Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Dentist Visit a Must Before First Birthday

This past week Sarah was due for her annual dental check-up, her second in her life.

I had great expectations this visit was going to be a challenging one especially since she has been going through a phase recently of not wanting to go to the doctor.

Boy was I mistaken, and quite relieved.
Sarah's first visit to the dentist during age one, was a relatively good experience. She only cried a little and all-in-all did great. I chalked it up to her being younger and not as aware and understanding of the situation.

This time around, I was sure to bring as well, many of Sarah's comforts and reinforcements to survive the visit.

The great news is that she did really, really, really well. I especially have to thank Julia Cook and Laura Jana, M.D. authors of the children's book Melvin the Magnificent Molar. Recently, I wrote a blog post and review on this great new book and stand behind it as a quality read for little ones, and a source of comfort for future dentist visits.

I made sure to have this book in my bag for our visit. Sarah and I also spent much time reading this book leading up to the dentist visit. As a result of reading this book, we have since started calling Sarah's molars Melvin, same as the name of the main character, a molar, in the book. Giving her molar teeth personality by naming them has made it a lot easier for us to help her brush her teeth, especially way in the back. We also told Sarah that her Melvin's were getting checked out and she was happy.

She did great at the dentist. I can't say this enough. The visit really went smoothly. It started off calm with Sarah reading the book in the waiting room, the photo is above. Once in the chair laying on me she got a little cranky. Once we mentioned her Melvin's were being checked out she become much more cooperative.
Many times I have heard moms say that they have not yet taken their children to the dentist. It appears that moms are getting many mixed messages. After talking with our pediatrician and researching recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry a child's first visit to the dentist should happen during the first year of life, especially if any teeth have erupted and if any teeth are touching one another.

It is very possible for children to develop dental problems early on in life. The sooner you visit with the dentist with your child the better you are all able to protect against problems such as baby bottle or nursing tooth decay, teething irritations, extensive thumb-sucking or even gum disease. And, if there is a family history of dental problems parents are highly encouraged to bring their children in as well for routine check-ups.

I was so incredibly proud of Sarah and told her this many times over. While the dentist may seem like a scary process for our children check out this fun read, bring along some your child's favorite comforts, go in expecting the worst, be calm and know it will be over before you know it.
Good luck on your child's next dentist visit.


  1. awww. my little boy is going next week for the first time and he does not like brushing his teeth

  2. Good luck at the dentist with your son. Bring along some of his comfort things and sing to him or talk with him and it will be over before you know it.


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