I visit the dentist every 6 months since having braces as a child. That is one thing I try not to avoid. Why wouldn’t you want to look after your teeth? Those precious things that help you eat chocolate. Although technically you could just stick a piece of chocolate in your mouth and it would melt.
I was pretty late in taking Munchkin to the dentist. I believe she was about 6, and she was very nervous about going. Still is if I am honest. So our dentist recommended I register Bee early and get her used to going.
Myself and Munchkin had our six month check ups so we dragged Bee along. I say dragged but that girl loves to be out and about!
The waiting room has 2 sections so we went and sat in the quieter section where I could let Bee loose and she happily played with her sister.
She then lulled everyone into a false sense of security by sitting down and ‘reading’ a magazine…..it was upside down though. (Those who read my blog regularly know that Bee isn’t one for sitting down!)
I think she then got bored and decided to run around the waiting room. Thankfully the other patients waiting weren’t annoyed by this but found her rather amusing.
When we went into the dentists room, Bee was not shy at all and even tried to open the cupboards. She chatted away to the dental nurse while the Dentist checked mine and Munchkin’s teeth and even tried to climb on to the chair.
So Bee is now registered with the Dentist and has her first appointment in August.
It is unlikely she will actually get her teeth checked then but it is more about getting her used to going and getting to know our dentist. Although in all honesty she picks up things so quick I wouldn’t be surprised if she did open her mouth for the dentist. The Dentist said she will just try to get Bee onto the chair (no problem there as she already wanted to sit on it) and just chat to her until she is used to it all.
It is unlikely that Bee would need treatment at this age, she loves brushing her teeth and I rarely give her sweets and juice; but it is always best to start getting the kids into a routine of going to the dentist. More so if your child seems to be clingy, as it may take them a bit longer to get used to it.
If your child is really nervous, then the book ABC Dentist may help with showing them to what to expect.