Pierce has been going to the dentist since he was 2 years old. So for 2 years now we've gone every 6 months. We started early because Pierce had severe acid reflux the first 3 years of his life. He had numerous appointments with specialists, tests, and medicines. It was a long road, but he is mostly past all that, and has been free from medicines for over a year now.
Anyhow, the first four times Pierce went to the dentist, he wouldn't allow them to do anything other than peek at his teeth and count them.
This time, he did allow the cleaning of teeth, but he was very nervous and jittery the whole time. He also wouldn't sit for the x-rays, so they didn't happen.
They gave him some cool shades to wear so the light wouldn't be in his eyes.
He looked so funny I had to sneak a picture:
Unfortunately, Pierce did have one cavity. We are on well water, so this isn't too surprising (the twins are on fluoride drops, but for some reason they weren't prescribed for Pierce). The cavity is behind one of his front teeth. The dentist said that because it's a baby tooth, it doesn't have to be filled - it's optional. Based on his jitteriness at the dentist, I decided to wait and see on the tooth. The dentist said to limit sugary foods, which we do anyhow, but I'm going to make an effort to start brushing his teeth after breakfast every morning, since he loves his waffles. In another 6 months, we'll either see that the cavity hasn't gotten any worse, and maybe it won't need filling. Or, if it has, perhaps Pierce will be a little more capable of sitting still for more than two seconds.
Got any good tips for youngsters with dentist anxiety?