We had a dentist appointment today. Audrey’s second visit, and her first cleaning. I was kind of dreading the visit when she woke up saying, “No mommy, I don’t want to go to dentist, I don’t want them to look at my teeth.” I figured at best we would have a repeat of the recent doctor visit where she was rather uncooperative. At the worst we would be kicking and screaming in the chair while someone attempted to peek at her teeth.
We prepped for the visit. We practiced the day before looking at her teeth and counting them. We discussed pain and I explained that I did not think that anything would hurt. I reinforced that I would discuss anything that may hurt before it happened. And yes, I resorted to a small amount of bribery by reminding her that Santa is watching and checking his list to see if she is being naughty or nice. (I must admit that I love her age and the Santa Claus experience.)
I am proud to admit that she did rather well. We were able to have her teeth cleaned, flossed (by mommy), checked by the dentist, and fluoride applied. YEA, NO CAVITIES!!! Our next visit will be in 6 months.
We received the following reminders:
1.) We should brush our teeth at least twice a day. We can use a soft toothbrush like the one the dentist provided or even an electric one that does 360 degree circles for cleaning. Also, parents should brush their child’s teeth until they are 7-10 years old when they have the coordination to effectively brush by themselves.
2.) We should floss at least once a day.
3.) We should drink only water between meals/snack time – which means no carrying the sippy cup around the house filled with milk or juice. This is the point we need to work on the most.
4.) Monitor sugar intake.
Other reminders, especially for the younger ones:
1.) Establish a dental home between 1-2 years of age. Most pediatric dentists will have introductory visits starting at age 18 months unless there are problems sooner.
2.) Brush teeth starting from the time they erupt with either a finger brush, soft toothbrush, or wash cloth.
3.) No bottle propping.
4.) No sleeping/napping with a bottle, sippy cup, or nursing. This allows for prolonged sugar exposure on the teeth and increases the risk of cavities. (FYI Milk has sugar in it.)
Until next time continue to brush and floss to protect those beautiful smiles!