First Dentist Appointment
This morning I took Stellan for his first-ever dentist appointment. Since he “eats” the majority of his food via his g-tube, I didn’t feel I needed to be too concerned with taking him in right on his 2nd birthday, but I noticed what looked like a tiny bit of plaque in his upper molars when I was brushing his teeth a few weeks ago and thought it might be time.
Stellan loves having his teeth brushed, so it’s easy for us to do it and fun for him, but I wasn’t sure how he’d do at the dentist, since he’s not the best at opening or closing his mouth on command. Frankly, when we want him to close it he tends to open it, and once he closes it, you just have to be glad there’s nothing important in there (like your finger) since you might not get it back. He has also been grinding his teeth more lately, which worries me and makes my skin crawl.
So off to to the dentist we went, all the way on the Upper East Side. This particular dentist was recommended by our pediatrician because I wanted to go to someone who was comfortable with special needs cases, and any concerns I may have had were immediately alleviated when we walked in the door. The staff was lovely (and plentiful!) and the dentist himself was so kind and caring with Stellan, I could’ve cried with relief.
And Stellan himself handled the whole thing like a champ, even if he did get mad when they had to put a little something in his mouth to keep it open while they did the cleaning. But the whole thing took less than 15 minutes. These people are pros. Stellan cruised out of there with not only a new toothbrush and all sorts of other fun dentistry things (and some for Zoe too!), but also a balloon, stickers, toys… It was like dental Christmas. And he even got to check out PacMan for the first time, since they have arcade games in the waiting room.
Best of all, his pearly whites are just that. No problems, nothing to worry about, so just another visit in six months. By then he should have some shiny new molars to show off.