Last week the wee girl had her first proper dentist appointment; which I will admit to having been a little concerned about!
She has visited the dentist with her brothers; sat in the chair, watched the hygienist clean the boys teeth, seen how it all works. We had chatted about what happens at the dentist and reassured her that there was nothing to worry about. We had talked about it while there with her brothers, and reinforced the positives after each of their visits.
But, she had quite consistently told me that she didn’t want to see the dentist herself.
Our dentist doesn’t do full appointments for children until they turn three. Their view seems to be that while younger children might sit in the chair and let you count their teeth, that’s about it (and I’m guessing this isn’t a good use of dental insurance dollars!). We take good care of the wee girl’s teeth, and she’s perfectly happy to brush them etc., so I had no concerns and didn’t push the issue.
I did however make sure I got an appointment booked in as soon as she turned three. Partly because our paediatrician has a slightly different view, and I didn’t want to get told off again at her three year physical (which is next week!).
Remembering the boys first appointments, when they were two, and wouldn’t let the dentist do very much at all, I wasn’t holding out great hopes for this appointment. Especially when it started with the hygienist and her sharp instruments!
But, I could not have been more surprised, or proud.
The wee girl sat in the chair and followed every single instruction, including all the tongue moves and aaaahing! She let the hygienist count and clean her teeth (scrape, brush and floss!). All without a single complaint. Even after the hygienist poked one of her gums, all we got was an ouch, and then she settled back to the let the cleaning continue.
She let the dentist do all his checks too, even though by this point she’d been in the chair for a good twenty minutes and must have been getting restless.
She was a superstar.
She is growing up. No longer a toddler, but a little girl who can listen well and take a new experience in her stride.
And I am a very proud mummy.
How did you prepare your children for their first visit to the dentist?
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