Or… lack of drama.
We took Owen for his 2nd visit to the dentist last week. Technically it should have been his 3rd or 4th, since we went for the first time when he around 1, and you’re supposed to go every 6 months, but, well, we didn’t. And I figured that we went for his first appointment earlier than most, so we really weren’t very far behind from a normal kid’s schedule. In the meantime, though, we did floss and brush his teeth every night (except for the random babysitter night, who I ask to “try, but if it doesn’t work out, don’t worry about it”).
Lucky for us, Benjamin’s dad is a pediatric dentist (remember the Q&A he did 2 years ago?), and getting to see Pop at work is a total treat! In fact, he is still Benjamin’s and my dentist (ahem, don’t laugh, yes we still go to a pediatric dentist) too. Owen sees another dentist in the practice, since Pop will likely retire while Owen is going there, and we didn’t want to blur the line between family and doctor for him.
The visit was awesome. Owen recently got an electric toothbrush (with Thomas the train on it, ohmigoshsoexciting!), so he was totally pumped to bring it to the dentist and show him. Everyone in the office hears all about Owen all the time, so he got quite the warm welcome when we arrived. The first time we visited, Owen was too little to really understand anything about where we were and what was happening. So all they did was take a peek in his mouth and talked to me about dental hygiene habits. This time, though, we were hoping to do a full cleaning and take a closer look.
Owen’s dentist was AWESOME. He was relaxed and cool about the whole visit, he let Owen chat all about his toothbrush and hold the mirrors and play with the tools and wear sunglasses so the light wouldn’t bother his eyes. He knew exactly how to ask Owen to lay down so he could look in his mouth, and even had Owen helping him to count his teeth while he poked around with a tool. He loved picking out his toothpaste flavor and the cleaning was super easy. THIS, my friends, is the advantage to a true pediatric dentist, rather than just taking your kids to a regular dentist. Owen was having so much fun!
Of course, when he was finished, he got to pick out a toy for being such a good patient. He wanted one of everything, naturally, and kept saying, “When I come back next time, I’m going to get one of THOSE.”. Whatever works to get him excited about going back to the dentist!
For anyone in the Metrowest Boston area looking for a pediatric dentist, the place where we went is Pediatric Dentistry.
After we went to the dentist I happened to be reading an article in Parents Magazine that had a terrifying article in it. It started by telling a story of a 5-year-old kid whose dental x-rays showed 5 cavities, including 3 in his molars that were so severe, they couldn’t be fixed by fillings (he had to get extensive work, including “baby root canals”). Remembering back to my own childhood of being terrified of getting a cavity at every checkup, I can not IMAGINE the horror of finding out your kid has to be put under anesthesia to treat something that could have been avoided (or at least dramatically reduced) by daily flossing and brushing. It’s astonishing. I thought kids didn’t get cavities until they were much older, but apparently I was wrong. And, even though they have baby teeth when they are so young, the dentist can’t just extract them or “let them be” because adult teeth won’t grow in properly. Brushing and flossing for your child until age 6 (says Parents magazine) is really, really serious.
So thankful to have started flossing and brushing so young, and already crossing my fingers that we can avoid cavities as long as possible.