How to reassure and familiarise your toddler with the dentist’s chair so she knows what to expect on D-day.
While we’re all guilty of prioritising absolutely anything at all over a dreaded dentist check-up (gulp), appointments at your toddler’s age are really just about making sure everything’s progressing OK – and they give you a chance to ask any questions about looking after her teeth.
If she’s nervous about the visit, add these tasks to your to-do list.
1) Take her with you
Bring your child to your own check-ups so she gets used to what happens – although maybe not if you’re in for a heavy-duty root canal.
"You don’t want to frighten her, but a general appointment can familiarise her with the sounds and smells," says Karen Coates, dental advisor for The British Dental Health Foundation.
5) Use positive language
If your child’s having treatment, certain language may help her feel more relaxed.
"Realistically, most children know what injections are, but it may be good to call it “cream” or “liquid” and say something like it “makes your tooth go to sleep so we can get the bugs out”," suggests Karen.
Meet the expert: Karen Coates, dental advisor for The British Dental Health Foundation
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