Last week, on the 6th, Avery crossed another “first” off her list. She had her first dentist’s visit! It was basically a very quick practice run, but I’m counting it!
At Jeremy’s last appointment, our dentist suggested we bring Avery to the next check up. I was a little surprised that they wanted to see a 2-year-old, but I guess it never hurts to get them used to the dentist’s office and what goes on.
That morning I tried to get her to watch some YouTube videos about going to the dentist. She seemed curious during the first one. I asked her questions to make sure she knew what was going on. She liked the “big chair” and the “little mirror” that goes in your mouth.
Then she wanted nothing to do with the next video and yelled, “No dentist!” Great. Thankfully one of the suggested videos was an episode of Peppa Pig where they visit the dentist. Perfect. Avery happily watched that one 3 times. She liked the idea of the dentist again.
When we got to the office they had Jeremy sit in the chair and Avery watched what was going on. The hygienist gave Avery her own gloves and mask to wear. Avery thought that was the coolest thing. And she was really good about explaining to Avery what she was doing and when something would make a noise. Avery lost interest in the whole thing after a few minutes. So I had to bribe her to sit still with stickers.
When the dentist came in Avery had a little fit. I’m pretty sure it was because the hygienist called her “doctor.” Avery probably thought she was getting a shot.
After Jeremy finished, Avery took a turn in the chair.
She loved going up and down. She also got to look at the bright overhead light. She didn’t really want to have the little mirror in her mouth though. So I’m not sure how well she’s going to do when we bring her in for her first cleaning. They told us they think she will do fine. So we shall see.
She got a new Monsters Inc toothbrush and one of those squishy toys that sticks to the wall. So overall I think she liked the dentist.