Friday, October 19, 2012

In Which The Kids See The Dentist

Oh ew, the smell.

The smell!

The awful dentist smell.

I tried not to gag when we walked into the dentist office. I’ve written before that I am not a fan of the dentist. I tend to have panic attacks when I’m around them. I have to pretend like I love them so I don’t scare the kids.

“You look weird,” Tommy observed as I checked in.

“I’m great!” I lied. What I really wanted to do was run out screaming.

“If I have a cavity, I’m not going to be happy,” Tommy informed me. Lovely. So not only did I have to calm myself down, I also had to worry that he might have a cavity. I hoped he didn’t have one. So far, he’s been lucky. I think it’s mainly because he only drinks water and he’s picky about what he eats. He’s heard horror stories about cavities and shots and it’s freaked him out.

Basically, if he had a cavity, he was going to have a meltdown.

Natalie, on the other hand, wasn’t worried at all. She loves the dentist. Mainly because she gets to pick out a toy at the end of the appointment. She was like, “I wonder what I’m going to bring home today?”

When the kids were called back, I took deep breaths. I was trying to pretend that I wasn’t at a dentist office. It wasn’t going well, thanks to the smell. And the fact that there were lots of dentists walking around. And, oh God, there were the dentist tools all laid out in front of me.

The cleaning went well for both of them. Natalie does much better at the dentist now that she’s older. When she was younger, she bit the dentist. I remember him shouting, “OUCH! That wasn’t nice!” and Natalie gave him a wicked smile like, “Well, then get your latexed fingers out of my mouth!”

You know what part I really hate? When they stick that tray of flouride in your mouth. I gag. Seriously. I have a terrible gag reflex and I would sit there and gag and gag and the denist would be all, “Hold still. Stop panicking.” I COULDN’T HELP IT!

The kids, thankfully, did fine. Though Tommy hated the taste.

“That was awful,” he informed the hygenist.

Then came the part where they had to find out if they had cavities.

“I’m scared,” Tommy told the dentist when she came over. “I don’t want a cavity.”

“Well, let’s see,” the dentist said. “Open wide.”

I started ripping off one of my nails. It’s a terrible habit, I know. I do it when I’m nervous.

“No cavities,” she said. Yes!

“Yay!” Tommy said.

Now it was Natalie’s turn. How would SHE handle a shot to her mouth? Not well, I bet. She freaks out if she runs into the couch lightly.

“I need an ice pack,” she’ll inform me.

If she had a cavity, it wasn’t going to be pleasant.

“No cavities for you either,” the dentist said.

Double yay!

So Natalie was able to pick out a toy on the way out. She chose a plastic pink slinky—that broke within the hour she had it. But oh well, at least I didn’t have to deal with any dentist drama.

Let’s hope they continue to stay cavity free.


  1. i hate the dentist smell as well. My dentist and the kids dentist I do not notice that smell as well.

  2. My 15 yr old niece went to the dentist this week and came home sobbing. Her jaw hurt, her teeth hurt, her gums hurt! And she has to go back this week for TWO cavities. Ah the joy of being a kid.

  3. Yay for no cavities! Boo for awful smells! Double boo for those gag-inducing flouride trays! (I totally agree with you.)

  4. Why do dentist offices smell like that? I don't know how someone could work there every day. I guess they get used to it!

  5. Thanks so much for stopping by and wishing me a happy sits day!

  6. I hate dentists too, and it's such a weird phobia. Why do we hate them more than doctors? They don't do anything worse to us than doctors do!

  7. HA! I dont like the dentist either, who does? I get some pretty bad anxiety before/during...glad your kiddos all checked out ok!!

  8. I got along fine with my dentist, who was also a vet. What made our relationship work was that he was more scared of me than I was of him.

  9. My BIL is my dentist and they have nice smelling candles burning in their office...but there really is no hiding that dentist smell! Yay for no cavities!

  10. The dentist will help make sure that a child's baby teeth are properly cared for. Children feel more comfortable with dental care providers so that the child is less likely to fear the dentist.

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  11. I am SO bad about dentist visits... I also have an aversion to them and it stresses me out to just discuss them...

  12. Burning enamel smell.........gah!
    I'm with you.
    Hope your kids stay so lucky. Pass the floss please!

  13. i can't agree with the children's normal.



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