The dentist….if you have children you too probably dread the thought of it! Anna is naturally such a shy girl, and I, personally, have always struggled as a result getting my daughter to go to the dentist. Then again, she’s just not very agreeable when it comes to being put on the spot for strangers, even getting her to agree to a hair cut took forever and the hairdresser is one of my friends!
I never put much thought into the dentist since she’s so young, and I didn’t deem it a very big deal. However, lately, Anna has been having trouble with some of her teeth and we have been needing to go a lot more often, and I really wanted to make it as easy as possible on her. After much consideration I came up with what seemed a great solution – the tooth fairy.
Ever since Anna first learned about the tooth fairy she’s been asking when she’s going to come visit, and was even disappointed some mornings when “the tooth fairy hasn’t come yet!”. As a result, I decided to skip waiting for her to lose her first tooth and incorporate the tooth fairy for the dentist as well!
I started out by going to the dollar store and secretly purchasing a fairy wand. I then told Anna that when she went to the dentist, if she opened her mouth, the tooth fairy would be watching and would bring her a present that night for being so good to the dentist.
When the day arrived for our appointment I secretly brought the fairy wand with me, of which I was grateful, because when the assistant called for us to go to the room Anna dug in her heels and absolutely refused to budge, already on the verge of a meltdown! I then whipped out the fairy wand, stated the tooth fairy gave it to me to give her courage, and managed to convince her to come with me to see the dentist.
Sadly, no matter what I told her about the tooth fairy after that, she still refused to open her mouth, but at least I got her in the room which is a start. Hopefully next time we can get her to open up her mouth! If she does I plan on writing her a little note from the tooth fairy, and rolling it up with a quarter, which I’ll leave on her pillow when she’s asleep that night!
Have any of you had success with getting your young, particularly timid, children to the dentist? If not then hopefully my tactic will work for you! Let me know if you give it a try!