Having a child means being present for a variety of firsts. You'll witness their first time at the pediatrician, first time they eat solids, first words, and first steps. You'll be there when they get their first haircut and, yes, the first time they get their teeth cleaned. That initial dentist visit isn't the most thrilling of milestones, sure, but it's one nonetheless. And while we all hope for the best, there's really no way of knowing how that appointment will go. That's why I asked moms to share how their child’s first dental visit went. I mean, it can't hurt to prepare as best as humanly possible, right?
I’ll be totally honest: I have yet to take my child to his first dentist appointment. It’s on my list of Important Things To Do This Year, though. No really, I promise. I know I'm a bit behind, but I also didn’t want to force my child into a situation that might've been too scary, too soon. I know some parents take their little ones the minute they pop out a tooth, while others wait until the child is older and better able to understand what’s going on. In the end, we all make the best choices we can for our individual families, and for me, that meant waiting to take my kid to the dentist.
But that doesn't mean I haven't wondered, rather intently, what that first appointment will be like, for both of us. I mean, the dentist isn't exactly a "hot spot," and more than a few adults consider it the seventh circle of hell. So, how do kids handle it? I asked moms to share how their kid's first visit went down and, well, here's what they had to say: