Today was a day I have been dreading for a while. J’s first dentist visit! A) I REALLY don’t like going to the dentists B) I didn’t know how J would take to it all. So, I started to talking to J about his teeth and how we would be seeing a dentist who will want to have a look at them. I asked him where his teeth were and he showed me.
When we got the dentist, I made sure we were early enough for J to explore the waiting room, get used to the noise and smells. He was exploring the toys and books quite happily.
I had shown J his ‘now and next’ cards (improvising with the teeth/dentist picture) so he knew it was time to look at his teeth then to go in the car. I am lucky that J’s dentist specialises in children with additional need so they were patient, showed interest in his symbols and went at J’s pace (even giving him his own mirror to explore with).
J didn’t want to sit in the chair so he sat on my knee (how I managed to sit calmly in the chair is a miracle). J then noticed the little sink so was happy to sit and fiddle.
J’s teeth are perfect. We discussed his inhaler usage (things like inhalers, steroids, antibiotics etc can affect your teeth), diet and toothbrushing habits. I’m really pleased that J’s teeth are doing great as we have really been developing his tooth brushing routine (click here to read more about it).