W’s First Dentist Appointment

First appointment with dentist went greatAs much as I sigh over the princess stuff on Disney Junior (do not even get me started on the interactive Valentine’s) they do have these really sweet and clever videos in between the shows. The videos are like vignettes of behavior to model and they work great with W.

A few months ago there was a video showing a little boy preparing his own breakfast: he got the cereal down, he got his bowl, he got his milk and spoon… It showed him pouring the cereal into his bowl and then pouring milk on top of his cereal. After W saw this video he declared that HE COULD DO THAT TOO! And from that moment on W has been in charge of his breakfast. (the only change we make is that I pour milk into a cup that he then pours into his cereal)

At the beginning of February Disney Junior started showing a video about a boy going to the dentist. They portrayed “going to the dentist” as this super awesome and wonderful ADVENTURE. Immediately W started saying, “I want to go there! I want to go to the dentist too!”

On Monday W handed me his art for the day at preschool pickup and he was so proud of his tooth page. Once again he nudged me, “I have to go to the dentist.”

I figured I should jump at this kind of enthusiasm and while he was (NOT) napping up in his room Monday afternoon I located a pediatric dentist in our neighborhood and gave them a call. As it turned out they had an opening the very next day.

W told everyone he encountered on Tuesday morning that he was going to the dentist. It made me laugh to see the reactions of people’s faces.

I picked W up early from school yesterday and he was so silly and excited. It helped that the dentist was in the same medical building as his pediatrician. The dentist’s office had a space theme and the lobby was this super groovy dark area with glowing lights. He was wowed.

When they called his name we both went back. (I have heard that some dentist offices frown upon having parents go back with the kids but this place has a, “you know your kid better than us, do what is best” attitude.) W was escorted to an exam chair and the dental assistant introduced herself and then introduced her tools. She let W hold each one and she demonstrated what they do. He was allowed to pick out a flavor for his tooth cleaning and another flavor for his fluoride treatment.

I was so proud of how well W did. He was captivated by the dental assistant and followed all of her directions. He laughed as she cleaned his teeth and he loved having the water and suction in his mouth.

The dentist came over and counted W’s teeth and I asked her to check out his attached upper frenulum. Last week W’s teacher had indicated that he could benefit from some speech therapy and I remembered that this attached frenulum could be a problem for his speech. The dentist said that it had mostly detached on its own but she said it could be connected to speech as he would have to work harder to have the same mouth movement as other children.

When W’s exam was over he got to pick a new toothbrush to bring home AND two toys from a large toy chest. He told one of the people at check out, “I love having someone look at my teeth!” And now he wants to be a dentist who drives a garbage truck.

Relief!

Now I am tasked with finding a dentist for myself. I am mortified to share with you how long it has been since I have seen a dentist. It’s been a LONG TIME. Which is a wee bit scary.

Some photos of W enjoying himself at the dentist:

Original art on this post was created by W.