Charlie’s First Dentist Appointment

img_20161116_111253083I know, I know… she’s over two years old! Maybe this shouldn’t have been her FIRST visit to the dentist, but regardless, it was. Mark and I totally anticipated a locked-lipped toddler, screaming and crying; however, Charlotte was AMAZING.

Truth: I wasn’t there, but Nana and Mark (who were both there) said Charlie was incredible! Probably a bit shell-shocked, but incredible!

She laid on the exam chair, watched some TV (with Mark) and let the dentists and hygienist clean her teeth. Afterward, she even got a few special little toys, tattoos and stickers for being such a good girl.img_20161116_110340469_burst000_cover

And, the takeaway (compliments to my mother in law for this amazing run down):

  • All 20 teeth are in
  • Molars have lots of ‘mountains and valleys,’ which are good for chewing. They also collect food more than flat teeth so need to be brushed more carefully.
  • Lots of spaces between teeth so food is unlikely to be trapped. Flossing is for training only. (OY! Can’t imagine this will be a welcomed addition to our nighttime routine)
  • Amount of toothpaste on brush: a grain or two, so no prob if she swallows (C switched to THIS toothpaste, which has fluoride)
  • Brush 2x day (we had only been brushing her teeth at night, but have since added a brush in the AM. I was thinking it was time… she officially wakes up with stinky breath.)
  • Tissue above upper teeth should be clear of teeth before braces so teeth align well. Currently, the tissue above her teeth is attached… I’m not sure I totally get this one. Have to get a refresher from Mark (the appointment was actually last week).

img_20161116_110237188_burst000_coverWe actually selected a pediatric dentist who’s a friend of ours and a parent to a child who attends C’s school. Makes checking in easy and it was great for the dentist to be a familiar face for Charlotte.

 

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4 thoughts on “Charlie’s First Dentist Appointment

  1. Eli’s first trip was cake. I was also amazed. We went for the second time yesterday and it did not go well. The dentist held him down to brush his teeth which was a bit upsetting to both of us bc I think it was very traumatic. Hopefully he will want to go back bc I wouldn’t want to after that experience. They did a much better job taking their time with Eli in his first trip. He second trip seemed hurried and less patient. Ugh.

  2. I’m terrified of bringing Brady to the dentist… Ha, ha! He turns two this week, so I probably should look into pediatric dentists in the area. But I don’t know that he’s quite ready for it, so maybe we’ll wait a bit longer as well.
    I love reading updates like this, because I feel as though I get to learn so much through your blog posts. 🙂

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