Last Tuesday was a first for us… Niko’s first trip to the dentist. I know, I know…. he’s almost 4! How was this his first trip to the dentist? Well, it’s something that has been on my mind, but I just hadn’t gotten around to it. Honestly, it’s not something that I was looking forward to. I mean, who wants to take a toddler to a doctor’s office much less a dentist’s office?
Then I visited my sister’s house and my timetable moved up. My nephew has horrible teeth… I can say it because he inherited my family’s mouth. The English and French are known for many things… dental strength is not one of them. My nephew has had two root canals at the age of 5 going on 6. I didn’t even think that was possible! So when I got home from my visit, I made Niko’s appointment.
All last week, I worked the dentist office like a hype man. “Are we going to the dentist next week? They have a really cool chair!” “Wow, you are a big boy for sure! The dentist wants to see you now!” “You take such great care of your teeth! The dentist is going to have to give you a prize!”
The day of reckoning came and I know I was more nervous than Niko. I picked him up from school and started the long drive to the dentist office. During the drive, I kept telling him how if he did well, he would get prizes. When we got to the office, he played with the alligator that shows you how to brush your teeth.
Then his name was called and it was game on.
He walked around to his section and plopped up on the chair. Then they turned on the lifesaver… the TV! Hello SpongeBob, I am so happy to see you. You make my life so much easier! Not to sound old, but this is still kinda new to me. I have been going to my new doctor only for a year or so. Her practice is light years ahead of my old dentist.
With my new job, came a new dentist and that was for the better! I will be honest… my old dentist was kinda in the hood because it was close to my old house, which was in the hood.
That is not a bash on my old dentist by any means, but his office and equipment was very old. I didn’t really pay any attention because his work was good and I was happy with his office staff. They were very friendly and if we hadn’t moved, I wouldn’t have looked for a new office. (Although I don’t miss the wood paneling.)
Anyway, back to the visit. The hygienist came in and up went the chair. Here is where I thought the freakout was going to start. But she handed him a pair of fun sunglasses and asked him to relax. He did really well! She asked him to open wide and he did it like a champ. She looked around then asked him if he wanted to get his teeth cleaned.
Oh man. Here it comes, I thought. She is going to fire up that spinner thingie and scream and thrash time. But she let him touch the polisher with his finger and he was fine with it. She polished up his teeth and all was good. The only thing that he was not having was the sucker thing. She was going to suck out the fluid and he was not having it. So we went old school and he spit in the sink. (Although I must say that I miss the tiny toilet that you used to spit in. When I was a kid, that was my favorite part. Now that we are all high tech, I guess that’s out now.)
The dentist came in and ‘counted his teeth’ which is an awesome way of looking for cavities without saying you are looking for them. Niko did a really great and the dentist asked him if he brushes his teeth. He was all proud of himself and answered proudly that he did. Well, it’s more of a team effort, but we get the job done.
He was most excited to get his prizes after having the fluoride treatment. He picked out a fan and some Playdoh with a Spiderman sticker.
Sweet. Now he thinks that dentist offices are awesome places that have rides and prizes.
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