I also didn't agree with some of the information I was given, like "braces on baby teeth" or "drug sedation for the next cleaning", rather than behavior modification. Most of all, I didn't like the immediate change in attitude when the dentist found out my mother, who went with me for the second visit, was a physician. Can you tell that last one is a pet peeve of mine?
Luckily Lance and I were on the same page and I'm so glad we stuck to our guns. We decided to seek out a different pediatric dental practice for her 6 month follow up and boy, am I glad we did! It was like night and day. I'm sure the fact that she's 6 months older made a difference, but what I think made the most difference was the way the medical practice itself was structured. Everything, and I mean everything there, was geared toward easing children's fears. Every person that I came in contact with was so very friendly and courteous.
Grace is all about the Disney Princesses these days so imagine her excitement when we walked in to a "princess castle"! She wasted no time finding a friend and together they played babies and castle for a while. When it was time to go back for the cleaning, Grace was calm and ready. She lucked out and had THE nicest hygienist, Ms. Ameesha. Ms. Ameesha let her see all the tools and knew how to talk princesses with her. She let her pick out her toothpaste (strawberry) and conditioning foam (bubble gum, if I remember correctly). When it was time to lie back, she gave Grace "magical sunglasses". And knowing Grace didn't have a great first experience at the other dentist, she suggested I sit right by the little pumpkin and hold her hand. Checking for plaque with the hook instrument was "counting teeth". When Grace clenched her mouth, Ms. Ameesha helped her relax by saying "Don't bite me. I don't taste good." So thankful for people who are great with kids! Grace did SO WELL!!! She even flashed a "Hi, Mom" a time or two :) Showing off her "sparkly princess teeth". And when it was time for Grace to see the dentist, what a difference! Doctor Shannon was super nice! Not only was her demeanor caring and professional, but she explained things easily and answered all my questions. She won the little pumpkin over from the start when she asked to see her princess teeth :). You could tell she was knowledgeable and up to date in the field of pediatric dentistry. Most importantly, the information she gave made sense. Absolutely no need for baby braces or sedation. Even she raised an eyebrow at the thought of braces on baby teeth.
I'm so glad that we found a caring, child-friendly pediatric dental practice. One that cares about a child's experience, and not about unnecessary, money-making medical procedures. Thank you Heidi for the referral!
Way to go Grace!!! We're so proud of you for behaving so well!
And YES! Your teeth are as sparkly as Princess Aurora and Sleeping Beauty (the PINK princesses) ;)