When Holly was little(er) and I took her to the Dentist for the first time, she completly freaked out. She didn’t want to open her mouth because she was scared they were going to hurt her. We have one of the nicest dental hygenist and she has twins the same age as Holly so she knew exactly how to handle children.
But it didn’t work, Holly wanted nothing to do with it.
Fast forward 3 years and she still doesn’t like the Dentist and I make Steve take her because she tries to run out of the room. It’s rather amusing and stressful all at the same time.
And then there is Allison………….
Allison has always been pretty easy going, not afraid of anything really. She is shy, but not really afraid.
The first time I took her to the Dentist she had her iPod with her and was singing and dancing to Bon Jovi (she loves Bon Jovi songs!). When it was her turn, she jumped up onto the chair and giggled because she was excited to finally have her teeth counted.
She opened her mouth wide.
She let Janine count every single tooth and even touch them a little with her tools.
She let Dr. Matt count every single tooth and also touch them a little.
All the while she giggled and smiled and had one heck of a good ole time.
Everyone in the office was so impressed and amazed at how well she did. And she did just as good the second time too! Only this visit we found a cavity that needed filing. I wasn’t too worried as I knew that Allison would handle it well so I made the appointment when I could take her back, not Steve.
She got her tooth filled and off we went. She giggled before, during and after they were done. (they gave her a little laughing gas but I don’t think she even needed it).
Then a few weeks later, the filling fell out. So back to the Dentist.
The picture above was taken right before they came in to re-fill her cavity. They didn’t have to do too much since it was already drilled so no laughing gas for her. She was disappointed as she wanted to wear the ‘pig nose’ again, but she got over it pretty quickly.
She opened up nice and wide for Dr. Matt.
She giggled before, during and after the re-fill. That was it. SUPER SIMPLE.
Parenting doesn’t always have to be hard 🙂