The forty-five dollar matchbox

November 12, 2008 at 8:14 pm (3 year olds, dentist) ()

I’ve heard/read everything across the board regarding “THE” age for your child’s first dental visit.  I went with the “around the time they turn 3” bit.  So for Evan, that visit was today!  We tried our best to prepare him – telling him the Dentist wanted to see how good he’s been cleaning his teeth, that he wanted to count & see how many he had and then of course we through some bribery in there too.

So this afternoon we loaded up with dinosaur in hand & took off for the dentist.   After a t.h.i.r.ty-m.i.n.u.t.e wait – sheesh – we  were taken back.  All was well in the world while Evan watched cartoons on the TV monitor & counted his teeth for the dentist, but then the unthinkable happened – the chair began to move!!  Up & back and Evan didn’t like either one of them.  As the Dentist was telling him all about his “helicopter” chair, Evan’s eyes got bigger & then slowly began to fill up with little tears.  There was absolute panic in his face – poor thing!  After a brief moment, and a two-minute check-up, we made it through with an “A-OK” report!  All teeth were in, clean & no decay!   So Evan was escorted to the treasure chest (I still remember the treasure chest when I was a kid!!) and I was escorted to the check-out. 

He picked out & was handed a matchbox car & I was handed a $45 bill!  Seems like a fair trade – huh?



  1. staci said,

    awwww….I can see those lips quiver and those eyes fill with tears! But at least everything was ok.

  2. Alicia said,

    Mandi, I am putting off this appt. as long as I can…..I can’t imagine what Madison is going to do!

  3. Staci E said,

    Stephen went right after he turned 3 and he actually went back with the receptionist by himself. I could hear everything but because he could not see me he seemed to do great. They took his picture with a big toothbrush ( a keepsake for the baby book) andgave him a toy from the treasure chest. Thankfully, everything was fine and he was not scarred for life:)

  4. ohamanda said,

    Oh, I’m kinda of dreading this. If Evan was crying, can you imagine Lydia?! *sigh*

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