Top Tips for Taking Your Child to the Dentist

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My dental surgery has a sign that says “You don’t have to brush all your teeth – just the ones you want to keep”

I point it out to my kids each time we visit – every 6 months.

I have visited the dentist every 6 months since I can remember, and probably before that. In fact my current dentist is the same one I have had since I was at secondary school. My friend used to think he looked like Rob Lowe – he does a bit to be honest.

I am lucky enough to have an NHS dentist like Vallance Dental Centre and in order to keep our slot we all go to the dentist every six months. We go as a family and if we all get a full house then we are allowed a treat afterwards, usually a meal out or maybe a McDonalds. I am aware that kind of defeats the object but a little bit of what you fancy doesn’t do you any harm, right?

We have taken both boys with us to the dentist since they were born

Of course to begin with they didn’t have any teeth. But it gets them used to it and they realise there is nothing to worry about. The last thing you want to do is make them scared of the dentist otherwise they will refuse to go. I have to admit that the first time Little L was due a “proper” check up he was a little more than reluctant. The dentist was very calm and said not to bother, Little L will get a phobia if we force him. Sure enough, 6 months later he was happy to hop up into the chair, mouth wide open saying “Ahhhhh”.

Our tactic is for one of the adults to go first – usually Monsieur Incidental, then Big L by this time they have both got a clean bill of, well, teeth, and then Little L is keen to join in. Then it just leaves me not to let the side down. I haven’t, yet!

Both our boys are very good at brushing their teeth, but it wasn’t always that way

Little L was AWFUL for a few weeks. I’m pretty sure our neighbours thought we were killing him every evening. We tried a few different tactic but we found that strawberry toothpaste, rather than mint, works better, and a little electric toothbrush with a character on. You can get all sorts now, Star Wars, Frozen, Minions – he’s had one of each!

I’m lucky I have hard wearing teeth. I only have one filling and that’s from cracking a tooth on my tongue stud years ago. Hopefully the boys will inherit my teeth – you only get one set of teeth (well two but you know what I mean) look after them  

 

 

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