A Scary Dental Story

It’s Friday the 13th…in October, what a better day to post a scary dental story! This story harkens back to when I was a young lad making my first trip to the dentist. I remember it pretty vividly. My dentist had a room with a big open window so you could peak in to see what was going on inside. My mom took me back to check on my brother and to show me that there was nothing to be afraid of…what I saw was terrifying!

Back then, they used Fluoride trays instead of the much more convenient Fluoride varnish. These trays were one size fits all and the dentist would fill them with foam and shove them into your mouth. Every time I can remember, the tray would stick into the back of my mouth making me gag. This particular visit must have done the same to my brother because I remember turning the corner to seeing this large tray being shoved into his mouth and him gaging everywhere!

You want to sit in a room and choke me to death?!?! Not today! Poof!!! I was gone! Out the door, down the steps and into the parking lot, far away from the room of death. My mom came out to try to corral me. When that didn’t work, the receptionist joined. It was probably an hour or so before they caught me and were able to calm me down to even walk back to the car.

Needless to say, that was quite the first visit to the dentist. I didn’t get an exam. I didn’t get an x-ray. I didn’t even get into the room! After a few visits, I was finally able to muster up the courage to sit down and let them clean my teeth.

I remember this story every time I have a child that comes into our office for the first time. I like to let the kids guide their first visit, starting with talking about what dentists do, sitting in the big chair, the instruments we use, and how to clean their teeth properly. If we get around to cleaning their teeth, that’s great! If not, it’s okay because I understand it may take a few visits to get comfortable. I recommend bringing your kids with you when you get your teeth cleaned starting at 1 years old. That lets them get comfortable with the office and the idea that they can get their teeth cleaned too!

Have your kids seen the dentist recently? If not, give us a call and set up an appointment 317-887-0700.

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