My dental practice treats everyone from toddlers to the elderly, and though we have a passion for cosmetic dentistry, children are usually the most fun and interesting patients.
I have had many enlightening experiences as kids surprise me with their perceptions of what is occurring during their dental appointments. After I extracted the tooth of a 7-year-old boy, the mother asked her son as they left our office, “Has your tooth stopped hurting yet?” to which her son replied,”I don’t know. The dentist has it.” In treating young patients I have learned that…………
Shots hurt less if you are using sleepy juice in a squirt gun.
When the buttons on the dental chair are operated by a brother or sister, the ride is much like one at Six Flags.
The tooth fairy can not be fooled by a piece of white chalk placed under a pillow.
When explaining brushing and flossing techniques to a child, it is best to verify their understanding or else they may be adamant with their parents that the dentist told them that BACON and SODA works just as good as toothpaste.
Some perfectly good teeth do hurt when chewing if they are chewing broccoli, liver, or tofu.
The insights of children so often amaze and humor me and my staff. I have had many a listening adult patient in an adjacent room ask if he could wear the bubblegum nose and breathe the funny gas before he gets a silver star in his tooth. I think kids keep us in check making us stop and take a different look at the world. I am thankful to be blessed with three little comedians of my own and to part of a dental team that enjoys treating patients of all ages.