Today, we went to your very first dental check up. I picked you up from preschool early, and I left Joseph with daddy.
Before your visit:
You were a little bit frightened in the car on the way from the CDC to the dentist, because you were afraid you would get a shot at your visit.
“I don’t like check-ups” you said.
I assured you there would be no shots, and we sang the Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood song together about what we’ll do at the dentist.
When we do something new. . . let’s talk about what we’ll do. . .
1. Waiting Room.
2. Big chair.
3. Meet the dentist.
4. Count and clean your teeth.
5. You’ll swish and spit in a little sink. . .
. . . and then you’ll get a special “thank you” from the dentist, and we’ll head home!
You were such a big girl, and you were on your very best behavior. Ms. Ellen at the front desk told me that she loved your smile and your nice manners. You played with the toys in the waiting room, and cleaned them up when it was time to go get your teeth cleaning.
What fine teeth you have!
Dr. Breslin said that your teeth are doing very well. They’re clean and straight, and strong.
“You must work very hard with your mommy and daddy, brushing and taking care of your teeth! They look awesome!” He said.
I was nervous that you would be too scared to let Dr. Breslin into your mouth. But you were so patient and listened so well, and you weren’t scared at all!
You held still, listened to all the directions Dr. Breslin gave you, and giggled at all his silly voices. He did an Elmo impression and a singing toothbrush, too!
“It’s my first time at the dentist” you said. “I was three, and now I’m four, and now I get to go to the dentist!”
I’m so proud of what a big girl you are. You’re smart, and creative, nice, and brave. And today we found out, you’re taking great care of your teeth!
It makes me so proud when other people tell me how cute and lovely you are, and especially when we have a big milestone together – like your very first time at the dentist!
Yep, I think, that’s my Abigail!
Love you, Silly Bear!