Bubbie had his first dentist appointment today. When I called to make the appointment I told them I was being referred for possible tartar on his bottom four teeth.
The dentist office told me they would make him a cleaning appointment for the same day so that if he needed it they would be ready.
I said, "Your going to clean his teeth???" in total disbelief.
Now this is a kid that I have a hard time changing his diaper (and I am fast), how are they going to get him to sit to have his teeth cleaned.
So I asked.
I was informed that if he could not sit in the chair alone that he would have to sit in my lap and I would hold him while they cleaned his teeth. Unbeknownst to them I am 8.5 months pregnant and no longer have a lap.
I accept the appointment and then call G.
I tell him about the cleaning and inform him he will be the one holding him down for the ordeal. I think he was a little worried about it, he seemed really nervous on our way there. I asked what was wrong, he said "we can't hold him down for a diaper, how am I going to hold him to get his teeth cleaned?"
Well, let me just say, Paediatric dentist and hygienist are a special breed of people that are really good at what they do.
First off the waiting room at the office was awesome and so kid friendly, I could have waited and hour with Bubbie in that waiting room. Of course they are also fast so we waited say 10 mins max.
The dentist was so nice and great with Bubbie, he even sat on his lap. Momma's boy went to another person, G and I looked at each other in disbelief.
When they went to clean his teeth they put his head on their lap and the rest of his body on G's lap with his legs around his waist and G held his arms. He protested but it wasn't as bad as we thought. He did not once try to bite the hygienist and after a bit started to settle down. They actually used all the same instruments that they use on adults, those sharp metal ones. She even polished his teeth and gave him a fluoride treatment.
In the end he did awesome and he had his pearly whites back. We got some great advise on brushing and flossing and go back in 6 months for a check up.
After his night time bottle last night we got out his new toothbrush, which he picked out and we assumed the position. We got a good brushing in with out to much fuss.
Hopefully that will continue and we will prevent any issues.
How knew you had to do so much, I always thought you only had to feed and change them *wink*!