This can be a daunting idea for anyone. We aim to make this as easy as possible for everyone involved – how do we do this, I hear you ask?
Well, firstly, ahead of time, start practicing skills such as opening mouth wide when asked to. Then, buy a dentist mirror, and practice having the mirror in the child’s mouth for short periods of time. You can make it clear how long the mirror will be there for by counting down, or using a timer, whatever they are used to using. The important thing at this stage is to do all of this in a place where the child feels comfortable. It may also be worth practicing with gloves and face masks to make it as realistic as possible.
Also, well ahead of time, talk to the dentist surgery, and explain exactly what you need from them. It might be that you need to meet the dentist a few times before the check-up. It might be that the child needs a few visits to practice waiting in the waiting room.
When you have found a surgery that will accommodate your needs, and you are happy with the set up, start going there in preparation for the first appointment. Take plenty of fun things to have in the waiting room, and on the dentist’s chair initially. Perhaps have a special treat ready for successful trips.
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