Ugh, the dentist. I really dislike going to the dentist so I haven't been too keen on taking Anna. But when I saw that Gabrielle went and she wasn't even 2, it got me working on it. I checked the Peachhead LA message board for some dentist suggestions. I had asked my pediatrician for a rec but the dentist she gave me turned out to be the biggest practice in Santa Monica and I usually don't care for places like that. Plus I learned on the message boards that this big practice won't bill your insurance - you pay cash and then you have to do all the paperwork. F that noise folks. So I found a reasonable seeming practice and made an appointment.
For about a week, I've been talking up the dentist to Anna and how big girls go there. Today, it was finally time to go. We stopped by the zoo this morning first, to get the day going on a positive note.
Zoo went well. Then it was time to do it. We were the only people in the dentist waiting room, which was a plus. They had a big bus toy thing to play with and a movie on. When the hygienist called us, Anna didn't want to go in because the waiting room was so fun. We finally got her in to the office and into the chair. I was feeling nervous but trying not to show it. The hygienist put on Mickey Mouse clubhouse on a TV mounted on the ceiling and put Anna all the way back in the chair. I sat on a chair near her and rubbed her leg. The hygienist let her pick the flavor of polish and then polished her teeth. Then she flossed her teeth a bit and put on some fluoride foam. The dentist came and checked her teeth and that was it.
Anna didn't want to leave the chair because she was still watching Mickey Mouse but we pried her away with the promise of a sticker and a prize. They had a whole bucket of cheap plastic toys which Anna LOVES and she took her time picking her prize - a camouflage jet fighter plane. Awesome. She also picked a T-Rex sticker. Then we left. The whole appointment probably took about 10 minutes. We are supposed to return every 6 months. I think I can do that.
I leave you with a picture of what Anna's face looked like when I picked her up from school yesterday, as well as a painting she made that they sent home with me. I can't tell you how great it is to have Anna at a school where they actually give parents the art for FREE (not like our last place).