Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Trip to the Dentist

If anyone watched Veronica Mars, no I don't mean that "Trip to the Dentist". There is so much I could blog about - Josephine's first birthday, our trip to Ohio to see Husband's family*, the hell of making a true potty training push (since my whole "philosophy" went nowhere) that actually turned out to be not so bad but instead I decided to play the "Proud Mama" card and present you with:

Ned and Penny at the dentist.

After returning from our Ohio trip, Husband and I took off Thursday and Friday and kept the nanny. It was a staycation for THE PARENTS, the kids get a staycation everyday. Friday was the day I had to turn in their preschool registration packages (I was the last to pick up and last to turn in, naturally). We took Ned and Penny with us since I had embarked on hardcore potty training and wanted them to see the school they would attend when they were finally wearing "big kid underwear". Motherhood is such a psychological battleground.

Then it was off to the dentist! Based on MOT consultations and other horror stories I knew we were better off waiting until well past the 2.5 mark. And they were right! Ned and Penny sort of knew about the dentist thanks to Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer (thanks, Hermey!) and the dentist sent a cute reminder card that I talked about over several breakfasts.

They did amazingly well, despite the 30 min wait and the fact we did them back to back with one hygienist (I learned my lesson on that one - always book at the same time and I'll just bring my nanny if I need to).

They had their teeth counted (20 total for each kid), cleaned, flossed, scraped and finally, coated in fluoride. Both kids' teeth look good, which I would hope since we have them brush 2-3 times a day (and Penny actually knows how to brush, Ned knows how to bite a teethbrush and destroy the bristles in record time).

We let Ned go first:

Penny rocked the sunglasses:

We were told to floss their teeth. Yeah, I'll get right on that for teeth that will be falling out in a few years. We are attempting fluoride toothpaste but they aren't the best about remembering to spit.

No one complained and both opened their mouths very wide (we practiced before coming and in the waiting room). Penny even opened hers when Ned was instructed to open his "like a lion":

Before we left we set up their next appointment - in 6 months and all I could think was "you are kidding me, I can't even keep track of my 6 month dental visits and now I have to do this for my kids?" Wouldn't once a year be enough for temporary baby teeth?

To Josephine: Mommy, Esq. is sorry if I don't bring the camera to your first dentist appointment. I thought a pediatric dental appointment would be more interesting than it was.

* For Ohio photos click here.


Stacey said...

I'm glad they did so well. I do a cursory brush of Cameron's teeth 1-2 times a day. She, like Ned, is a toothpaste sucker/toothbrush biter.

ElizabethEK said...

I am impressed you get your kids to brush 2-3 times a day. We are 1 per day, at MOST for Emily.

Mandy said...

Sounds like your kids did super well. We do flossing, but we use the dentak flossers, they come in cool shapes and/or colors. You can use them without endangering any of your fingers AND at some point, they can floss easily on their own.

Unknown said...

That's reassuring knowing waiting until about age 2 1/2 helped your children. My daughter is almost that age. I've been reading on some blogs that say to take them at age 1, or even when they get their first tooth. I knew that my daughter would not do good at that age. So, I was waiting until an age where I could actually explain to her and show her what to expect first. I wanted to pass along this Mom's Guide for caring for kids teeth. It has great ideas on how to keep our kids teeth healthy. I hope you enjoy it, from one mom to another! http://www.1dental.com/moms-guide/