Our dentist asked us to bring Elizabeth in to our next few appointments so that when it's Elizabeth's turn for her first cleaning she'll be familiar with the process, the location and the people.
So today Elizabeth went to the dentist for the first time. We had to wake her from her nap. This worried us, but turned out to be a blessing in disguise since she was sleepy enough to sit quietly on Daddy's lap during the entire time that Mommy's teeth were being cleaned.
The hygienist explained what she was doing at every step and Elizabeth was very interested. "Now I'm washing Mommy's teeth." "Now I'm tickling them with my tooth-tickler" (electric toothbrush) "Now I'm using my special vaccuum"
Once my teeth were clean, Elizabeth sat on my lap and got a "ride" on the special chair. Then she opened her mouth wide and did some pretend eating for the dentist who took a quick peek at her teeth and bite. The focus was on creating a positive first experience so everything was very low key. Apparently her back molars are a little ahead of schedule, and she may have a slight overbite ("class II").
The dentist still doesn't recommend using toothpaste at this age.
We were strongly encouraged to brush and floss Elizabeth's teeth, so I was surprised that the dentist was surprised that we are actually doing this. I felt like reminding him that he had inflicted great pain on my mouth and wallet over the last few years. It's our goal to reduce Elizabeth's likelihood of knowing the joy of a root canal.
Elizabeth chose the shiny heart notepad to "coh-col" (colour) as her special prize, bypassing stamps, stickers and a princess tiara.