Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

OPEN WIDE! Smiles Galore at Dentist; Helping Kids Cope with Fear

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

OPEN WIDE! Smiles Galore at Dentist; Helping Kids Cope with Fear

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Byline: Liana Turner

WOULD you let a clown or the Mad Hatter drill your teeth or fill your cavities?

Clients of a Tweed dental clinic happily do so.

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DENTISTS and clowns are both feared by many, but one Tweed dental clinic is turning both stereotypes on their head to help kids embrace healthy teeth.

Dentists and administration staff at Tweed District Dental on Minjungbal Dr donned colourful costumes as part of their fun approach to oral health last week, the second such fancy dress day the clinic has staged.

The sometimes expected grim-faced terror of the dentist's waiting room was replaced with big smiles and laughter, as a Mad Hatter probed in a young patient's mouth.

The young patients are also encouraged to come in costume.

Tweed parents Bronwyn and David Wicks have been taking their kids to the clinic for several months and say they are amazed at how the novel approach has removed their kids' fears about getting in the dental chair. …

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