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A Toddler's Trip to the Dentist

By marylweimer |

My kids love looking at the fish in the dentist's waiting room!

One of the greatest joys of parenthood is seeing my children smile. Even on bad days their happy grins make everything seem a little better.

I try to keep those smiles healthy and looking great by scheduling regular dental exams and teaching them how to care for their teeth.

A great way to teach young children about oral health is by having them tag along with older siblings to the dentist’s office.

My 3 year old and I accompanied her older brother to a recent check up. Besides having fun on this little outing, my daughter got to see up close what going to the dentist is all about. Since she has her first appointment soon, I think it’ll help her know what to expect in what could otherwise be a stressful situation.

After we headed back to the exam area my toddler got the lay of the land. I showed her how the dentist’s chair moves up and down, and the neato sink where patients rinse during check ups.

She was fascinated during her brother’s cleaning, and the sweet dental hygienist was great with her!

 She learned all about the importance of brushing, flossing, and rinsing from our dentist. We talked about our routine at home: brushing after breakfast and before bed, using their fun flossers regularly, and for my oldest child, rinsing with Listerine Smart Rinse (he loves the Phineas and Ferb Bubble Blast flavor!).

It was a great way to reinforce what we’re doing at home to prevent cavities.

 After her brother’s cleaning she hopped in the chair with him, and she even got to pick a toy from the treasure chest! She’s excited about her appointment that’s coming up, and I’m so glad she has an idea of what she can expect.

Has your toddler had his or her first dental appointment? How’d it go?

Mary Lauren Weimer is a social worker turned mother turned writer. Her blog, My 3 Little Birds, encourages moms to put down the baby books for a moment and tell their own stories. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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I received products from Johnson & Johnson as part of my participation in the LISTERINE® Kids Cavity-Free School Year Program. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own. Click here to see more of the discussion.

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Mary Lauren Weimer is a freelance writer and blogger. Her work has appeared in such places as Spirituality & Health and The Huffington Post, and she’s known for her thoughtful and introspective writing about all aspects of motherhood and the parent-child relationship.

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7 thoughts on “A Toddler's Trip to the Dentist

  1. marie hunt says:

    this is such a great way to prepare your younger kids for the dentist! now you’ll have it easy when she has her first visit

  2. georgiapeach says:

    these pictures are adorable!

  3. Michelle says:

    Awww….they look so well-behaved sitting there! :)

  4. Wendi says:

    It’s great to see that they’re not afraid! SO important to set a good precedent going forward!

  5. Michaela says:

    Still remember my first trip to the dentist! He had a tiny chair and I got a toothbrush to keep in his office and one to take home. I definitely looked forward to going back after such a good experience.

  6. emily says:

    our first visits to the dentist have always been a “get to know you” comfort visit where we just check out the place, ride the chair, and see how very nice the dentist is. I’ve decided this works wonders, and totally sets up the “real” visit for success.

  7. marinka says:

    So adorable! Yes, my kids both had dental check ups when they were 2 and there was so much going on in the dentist’s office- sunglasses for the light! different flavors of fluoride to choose from! that it was very exciting for them. I think it’s so important to get the kids to the dentist for a routine visit, before there’s a cavity or anything ouchy, so that they don’t associate the dentist with pain and discomfort and see it more as routine.

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