Friday, July 2, 2010

The Dentist

Izzie cool as a cucumber at the dentist.

 Izzie wasn't sure at first, but she warmed up quickly.

Izzie wearing her shades to block the light.

Maddie wasn't quite ready to sit in the chair by herself, so she sat in my lap. Green bunny helped brush her teeth.

Maddie in my lap while the Dr. Keel counts her teeth.

Maddie eventually let her use the electric toothbrush to clean her teeth. 

We went to the dentist today and it was a resounding success all the way around! We started off by going to pick up my mom early so we could go out to lunch before going to the dentist. Maddie and Izzie were excited because they had seen John and I get our teeth cleaned just a week ago. I chose Grin Pediatrics based on the numerous reviews I heard about them. I knew they were pretty young for the dentist so I wanted to make sure I went somewhere that specialized in toddlers. When we walked through the door we were greeted warmly and immediately handed our first gift. A fourth of July t-shirt! Then there was a small incident with Maddie falling out of a chair onto her head, that we were worried was not a good way to start a dentist visit! But when the girls saw the huge train table in the waiting room, Maddie's boo-boo suddenly disappeared! 

The bad thing about that train table though, was Izzie was NOT done playing with it when they called us back to get our teeth cleaned. We walked back to were the chairs were, both girls were still excited that this was "their" dentist (which was different than Momma and Daddy's dentist.) But then it dawned on Maddie that she didn't want her teeth cleaned after all. They got some stickers, rings and cool sunglasses, but all Maddie wanted to do was watch the Finding Nemo they had playing in this cute little waiting alcove. Izzie climbed up in the "special" chair like no big deal. Then she froze. She wouldn't smile or talk, but she did everything the hygienist said to do. As a matter of fact she did AMAZING for a first trip to the dentist! She got her teeth counted, scrapped and brushed with the electric buzzing toothbrush. Then they did a fluoride rinse on her teeth. She did a super terrific big girl job!

Maddie took a bit more convincing, but she finally climbed up in my lap on the chair. Then bunny helped her brush her teeth with a regular brush. When the hygienist brought out the small little mirror, Maddie was intrigued enough to let her put it in her mouth. At that point we realized that any silence that wasn't a "NO!" was a yes. From there she was able to do the entire routine with Maddie. I was so proud of the girls, they were so brave! Our first trip to the dentist turned out to be a great day!

1 comment:

Randy Deaver said...

Congrats on a successful first dental visit for your two kids! That's certainly a big thing to be proud about for parents and the kids who went to the dentist. It's great to have a kid-friendly dental clinic, so kids can get used to it more easily.

-Randy Deaver