Liam’s first visit to the dentist

I decided it was time to finally bring Liam to the dentist. I had always been told unless something was wrong there is not reason to bring them before the age of 2 however I learn that the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children visit the dentist by the age of 12 months, or when the first tooth appears, so we were a little behind since Liam will be 3 in September. But, better late than never!

I asked around for a few recommendations and landed on St Croix Kidds Pediatric Dentistry in Hudson. I was told really good things about it and was hopeful we would have a good experience.

Liam was excited to go. Joe had a dentist appt that day too so Liam thought it was pretty neat that him and Dad were both going to the dentist on the same day.

We have had many discussions about the dentist and that she is really nice and that she will look at his teeth and clean his teeth. He seemed to understand.

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When we got inside the waiting area was perfect. There were all kinds of toys and movies playing. Liam had fun “fishing.”

Then it was our turn to go back. Liam suddenly wasn’t so sure but was taking it all in. We put him in the chair and the dental assistant laid it down. Liam was reluctant to lay down with the chair but still did it. However, he refused to open his mouth and let her look.

We decided to wait for our dentist, Dr. Darcy. While waiting the dental assistant gave Liam a new tooth brush and some toys to play with.

When the dentist came she had Liam sit on my lap. She then sat across from me and put a board on her lap for Liam to lay back on but still be in my lap. He laid down and let her look at all his teeth. He didn’t seem like he wanted her to but he didn’t resist or get upset. He was perfect.

She said his teeth looked great and no cavities. Yay! She did say he looked a little tongue-tied and that we would keep an eye on that. She asked if it seemed to interfere with anything at this time and I didn’t believe it did because his speech is great and he seems fine with eating. She stated sometimes it doesn’t interfere right away but later in life causes problems so we will just keep an eye on it.

After Liam was done he got to pick out a toy and put his name in a drawing for the “no cavity club.” They also gave him a color changing cup and a goodie bag.

Overall it was a really great experience and I am so glad we chose St. Croix Kidds!

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