Some are not a big fan of the men or women in white coats and face masks, but you couldn't help but love the people in the Southern Maine Pediatric Dental office. Abby's hygienist was really sweet, patient, and kind. I guess you have to be if you work with kids all day. It was clear from the moment you walked in everything was kid friendly.
Here's what welcomed us!
Inside was a gorgeous blend of blues, greens, and lots of fish, puzzles, and super fun stuff for kids. My favorite was the TV on the ceiling with earphones for distractions. Today's showing was of course Curious George. Who wouldn't want to work there??
Abby did just fine. A bit antsy at times and very squirmy at others. Especially when it was time to count the teeth and atempt to floss. Tim and I got an A-. Her teeth look great, enamel healthy and gums stellar. They are a little crowded, thanks to my small mouth, and were told to start saving for braces. Greeeat. Keelan recommended a toothpaste without flouride and with and to use a tiny dot, the size of pin head. Tiny. So, where did the (-) come from in the A-? Well, apparently gummy vitamins are a big no-no. Anything gummy - fruit strips, fruit snacks, etc really do a number on teeth. Tim and I use Little Critters vitamins since they are easy on the tummy and don't contain the fake sweeteners like some chewables have. We have a recommendation which would mean a trip to Trader Joe's. Sure, no problem!
We asked at what ages should kids start going to the dentist because of conflicting information out there. Some say one, some say three. She suggested 6 months after the first tooth comes up and usually by 1 year of age.
Not only did Abby get to visit a cool place and meet super friendly ladies, she left with loot! A new toothbrush, a sticker, a magic wand, and THIS! Absolutely fantastic! I showed her off to all my coworkers today.
LOVE! I hope Abby likes going to the dentist as much as I do. There's nothing like a mouth full of pearly whites! Even after the rounds of braces, spacers, and extractions she might have. Looks like we might have more nights of ice cream for dinner. Just don't tell Dr. Whitney.