Monday, August 23, 2010

1st Dental Visit

Brookston had his first dental visit today! I'd say it was pretty successful and a great kid environment. He went to a pediatric place that is very kid friendly. Normally parents do not go back, but because it was his first time, they said I could come see and stay if I'd like. Out of curiosity I did and also a little selfishly, Kaisley was having more fun in the dental room/play area, then in the waiting room! :)

Anyway, when you first walk in there's a tooth brushing station. They want the kids to brush on their own (even though I always help out before or after his turn), but they want to assess what level they are on and how they are doing, then give the child tips and things to work on. He got a new tooth brush, kids toothpaste and a blue timer that shows how long he "should" brush! :)

Then, on to the dental area. There are probably 8 or so chairs all in an open area with tons of activities all around for the kids too. Brookston's favorite was the basketball hoop and waterfall. They start off letting the kids play, so not to torture them by going in the chair first thing when seeing all of the fun stuff. So, he got to play around...Kaisley following and enjoying as well. The lady said they give them at least 5 minutes, but it was more like 20..which got a little old for mama, but at least it's entertaining!

I mentioned ahead of time that I was starting to worry about the yellowing of Brookston's teeth, even though he rarely drinks juice and has limited candy and so on. But, more recently, I realized we were still using toddler training toothpaste, and maybe it was time to switch to kids toothpaste! The dental hygienist had the dentist talk to me for a minute before hand and said yes, start using kids toothpaste and that it was probably just normal build up on his teeth. He said the cleaning today would take care of it.

Boy was he right...Brookston's teeth are now SPARKLING white after seriously a 2 1/2 minute cleaning by his super speedy dental hygienist! It was quick!!!! Followed by flossing and some stuff run across his teeth. Brookston was not a fan of the cleaning. You could tell he was uncomfortable and he was boarderline crying, but he sat there, mouth open, and when he was done you could tell he was proud! About half way through I thought it may be the noise (he's quite sensitive to loud things), so I suggested to him to cover his ears, so he did and I think it helped. One bad thing about being there watching though was Kaisley saw Brookston crying and she did not like that one bit! She was worried for him!

Then, he got to play again while he waited for his turn for the dentist to see him. When the dentist came by, he counted Brookston's teeth (20), looked around and said he looked great! He commented that he has WODNERFUL spacing between his teeth and that he will most likely never have spacing issues...let's hope! :) Although apparently it's somewhat genetic for teeth to fall out late and mama had to have a baby tooth pulled at 17 years, he thought he should probably mark that in his chart...nice! :)

I didn't take any pictures, but they did take a picture of Brookston and made this little card for his first visit!

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