Friday, October 26, 2012

Million Dollar Smile ...

Bea had her first dentist appointment Thursday. I'll be honest... I was sweating it. Big time. We're in the stage where I never quite know which Bea will show up. The one who is super sweet, and smiley and loves to show off her good behavior. Or the Bea that looks like a contestant on Toddlers and Tiaras, jacked up on "Go Go Juice" and Pixie Sticks (which btw, she's never, ever had)...

So, we did extensive prepping for this visit. We talked nightly about the dentist and how fun it was going to be. How she would get a new toothbrush and how she would get to pick out a prize if she behaved. We even read a book about going to the dentist... and well?

It paid off. From the first few minutes, I knew we were in like flynn. Of course, it didn't hurt that the waiting room was a kid's paradise with video games, books, puzzles:
Captain Puzzle is at it again...

And a huge fish tank:

Which Bea spent approximately 45 minutes staring into:

She even tried communicating with the fish:
What's the story here fellas?

Eventually we were called back and it was showtime. You'll have to excuse the Flasher-eque qualities of this picture. Bea had a potty accident while we were waiting and this kind mother in the lobby offered us a (brand new) pair of undies to wear because Bea's mommy is incredibly unprepared:

She was a little nervous (understandably) at first and watched with rapt attention while the hygienist prepared things behind her:
Uh, what's going on back there guys...

But after securing a Dora toothbrush, she knew this place was where miracle happen:
Oh Dora. you make my heart smile ...

Or at least, Dora calmed her fears:
Then she was given some Mega-Diva-Deluxe Sun Shades and she was ready for the nitty gritty:

This place was clearly set up for curious toddlers, and the hygienist (who couldn't have been more amazing) showed Bea the mirror on top of the light, so she could check out things as they were happening:

She liked what she saw:
Lookin' Good ...
First the Hygienist just looked in Bea's mouth. I was in the corner holding my breath because I've heard about the dreaded "preemie teeth" and wasn't sure what she would find. Plus, Bea is 50% genetically my responsibility and that means she has a half chance at getting my terribly soft, and terrible teeth:
Then she counted all of Bea's teeth and I was pleasantly surprised to hear that we're all done with teething (for now) and that she has all her baby teeth in:

Bea was so cooperative and when asked to open a little wider, she complied:
Then the Hygienist used a special dye to show Bea where she was missing during brushing:
Bea thought it was hilarious:
When it was time to use the electric toothbrush and polisher, I was a little nervous because I wasn't sure how Bea would react to the noise. Of course, I should have known better, because she thought it was tickly and the Hygienist was so amazing at allowing Bea to investigate everything with her own hands before she used it in her mouth:

Then it was flossing time:
And while we waited on the dentist, Bea got to choose a surprise from the Treasure Chest:
And when she was told to "choose one", Bea heard "Go ahead, open and play with as many as your little heart desires":
She even had time to play with Smiley the Dog and tried his "puppet back" out before Dr. Keels came in:
But eventually, the dentist came in to finish up and was so happy to finally have a cavity-free, happy child that day:
And of course because no good behavior goes unrecognized in this house, I took Bea out to the Dollar Tree to get a few rewards. She chose a new pair of butterfly wings. Which she hasn't taken off since:
All-in-All, Beatrice Kate was freaking amazing at the appointment. And it looks like so far, Bea has inherited Casey's genetically perfect teeth. Which is good news for her, because if she had gotten mine... she may just very well be the first three year old with a full set of dentures!

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