First, let me say that I am still new to the world of blogging and my sister Kasey (who accompanied me as my personal photographer and Nicolas’s rescuer) and I take terrible pictures with our iPhone. Well, terrible in comparison to a decent camera. If you thought you were getting quality here, think again.
Also, if you thought my son would be a gem in the dental chair, you were absolutely wrong. Just like majority of the 1 year olds we see in our office, Nicolas, my precious, happy baby, yelled his head off. Even though he happily lets me brush at home, an unknown environment with people he doesn’t remember set him off. It didn’t help that he didn’t get a full nap that morning and was becoming fussy on the ride there. Lets face it, that’s the way it goes when you’re the parent of a toddler...
It is important to establish a dental home for your child by age one. Check out THIS post about why. If you missed me crying last week about how I couldn’t cope with my son turning one, click HERE to read about it. I only cried a little bit... :I
Just like every one of you, I walked through the front door, checked in, and waited. Nicolas played with the toys and another patient. An adorable toddler who shared and played with him. She also pushed him down. I guess it is about time he learned what the real world is like. And my little weirdo kept going back for more. Like I said, she was adorable.
|Hanging out at Rose Tree Kids|
When Dr. Alex finished with her previous patient, our favorite assistant, Miss Ashley (yes, there are two of us and yes it can be confusing...) called us back.
So out of my element (or completely in it??) I sat in Dr. Alex’s chair instead of the patient chair when I walked in the room.
“Wrong chair, mom!” -says Dr. Alex. Ha.
Sitting in the right chair now, we begin...
Normally, we would spend the first few minutes with mom or dad discussing oral health and nutrition, any medical concerns or medications, snacking habits, or any other daily habits. You would be really surprised how much simple things effect those little teeth.
Since Dr. Alex and I talk about this on a regular basis we skipped it.
Moving right along, we started with a knee to knee. This is what a knee to knee looks like. Your child has the comfort of being close to you, but their head is in docs lap.
This is ideal in situations where children may not understand the idea of cooperation. With their head positioned like this, we can see much more with a quick look. He cried (not as bad as when he gets vaccines at the physician though). I held his hand while Dr. Alex used a mirror for an exam (a), a toothbrush for an easy clean (b), and a little brush to apply fluoride (c).
And just like that, it is all over!
Aunt Kasey, Save me!!!
He did forgive me....
From here on out, he will visit the dentist every 6 months. Just like an adult. He is a little ahead of the game with all of his teeth. Nine fully erupted teeth and three making their debut. It is very important to keep them clean. One of the teeth that is now erupted with be in his mouth until about age 12.
Here is a chart if you are unsure of the eruption pattern:
Just remember that every child is different and there is a wide range for what is considered "normal".
If you have any questions about this visit or whatever else you might be thinking, feel free to ask! I love questions :)
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