Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Cooper's First Trip to the Dentist

If you haven’t picked up on this already, “firsts” and “new experiences” and “changes” are all panic situations for Cooper. Even something as mundane as a new pair of shoes can instill such fear and anger into that little heart you would think someone stole his bike, ripped his lovey and ate his cupcake.

You can imagine my anxiety about our first dentist visit. My pediatrician has been on me for a year to take him in and I finally caved this morning. I figured that since he was almost 1 year by the time his first tooth broke through that I had a little pass.

Let me tell you, my stalling wasn’t without merit. It’s 8pm and I finally have the courage to document it.

We got there and things seemed pleasant enough. They were playing Monster’s Inc. in the waiting room which was also filled with video games and fish aquariums. First impressions were good.


They called us back and asked me to come with him since it was his first visit. On subsequent visits parents stay outside. I don’t think I will mind that next time.

We started off talking to the hygienist about Cooper’s brushing habits which included a discussion on his “dragon breath” and how we have to brush the dragons out every night. Not sure where we picked this up but it works for now!

Then, she started cleaning and Cooper started shaking, crying and flailing. He employed every tactic he knows of to get out of that chair. He tried to physically escape. He tried being polite yelling “No thank you! No thank you!” to the hygienist. He tried getting angry yelling “Stop it!” and “You’re hurting me!”. He tried holding his breath and successfully got a rise out of all of us when his lips turned blue. He almost threw-up when they put the thing in his mouth to hold it open. Ugh.


When it was all said and done, the dentist tried to give Cooper a new stuffed animal and toothbrush as a treat for getting his teeth clean. In the most defiant move that a three year old could muster, he took that stuffed animal and threw it right back at her. Point Cooper.

As you can see, he is very good at his craft. I’m not sure who is more traumatized, him or me!



The good news is that his teeth are in great shape with no cavities. At three years old he is still working on getting one of his molars in. Maybe I can attribute this all to teething?! Anyway, we will all live to fight off the dragons another day. Until next year, pediatric dentist!

Post-visit dentist approved treat. 

36 comments:

  1. Bahahaha! I'm dying! I feel like that's exactly how Charley will be when I finally take her! Oy!

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  2. I would be extremely nervous if it was my first visit; so traumatic for a young child. Cooper put up a good fight. I like how the pediatric dental offices make the environment as pleasant as possible for the youngsters.

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  3. Poor Cooper! I think it’s better if you allowed him to witness your dental checkup before his turn. In that way, he’ll have a mindset that the dentist won’t do anything to hurt him. Well, our consolation is that he doesn't have cavities. Hope you’ll be able to help him in maintaining a healthy teeth. :)

    Kent Davis

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    1. Thanks! If only he would sit still through my dental visit, lol!

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  4. Boy that sure was traumatic for Cooper. In today's environment with the trained staff, specializes and environment with props to make kids feel comfortable a much higher percent of first visits go well. Did not want to say that to rain on your parade. Think back to when you went for your first dental visit - what a horrifying experience it was then. I am still scared whenever someone mentions dentist. Hopefully Cooper will get use to the situation. Good news was no cavaties and it sounds like all his teeth came in properly.

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  6. It’s nice to know that you started taking him to the dentist at age of three. It is normal for kids to be afraid of the dentist on their first visit, but there are ways to help them be calm. Reading to them children’s books about dental care is a way to prepare kids. You can tell him to come and watch you when you have your dental appointment too. :)

    Thanh Arnett

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  7. As you said, Cooper hates first experiences, so his acting up could have been because he didn’t know what to expect on that particular visit. Things can be much better on his next visit, especially since his teeth are in perfect condition. He seems to love the donut so you can tell him he'll get one if he behaves. Just make sure to brush his teeth afterwards.

    Billie Adams

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    1. Ha! Yes, the donut did contradict the dental visit! Good plan. ;)

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  8. When I first signed onto the page, my lips were watering seeing that delicious looking hamburger on that beautiful plate. Boy makes you want to start up the BBQ.
    Poor Cooper, he looked like he was distressed and upset. Different look though when he was eating the doughnut. I know today dental offices do a great job of making that first visit as pleasant as possible; unfortunately they could not work their magic with Cooper. Good news is that he does brush his teeth and had no cavities. Maybe in the near future his outlook will change. Good luck Mum; otherwise it will be stressful.

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    1. Thank you! Hopefully better next time!

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  9. Kids are very nervous to show their teeth to dentist. The environment was so pleasant to keep young kids friendly. That's a good news that teeth's are in great shape with no cavities.

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