Her first dentist visit (as told in pictures)

We took the lil’ monkey for her first dental visit this week. I know, I know. We could have taken her earlier — should have taken her earlier. The American Dental Association recommends they come in as soon as the first teeth appear, and no later than the first year.

Yep. Remember, this is the dentists talking.

Our first visit clocked in at the average, which is when the kid’s around three years old. (Fortunately this was A-OK with our pediatrician, who must not golf with dentists, or if she does, she must be carrying a grudge from when the cart ran over her foot that one time.)

Least we’ve been brushing the little things since they first broke through the gums and began to put a crimp — d’oh! — in the ol’ nursing routine.

The lil’ monkey took along her little buddies Amahl and Amahl’s mother (natch).

I already love the dentist (who’ll be seeing to Mama’s and Baba’s teeth soon). She came highly recommended, has a family practice, and obviously loves working with children, who love her back. Or at least ours did. The lil’ monkey was as relaxed as if she were having a manicure.

I also love our dentist’s chief dental hygenist, who’s her sister (I said it was a family practice, didn’t I?). She has two daughters (10 and 16), and managed in our brief exchange, as she buffed and polished the lil’ monkeys choppers, to convey to me a number of pearls of wisdom regarding getting through — and appreciating — these early years. Just what I needed to hear, and when.

As you can see, the lil’ monkey would have gladly let her park a car in there.

It really was a quite enjoyable experience. Wonder what mighta helped? Besides their impeccable professionalism, their abundant warmth, and their many years of experience?

Heh heh.

I mean what would you do, if you had a drill in one hand and a kid in the chair in front of you?

8 thoughts on “Her first dentist visit (as told in pictures)”

  1. I loved the dentist so much at that age that I begged my mother to throw my fourth birthday party there. I believe my logic was partially based on the ready abundance of stickers.

  2. GW, I can see whereof you speak. They had quite a booty-filled room (coloring books, stuffed animals, bottles o’ bubbles, etc.), from which she could choose her own goodie after the adventure was over. If our lil’ one begs for a fourth birthday party there, I think we’d be crazy to say no.

  3. This generation of kids are lucky. My parents fed us sweets every day with rather predictable effects on our teeth. Our family dentist never used any kind of anaesthetic. He was tall, lanky and reminded me in a scary way of ‘The Cat in the Hat’. His waiting room our only exposure to Dr Suess books.

    I dont like the dentist but wifey comes out in a cold sweat. Her childhood dentist performed extractions without anaesthetic. She has to be patient-whispered by our dentist whose technique involves repetitively humming the Scooby Doo theme. Grandmotherly nestling by her most voluptuous assets is also in the equation somewhere.

    Well done monkey and well done you for making this an experience to repeat.

  4. Gosh, what is it in the US? My SO’s stepfather was a dentist and he would do exactly the same: no anaesthesia. That said, I’m the wrong one to pipe up as I only see the dentist once a year for some cleaning after which he eyes my pearlies woefully and says: nothing wrong, once again. Not a single filling in there. At least I can thank my genes for something.

    Here kids see the dentist for the first time at the age of 6 after they have changed their first set.

  5. A friend of mine who’s a hygienist says it’s best not to bring kids in until they are three, because before that children are just frightened and confused and you can’t explain to them what’s going on.* The dentist (at least the one she works with) would rather be able to make a good first impression. So you brush their teeth from the time they appear, create good habits yada yada, and of course come to a dentist if there’s a broken tooth or whatnot, but no regular dental visits ’til 3.

    *though maybe stickers would suffice

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