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Time Out for the Dentist…

An exam glove and some dental floss...

Shien took Malachy to his first dentist visit this past Saturday. When we first told him he was going, he was not happy. Most of the blame fell on us, because we kinda’ put the dentist in a bad light for awhile. “Brush your teeth, or you’ll have to go to the dentist…” “If you eat too much candy, you’re going to have to go to the dentist…” Our tune had to change from cavities and drilling to “just a cleaning” and “it’ll be fun!” He needed some major buy-in. The key was to not too big a deal about it and to not constantly remind him of it, but it was also important not to totally ignore the fact that he was going. The reassurance about there being no pain involved helped to alleviate some of his fears.

I couldn’t wait to hear all about it when I met them for dinner later on. Shien was so proud. She said he did great. He LOVED it! 🙂 She said he had a great dental hygienist who made him feel so comfortable, letting him press all the buttons on the chair and stuff. He let her clean his teeth without a fight. I wish I had taped him live when he first told me all about it, because he was SO excited. By the time we got home, he was pretty spent with a great day with Mom. So, the YouTube video doesn’t quite do it justice. That evening, he asked me if he could go back to the dentist again really soon. I replied, “Well, not too soon.” 😉 Unbelievable…

On the Red Carpet right after the dentist!