My youngest daughter, Elida, is 20 months old, and I recently realized it was time for her first dental appointment. We decided to check out Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dentists not long afterward. Snodgrass-King allows for online appointment scheduling and online submission of new patient paperwork—both of which can be very handy for busy moms. I received a text appointment reminder the day before her visit, and I definitely loved that.
The Snodgrass-King offices have several locations from which to choose. We decided on the Hermitage location for our appointment. The large waiting room had an aquarium (always a hit with my kids), WiFi, a TV, toys, and four old school arcade games. Think they know a thing or two about kids (and moms)? We arrived 10-15 minutes before our appointment, and it felt like we were seen almost immediately. The dental hygienist was super-friendly and greeted us with a smile. She talked to Elida and made a big deal over her. After asking some questions and entering the information into a computer in the hallway, the dental hygienist took us to exam room. She told me that they even have an exam room especially for babies, but it was occupied at the time.
In the exam room (which had a television), Elida sat with me while the hygienist asked some more questions and gave me a preview of what she would be doing. She explained that Elida would lay on the chair, and the hygienist would brush her teeth. She would look for any concerns to share with the dentist. I was warned her that Elida would likely cry. While the hygienist brushed, I was able to hold Elida’s arms and talked to her to help keep her calm. She did indeed cry, but the brushing didn’t take very long. The hygienist saw nothing of concern in Elida’s mouth and shared some tips with me for brushing at home:
- It can be helpful to lay your child on a flat surface, with her head in or near your lap, to brush her teeth.
- Go ahead and get your child used to flossing—but it only needs to be done about three times a week.
- Take a pea sized glob of toothpaste, smear it on the back of your hand, and dip the toothbrush bristles in that. This prevents the toothpaste from getting stuck on the first teeth you brush!
When the dentist entered the room, she was also friendly and warm. She examined Elida’s teeth (more crying, but this exam was even shorter than the brushing) and saw nothing to be concerned about. The hygienist was able to schedule Elida’s next check-up before we even left the exam room. Elida received a goody bag with her toothbrush from the exam (it had a cool dinosaur cover!), floss, and toothpaste, and she was able to pick a toy from a treasure chest (a pink hippo!).
Everyone at the office was kind, and the visit was short and sweet. We will definitely be going back!