Today was the girls first visit to the dentist. A little behind schedule for Teagan, but very early for Ashlin. We talked it up to Teagan, to get her psyched and to hopefully keep her from not being scared. Although she froze up, we probably didn’t need to bother much. I was more worried than I needed to be about passing on the phobia I have of the dentist. She’s such a brave girl. Very good.
I ended up stuck in the office filling out her insurance forms as well as Ashlin’s. Stu went in as moral support, to help ground Teagan in case she started getting too scared. The dentist was really good with her, I could hear. She showed Teagan the mirror and talked through the whole thing in nice, easy steps. Stu said you could see that Teagan was scared, she was just the right level of scared, compliant, but not screaming and freaking out. She was a bit uncertain as the chair reclined, but the dentist and Stu talked her though that, and then she was fine. Nervous, but fine. She opened her mouth nicely, when the dentist asked, opened wide and let her look at her teeth with the mirror. She also let the dentist count her teeth – ten on top and ten on the bottom! She said that Teagan was a very good brusher, her teeth were nice and clean. Nicely spaced too.
After the tooth check, the dentist asked if we wanted Teagan to have a fluoride treatment. Sure, anything to help prevent any possible cavity and actual dental work. Raspberry flavored! Again, Teagan was very good with the application, nervously compliant. She gave Teagan a lollipop to have 45 minutes or so after the application to help seal it. No juice or soda (like that’s a problem!) for the rest of the day, only milk and water.
Teagan was super excited afterwards, when the dentist gave her a treat bag, with a new toothbrush, and a few toys. Teagan called the dentist, and the hygienist, her friends. Of course, she immediately lost the toy ring that was in there, probably behind the fish tank. Oh well. Teagan played with her new trinkets while enjoying her lollipop at the kitchen table.
Ashlin, on the other hand, was not as good with the dentist. She sat on my lap, and did not like the light, and cried when the dentist tried to look in her mouth. She asked the order that Ashlin’s teeth came in, and said that we needed to watch for the top front. There could be a problem if they weren’t in after a month and a half. That it’s not usual for teeth to come in out of order. She wasn’t too worried, as you can clearly see the bumps that are the nascent teeth, but we did need to keep an eye out. Dr. Google was no help, really.
Anyway, the dentist said that Ashlin doesn’t have the nice spacing between teeth – the few she has! – like her sister does. Hopefully that will fix itself, but it’s way too early, and too few teeth, to worry about.
Next appointment is in six months.