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Baby’s First Dentist Appointment-Teeth Stain

March 16, 2012

Carter's dentist sticker

Up until a couple of years ago dentists’ said that you didn’t need to take your baby to the dentist until they were 2 years-old. Now they encourage you to come in before they are 1.  I wasn’t sure it was necessary so we decided that we could wait until Carter was a little older. That was until I realized that Carter’s top two teeth (he now has 8!) each had a small greyish spot. You really can’t see them unless you look very close. I was very concerned because I am an avid tooth brusher and I have even conjured up a sweat while trying to wrestle with my 10-month-old to get those 8 tiny teeth clean. I did some research online but decided the best choice was to just take him to the dentist.

Knowing how resistant my baby is to not just having his teeth brushed, but lying down still in general, I knew I was in for some screaming. We made an appointment at a local dentist that had good reviews online. My husband had to work so it was just Carter and I. The waiting room was stimulation-overload. A small kids table piled with games and toys was surrounded by little people while Toy Story 2 played in the background. The small room was packed with parents and their kids of varying ages. The lady at the front desk handed me a clipboard with 8 pages to fill out. That was a challenge because Carter can’t walk yet so I have to hold him and try to keep him entertained while filling this paperwork out. (Ask them to mail you the paperwork first.) Carter wasn’t phased; he is so friendly! He is completely opposite from me in that way. I like to put my head down and mind my own business. Just like his father, Carter wanted to interact with everyone there. He through out his big smiles to everyone that made eye contact with him.

First real toothbrush!

Once we finally got in the room the dental assistant (a woman) had me lay Carter on the table. Instantly he began wiggling as usual.  I held down his arms so that she could clean his teeth. She didn’t do too much so at least it was quick. She just brushed his teeth then put this clear stuff on them. He started crying low, but the time he had just gotten to his “OMG get me out of here” scream she was pretty much done. It was pretty traumatic for him. The second she was done Carter practically jumped into my arms. He is NEVER still. He curled up and held me for the next 10 mins completely still while we waited on the dentist.

When the dentist came she had me put Carter in my lap and wrap his legs around me while I laid his head in her lap. Again Carter wasn’t pleased. She looked at the small grey spots I mentioned earlier. She confirmed what my online research had found. Too much iron in his diet had caused the small stains. I had started giving him Poly-Vi-Sol instead on the normal D-Vi-Sol I used to give him. I thought it couldn’t hurt to give him a multi-vitamin while I was at it. Poly-Vi-Sol is actually that same dark grey color. It even stained my sink when I rinsed out the dropper. The dentist said that I wouldn’t be able to remove the stain but his teeth and gums were healthy. She said to stop using the vitamin supplement and it shouldn’t get worse. Apparently Carter is one in 1,000 whose baby teeth are susceptible to this staining. I would take a picture if I could get him to be still long enough. The dentist gave us a toothbrush and a baby toy and sent us off.

The dentist was a pretty stressful experience even though I thought I was prepared for it. Frank and I gave Carter extra hugs and kisses that night and he sleep an extra hour that morning.

LESSON LEARNED: 1) Trips to the dentist are unnecessary before year two unless you have cause for concern. 2) Toothpaste is unnecessary to use everyday. 3) Ask your dentist if they could mail you the paperwork to fill out before-hand.

One Comment leave one →
  1. kasis permalink
    March 25, 2012 8:54 pm

    i can recommend these for teething.
    our daughter was an absolute nightmare with her teeth until we tried this. she has been wearing it since she was 8 months old and we haven’t looked back since. i never take hers off, she sleeps with it on too. i have heard from a few people that take their lo’s necklaces off at night and they all say that they still get sleepless nights due to teething. i think that they should be worn 24hrs a day. i feel quite happy that they are not a choking hazard. the necklace has a low breaking strain so if it had to get caught on something(an unlikely occurence) then it would snap. if it were to snap for any reason, each bead has been double knotted on, so that they wouldn’t all fall off. i got mine off an Latvian Amber store. it was $15, so not expensive at all.

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