Colin had his first dentist appointment this morning. I was very nervous about it because I know how shy he is. Well, my fear was validated...he screamed the whole time...but I guess that is better than clamping his mouth shut, because they were able to do his cleaning quickly! He was just so scared.
The office that we went to was a pediatric office, so it was all set up with a playroom and the exam rooms were very kid friendly. They even had a TV on the ceiling playing cartoons for the kids to watch during the cleaning.
Colin got to pick out a brand new toothbrush (he chose one with ladybugs on it). He even got to choose the toothpaste and fluoride flavor (strawberry, of course!).
I came equipped with my camera to be a good mom and capture his first visit for memories, but with all of the crying, I just couldn't bring myself to bring it out. So, I took him outside when we got home and he showed off his pearly whites for the camera!
Report: no cavities (Yay! I contribute this to us being very strict with what he eats). He did have some plaque buildup on his front teeth, but that's nothing that a little flossing can't fix. The dentist also said that he has a fairly narrow top palette and she's going to 'watch' it...dunno what that means for the future?!? Colin also has his 2 year molars coming in (finally, now that he's almost 3...then again it did take 13 months before we ever even saw his first tooth!)
Plan: brush twice a day, focusing on his top front teeth and a few of the back ones, floss, and teach him to spit out toothpaste. His next visit is in 6 months (December). Hopefully he'll be a little more relaxed next time.
All in all, I'd say that the visit went better than I had expected it to. If anyone is pedi. dentist shopping, I would definitely recommend this one!