KUALA LUMPUR: A first visit to the dentist does terrify many young ones, and 4-year-old Lara Alana Awal is no exception.
The sociable daughter of television hosts Awal Ashaari and Scha Alyahya made her inaugural visit to the dentist last Friday, and according to Awal, she was reduced to tears the moment she saw the dentist's collection of "tools".
In a brief video which Awal uploaded on his daughter's Instagram account two days ago, he was seen calming her down, and assuring her that the dentist, identified only as Dr Mike, would not hurt her.
Awal and Scha even volunteered to have their teeth checked by Dr Mike, to convince Lara that the process was painless.
In the caption to the video, Awal said: "Every kid has his or her weakness and strengths. Our girl Lara Alana's biggest fear happens to be the dentist. She may be sociable but when she meets the dentist she becomes a bundle of nerves."
He added: "This is especially so when the dentist takes out his set of tools which includes the nebulizer and the dreaded drill. Dr Mike, our friend, is one of the best dentists in town especially when it comes to dealing with children.
We took Lara to see him yesterday (Friday) and the equipment beside the dental chair really freaked her out."
Awal then said: "The good dentist said it is normal for any child to burst into tears during his or her first visit because they are not familiar with the whole dental experience. He suggested that we introduce Lara to the less 'scary' equipment, and gradually progress to the 'serious' equipment.
The doting father added: "He also showed Lara her favourite cartoons, and Mummy even volunteered to 'model' for the whole teeth-checking process, to convince Lara it was not as bad as she thought. The dentist then gave Lara a tour of his clinic, and his helpful nurses helped her get comfortable with her surroundings. Best of all, he gave Lara a special gift."
Awal also volunteered to sit on the chair to convince the little lass that the dental examination was not scary at all.
He said: "Hopefully, Lara will be brave enough by her next visit to the dentist. Our girl is one who is led by example. Once she's familiar with the whole process, she will be OK with it."
He ended the post with: "Let's see her progress next time. We'll keep you all updated."
More than 700 Netizens replied to the video, and all of them gave Lara words of encouragement.
They also told Lara that they had faced a similar fear of the dentist as kids.