and you as a parent must do everything you can to achieve just that.