There are ways to make the child view a check-up as a good experience. Playing and pretending is one great way of doing this. At home, you can have a “pretend” visit to the dentist which includes:
- Gently touching the child’s teeth
- Simulating drilling sounds
- Explaining and showing what to expect
By turning the visit into a fun experience for the child you will “alleviate his or her fear of the dentist” and other tips can be found at https://www.workingmother.com/afraid-of-the-dentist.