It was the first visit to the dentist today for my for Little Man. It didn’t start well when the receptionist said they were running “about 25 minutes late, ok” I appreciate it happens, but never before had I a curious toddler to entertain for at least 30 minutes in a busy dental surgery whilst also hiding my nerves. Yes, I am a wimp when it comes to the dentist.
As it was a first appointment, we had to fill out a couple of forms. I could have put comedy answers for some of the questions, like occupation for example – “Toddler, finger nibbler” I did answer on the “Are there any nerves about today’s visit or any part of dentistry” – “Yes, wary of electric toothbrush noise” The dentist was shocked and thought I meant that we are using an electric toothbrush on our little boy’s teeth. I’m surprised she could read my writing since most was written whilst my boy wanted to help and hold the pen.
The friendly dentist asked us to sit in the chair. Little man was on my knee weighing up the room and the green gloved hands coming his way. Nope, he did not like these and was no way going to touch them or allow them near his mouth. A cuddly bunny which the dentist brought over and pretended to brush its teeth was a welcome distraction for a few moments.. then it was back to wriggling about on my knee. Switching the light on and off was merely an annoyance. Not like at home then, when this is fun! The dentist said “yes, 2-3 year olds are tricky”
I spotted a model mouth with a huge toothbrush in it. “Ooh what’s that over there” We went to investigate. It was a success – if only for 20 seconds for her to swiftly look in his mouth with her little mirror. Afterwards my little boy showed off his love of cleaning by brushing the floor with the huge toothbrush.
Happy with his teeth and saying what a nice smile he has, the dentist said she will see us in 6 months.We were sent off with a big Mater sticker and reminder of watching our sugar intake. They have a big campaign about healthy eating in the surgery at the moment. The dental nurse shocked me when she said that a little pot of fromage frais contains 2 teaspoonful’s of sugar!
Little Man likes the parrot thing off Mr Maker on CBeebies and used his new found saying to the dentist “Time to Go!” So we did. Happy to have been and to have got the ok on his little teeth. Hopefully next time he will feel a bit more relaxed next and look forward to his sticker