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?