My kids went to the dentist today..

United States
April 19, 2011 11:54am CST
I made an appointment for all 5 of the kids at the dentist today... took about 3 hours! Each child got a cleaning, the older 3 got x-rays and flouride treatments and all that fun stuff. I'm proud to announce there was not a single cavity found, yay! The only problem we found was that my oldest will probably need braces. Thankfully my insurance does cover that.. I just don't know how much of it will be covered by insurance and how much will be out of pocket.. but every little bit helps! The best part though was my youngest. Everyone was worried he'd be a problem.. He's never been to the dentist before.. he is just 3. He usually does fairly well for doctors and haircuts and such.. so I didn't think he'd be too much of a problem, but I couldn't be sure. The dentist definitely thought he'd be a problem. She kept telling me that if my son wouldn't let her look at his teeth.. she wouldn't push him because she doesn't want him to be afraid of dentists, she'd just do what she could to warm him up to the idea and that would be it. Well, I let him watch the 4 year old get his teeth cleaned.. and when the 4 year old was done, the youngest hopped right up in the chair ready to go! He wasn't afraid at all. He let the dentist do whatever she wanted.. she even cleaned and flossed his teeth! So proud of my little guy! Here's a pic I took of him right after he hopped up in the chair waiting for the dentist. How did your kids do on their first dentist visit?
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@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
26 Apr 11
A couple of weeks ago, just before I left my old job, I also brought my kids, and myself to the dentist. I wanted to get them through before I left the old job because I wouldn't be covered with any dental plans for another 3 months until I become 'regular' with the new job. My 5 year old had no cavities, but my 10 year old had some. And he got a scolding for not flossing his teeth regularly. Me too! They said we both had to floss everyday.
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• United States
26 Apr 11
Well I think it was very smart to get in now while you could. I think some people are more suseptible to cavities than others. I know my kids don't take perfect care of their teeth. They had a lot of tartar but no cavities and I'm thankful for that. I'm glad I got them in before they started getting cavities.
@GardenGerty (104026)
• United States
20 Apr 11
My kids seemed to like it okay. I have had good dentists, in my opinion. You did the right thing letting the three year old watch first. I am pleased the results were so great.
• United States
20 Apr 11
Even my 8 year old handled it okay.. and he had to have teeth pulled a couple years ago so I thought he would have freaked out when it was his turn.
• United States
20 Apr 11
My kids actually do pretty well at the dentist office. My 3yo did well at his first exam in Feb and got a small filling on Monday and did awsome... he did not even bat an eyelash as to what was going on at his second visit ever.
• United States
20 Apr 11
Wow that's amazing! I dread my kids ever needing a filling. A couple years ago my 8 year old needed 2 baby teeth pulled.. he was 6. It was torture.. he's afraid of dentists now. I wish I'd gone to this new dentist then, I think it would have been easier on him. That's why we've never gone back to that old dentist.
• United States
20 Apr 11
Yeah I guess if they had to have teeth pulled they'd think the same as well. Though my oldest did have to have silver caps put on two of her molars when I think she was 4-5ish that was not easy for her or me to get that done.
• United States
21 Apr 11
I know how dental work can feel like torture.. I know better than almost anyone.. so I can completely understand the fear! But I really like this dentist we brought our kids to.. they're really nice. I don't plan on switching dentists ever again! Even hubby likes the guy after getting a root canal.. so you know the guy is good!
@cream97 (29166)
• United States
21 Apr 11
Hi. katsmeow1213. This is very wonderful to hear about about your children teeth. My son went to the dentist on Monday and he did not have any cavities at all. My youngest daughter had to get four fillings in January because she had two tiny cavities on each side of her mouth and two down below. My oldest daughter had to get crowns/ caps on her back teeth. She had to get two done on each side. And two done on the other side of her mouth. These are her baby teeth, so she will eventually lose these same four teeth. The dentist placed the caps on her teeth because she did not want them to decay any worse. I am not at all happy with this, but I know that it is for her own benefit. If I did not let her get the caps/crowns done then her teeth will become worse and it could cause her extreme pain and her teeth will shift and not grow properly. It also will affect her speech too. I wished that my kids did not have any cavities at all. My son, saved me the stress on Monday when I found out that he does not have any cavities. It seems like my girls get cavities so much more faster than he does. It really bothers me, because I help them brush their teeth and I make sure that they don't eat so much of sweets or candy too. I am very cautious when it comes to their health. But yet, I still feel bad about the results that has came about after my daughters went to the dentist. I am glad that they have went a couple of years before they got cavities. I am glad to know that all five of your kids dental appointment went exceptionally well! You are a great mom!
• United States
21 Apr 11
That's awful. I hope none of my kids ever have to deal with cavities.. at least not until they're much much older. I didn't get my first cavity until after I was 16. Even then I hated having them filled!
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@cream97 (29166)
• United States
21 Apr 11
Yes, it is very awful. I feel so bad about it. You have no idea how crushed that I had felt when I had to let my girls get their teeth done for the filling and the crowns/caps. My youngest daughter came out of the dentist room and she looked so pitiful. My heart was so broken. I could tell that they numbed her as she was getting this procedure done too. I consented that they put her on the Paddy Wack as she was getting her teeth filled. She came back into the waiting room and played on the playground with the other kids. As soon as she came home, she fell asleep peacefully. I could tell that she was exhausted from getting this procedure done to her mouth. She is doing fine now though. My oldest daughter has to go to the dentist tomorrow and I know that I will not be able to stand to see her get any more dental work done. This will be her last two caps that she will have placed on her baby teeth. I am glad that her caps will be on the backside of her mouth. No one can see them, not unless she opens up her mouth and leans her head all the way to the back. You are right, it is an awful experience to ever go through. I never thought that this would have happened to my own kids, not in a million of years! I did not have any cavities until I was an older teen too. Or at least in my early 20s. I feel so bad to see my kids get dental work done at such a young age. A dentist assistant told me that sometimes it is just hard for someone to keep from getting cavities even if they brush or floss. I also heard from another dentist assistant that some people are just more susceptible and prone to having dental cavities than some other person will be.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
22 Apr 11
Now, I'll admit that I've never taken my little one to the dentist because of the fact that I have a terrible fear of dentists. So, he will have to go when his daddy is able to take him. But, at least I'm about 95% sure that he doesn't have any cavities. With my older one, she was four the first time that she went to the dentist because she had a pretty nasty cavity. They ended up having to fix that on her first visit and I thought that it would be traumatizing to her. However, it wasn't because she got prizes at the end. Besides that, my best friend worked at that office and Kathryn was really close to Reesee. Well, a couple years later that filling came out and she needed a replacement and we went to a different dentist. With the second dentist, he said she needed all kinds of dental work done (including pulling all of her baby teeth at six years old because she has a small mouth). Now it takes an act of God to get her to go to the dentist because she is afraid they will hurt her. We didn't have the baby teeth pulled, but the prospect of it scared her.
• United States
23 Apr 11
I like this dentist very much and we will continue to go there from here on out!
@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
22 Apr 11
All my kids have done really good with going to the dentist also. For my son's first appointment I booked it at the same time as his sister's so he could watch them first. He was 3 also. It was really cute. He sat there and watched his sister's go and just talked the dentist's ear off. He started getting excited for his turn and kept asking if she was done yet. He all but pulled her out of the chair so he could climb up and get started. He did so well.
• United States
22 Apr 11
That's great! Hopefully it stays that way for all of them.
21 Apr 11
I haven't got any kids so I haven't got to worry about taking them to any dentist! Lol However, I, on the other hand hate going to the dentist and am scared stiff! I am not quite sure why but, think it is because the dentist hurt me a little when I was younger and I am a big baby and hate any type of pain! Haha
• United States
21 Apr 11
Going to the dentist is a scary thought for anyone.. not just the pain but also the costs! Heck, I don't even have any teeth anymore but I've still put off a much needed dental visit.. I worry about lectures too. My teeth were always awful and most dentists gave me that lecture of how I'm supposed to take care of my teeth. One dentist took one look at my mouth and says "Oh, you're a soda drinker aren't you? Well you need to give that stuff up!". Thankfully my kids' new dentist did not really lecture. My older 3 had a big tartar problem.. but she didn't lecture us about taking care of the teeth.. she just advised me to get some tartar control toothpaste or rinse and obviously bring them back every 6 months.
@AmbiePam (50257)
• United States
20 Apr 11
I'm always glad to hear people with dental insurance use it! Of course the copays are never fun. But as a person who hasn't had dental insurance in more than a decade - like I said, I'm glad to hear people use it. I wish everyone would. Especially with their kids. Good for you for being diligent in taking care of your children's dental needs. I had a friend once who was twelve and had never been to a dentist. And her parents did indeed have dental insurance. And they were not poor by a long shot. You've talked about your financial issues, and you still found a way to take care of your kids.
• United States
20 Apr 11
This year we've put our dental insurance to really good use! I used up my limit.. hubby got a root canal last month.. and now we might be getting braces for the oldest!! The other kids are looking good and won't be needing to see the dentist again for 6 months!
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
19 Apr 11
What a doll! And he certainly didn't look scared! My kids all did just fine with their first visit! Better then they did at other "firsts"....my one daughter had hair down below her waist...her first haircut was a nightmare!
• United States
20 Apr 11
My oldest was the only one who ever gave me problems with hair cuts, and that didn't stop.. ever! He still gives me problems with haircuts, but now instead of the screaming and needing to be held down.. now it's just arguments and attitude.
@bunnybon7 (37645)
• Holiday, Florida
19 Apr 11
what a cute little guy. You have the right idea. you have learned by motherhood with the older ones that letting them watch what goes on helps a lot. especially when the older ones know to act well about it so he will not be afraid. it always works. my youngest daughter never even cried with shots because of watching the older ones. also, the younger ones never was afraid of the dentist because of that to.
• United States
20 Apr 11
Most of my kids are pretty brave all on their own.. but it might be because they know their older siblings are going through the same thing and not being hurt, so it's okay for them.
@shaggin (38482)
• United States
14 May 11
Aww what a cutie pie. When I took my daughter at 2 years old to the dentist he literally just looked in her mouth and said things looked good and didnt clean her teeth. She was more then willing to let him do it but he told us they dont clean them until they are older unless there appears to be a problem then they will fill cavities etc. I just had my daughter to the dentist for the first time about a month back. Shes 6 and she didnt have any cavities at all. They said her teeth are perfect so I'm hopeful she wont need braces someday. Mine were like that when I was young then when I got to be in my teen years I got a deep bite and wound up needing braces because my teeth were getting loose and going to fall out. They were nice and straight just my bite was deep.
• United States
19 Apr 11
My son is two and i need to take him to the dentist..lol but i know he will not sit still for even a minute.