yesterday was dentist day.
my kids love the dentist.
they go, get their teeth cleaned,
get a new toothbrush,
we all get ice cream after.
exactly 30 minutes after.
what's not to love?
this visit was different.
my mommy radar
was on high alert.
because our brownies
had just completed a badge
called healthy habits.
including a field trip
to a pediatric dentist.
there were video games in the waiting room!
books, toys, highlights!
a friendly staff of hygienists and receptionists!
and there was dr. matt.
they all gave up their evening to teach our girls.
it was a fabulous field trip.
so, although my dentist didn't know it,
she was in my cross hairs last night.
and everything she and her staff did,
it suddenly became clear,
that while she takes great care of me
she is no dr. matt.
three events have me searching
for a new dentist for my children.
first, our reception.
walking into the dentist's office,
with three young kids,
the whole staff looked
like deer in the headlights.
now while i expect this look
at nordstrom's or saks' -
i don't at the dentist.
she has always been my bravest kid.
but since an unfortunate decision
to let her choose the h1n1 flu mist,
she is now terrified of doctors.
(note to ya'll - 4 yr. olds and mist don't mix)
she let the hygienist look at her teeth,
but she would not let her clean them.
the hygienist says,
"don't you want to be like your big sister and big brother?"
and that was it.
no cleaning for k.
i felt like saying,
"seriously, that's all you've got?"
and third, g.
the dentist looks at his teeth.
says to the hygienist,
"i would put a filling in #x."
"what's a filling?"
(techno jargon follows)
"what's a cavity?"
(more techno jargon)
"how do you fill it?"
(techno, techno, drill, more techno)
seriously? did you just say drill?
mouth clamps shut.
she seems exasperated,
"g, i need you to open your mouth."
then to me,
"why won't he open his mouth?"
"because you just said you were going to put a drill in his cavity."
"well, not today."
"well, you didn't tell him that."
i convince him to finish the exam.
i tap his foot to comfort him.
i encourage him every step of the way.
he powers through.
then asks 442 million questions on the ride home.
then, to top it all off,
they didn't give us any free toothbrushes!
and she told m she needs braces.
but not today, remember to say, NOT TODAY!
does anyone know a good KID dentist?
we are all so ready.