There are so many firsts to be excited about, first dentist appointment probably isn’t up there, however I was kind of excited to see how many teeth he has…why would you be excited by that I hear you ask? Because the end of teething could be upon us! Ahhhhhhhh you say with a nod and understanding.
Anyway, so the first thing they made me do, because he was a new patient, was fill out 10 million forms – are they serious! Luckily he decided to keep still and tip out the contents of the change bag while I was busy writing at the speed of light.
The dentist lady was very nice, she made us both feel comfortable and said that the important thing for him was to be comfortable and happy there and that if she cannot see inside his mouth this time, it doesn’t really matter…phew I thought (because secretly, our practise runs of “Nate open wide” hadn’t been going too well).
He sat on my lap and she carefully lifted his lip up slightly to take a peek, after a couple of tries she got a fairly good look and said they looked healthy and that he has at least 16, maybe 18 teeth, so perhaps only 2 more then he is done! Nice 🙂 She said normally at his age they only have about 10-12 teeth, so he is advanced. (Well he did get his first tooth at 4 months).
Nate was very well behaved, even though he was obviously scared. He was more afraid when they looked in my mouth and used the tools that were noisy, but the book they left out for him on “choo choo trains” kept him sat like a good boy on his own whilst she checked out my teeth.
I found this useful tooth chart:
A couple of things she noted to me, was: no fluoride in toothpaste (or very low) until after age 2, brush their teeth (for them) twice per day, and obviously limit sweets, chocolate and cakes. I could proudly say that we never give him any of those currently. Not because I am being ‘mean mummy’ but because he has his whole life to eat and enjoy naughty treats, right now, he prefers fruit (which is possibly no better for teeth, but is healthier) so we are enjoying giving him all the fruit he wants.