Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Brusha, Brusha, Brusha, new Ipana toothpaste....

So Bug and I went to the dentist yesterday. He went first...and did AWESOME! The Dental Hygienist, Tina, is really great with kids. She gave him sunglasses to wear and a squishy baseball to squeeze. And gave him lots of choices...tropical fruit paste or cherry or grape or watermelon. And then fluoride...strawberry, mint, banana, etc. And then pick a toothbrush...Diego, Shrek, Spongebob, etc. It was truly a wonderful experience and Bug was such a big boy. (Compared to his last visit 6 months ago with all kinds of screaming and crying.) Unfortunately, he does have some cavities, despite my having taken over the Bedtime Brushing EVERYNIGHT for the last six months. So we are going to have to go visit a Pediatric Dentist, his regular dentist, Dr. D, made it very clear (at that first and very traumatic appt. six months ago) that he wouldn't be taking care of his cavities, "Yes, I see some cavities forming here...But we won't take care of those here." Uh, okay. Thanks for being our family dentist. But actually, I understand that it is a better experience for kids to get dental work with a Pediatric Dentist who can give them laughing gas and make it a more pleasant experience. Dr. D is not a really "friendly" dentist. He literally makes his appearance the last 30 seconds of any dental visit and barely speaks to his hygienist, let alone the actual patient. Quite strange. I had a great dentist when I lived in Springfield, IL - Dr. Tanya DeSanto. She actually talked to me and expressed an interest in my questions and health. I totally recommend her to everyone. As for a local Pediatric Dentist, I've heard good things about Dr. Chifan Cheng. So I need to make him an appointment....hopefully, this one will go as well as yesterday's.

4 comments:

Leeanthro said...

We see Dr. Vicki Hemann who is in the same office as Dr. Cheng. We've known her for years and love her.

Their office is so kid friendly and we've had great experiences. We have taken our older child there since she turned 1. And now that our son finally has teeth, I am going to schedule his first check up.

I would totally recommend going to that office.

Quigs78 said...

Hmm...Bubba is 2, and PG is going to be 1 next month. Should they be going to the dentist?

Some say when they cut their first tooth; some say when they're 3...

Lavender Lemonade said...

leeanthro- Thanks for the info, its good to know that its a kid-friendly place, I'm afraid this might be a "not so fun" experience for Bug. So anything that makes it better is great.

quigs- Yeah, I think it depends on the kid and how well they sit. Unfortunately, as soon as kids start getting teeth and drinking/eating things other than breastmilk I think they are at risk for getting cavities/tooth problems. But most kids won't tolerate some stranger poking around in their mouth until closer to three years old. (and even then its questionable, but probably necessary for most)

Looseyfur said...

We go to Dr. Gregg Rose over off of Mattis. Xander has seen him since he was six months old due to his head structural issues... when I was pregnant, my adult dentist said 3 years old, Quigs.

But we'll just keep taking X-man to Dr. Rose. The dude is awesome with kids.