So another milestone is passed.
Jet went to his first dentist visit yesterday.
Now, some parents might disagree, and some might agree, I actually more or less subscribe to the fact that my little fler is more intelligent than he lets on, so for discipline I generally go the route of reasoning as opposed to taking a huge stick and beating him into submission, which might constitute abuse, but you know, my dad was raised like that and he’s still pretty cool. My dad to me, however, was to lecture me to submission. In fact during punishment, I remember clearly I would look wistfully at the big rotan and wished he would just whack me with it and let me go as opposed to have me standing there in the ‘lecture’ room for half hour to an hour (to a kid, standing still for that long is worse than middle ages torture). I can promise you, that lecture nonsense was a brilliant move. I never wanted to go out of line again. I would stare, I recall, at his belt buckle the whole time and listen to my dad go on about discipline, responsibility etc. I was around 5 or 6 I think.
So anyways back to Jet. We went to the dentist The Tooth Doctor, on recommendation from our doctor. They are located at Dataran 3 Two at Section 19/1. Actually more familiar landmarks will be around the Jaya area, the old mosque and Toyota showroom. Just google them.
Anyway, he went in and everything started ok, he brushed his teeth, thought it was a game. We went because he had these unsightly teeth stains for some time now, and we were worried it could be caries or something. Till recently I just thought Carries was a diaper brand. Apparently it’s a tooth disease that might carry risks of tooth decay and cavities. It sounds scary. So we set up an appointment and we ended up in his first dentist visit.
The hardest part was to convince him to sit on the chair. He is a strong kid, so it’s no longer an option to hold him down because he will start kicking and yelling. So, mum sat on the chair, we put on his favourite video on the iphone of himself dancing to Jackson 5 song, and soothed him enough for the doctor to have a look at his teeth.
First, she said it was just stains from eating fruits like blueberry etc. She also asked about our diet for him – and yes, we do allow him to snack a lot. And snacks range from small biscuits, to oreos, to ice cream to cream crackers to iron-man cereal (nutrigrain). She cautioned it would be better to eat these (fruits etc) right after a meal as opposed to 2 hours after the meal, to ensure the acidity of the mouth is stabilised. Also, strangely she said for kids, it might be a better option to give small bits of savoury chips as opposed to sugar loaded nutrigrains or cornflakes. Best option – non sugar cream crackers. Darn, we’ve been feeding this kid wrong.
Anyways, back to the dentist experience. So mum sat with him, and the doctor began brushing away the stains with a rotary brush like our electric toothbrush, just much softer and smaller. It worked for the main part but he had some really stubborn stains built up in there which she had to either scale (for a 3 year old, not possible), or manually get it out. I guess that was when he freaked out after the strawberry brushing ended.
We managed to get about 80% of the stain out but we still had more before he just gave up and escaped mum and ran off.
Knowing my kid, he will need a few visits to the same dentist before he gets used to the environment. We need another bout with him, so we have another appointment set up with him and my wife in 2 weeks.
Meantime, I took his session and got my scaling and polishing done. Good dentist!