Alex had his first teeth cleaning this morning. My schmuffin is growing up! He was really scared to go (I know a lot of adults who still hate the dentist!). But he did great, and didn't fuss or cry once we actually got inside (though the protestations were quite loud on the way there).
My hygienist Kris said that at his age it's hit or miss if the kid will even open their mouth. But my Alex bravely sat there, did everything he was told, and took it like a champ! He was told he's doing a good job brushing (though we're really still the ones doing the brushing - he wants to chew on the toothbrush more than actually brush). Since he didn't have any cavities (or even any plaque), he got to put his star on the board and be entered in the drawing for a toy penguin that's almost as tall as he is!
When we got in the car to leave he proudly told me that there's nothing to be scared of - it didn't even hurt! I think that part of why it was such a positive experience had to do with the cool new toothbrush and yellow plastic lizard he got. Oh, also the stamp on his hand, the cool sunglasses he wore while she was cleaning (to keep him from looking directly into the bright light), and the huge fish tank in the waiting room complete with Nemo and Dory. With all the fun, I think he forgot that he even got his teeth cleaned!
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