The boys had their first visit to the dentist recently, and the experience was simply awesome!
I first started thinking about bringing Kor Kor to the dentist three years ago (he cut his first tooth at five months old and had almost all his baby teeth by one year old), but kept putting it off because I did not know of a suitable dentist, especially since I expected Kor Kor to have a
meltdown difficult time there. Didn’t wanna waste money…
Until a month ago. I learnt of a friend’s positive experience bringing her son, who is the same age as Kor Kor, to the School Dental Service (SDS). And it’s only $9 for basic consultation! Hmm, it’s definitely worth $9 to let Kor Kor have his first experience with a dentist, even if his teeth doesn’t get cleaned. I told myself, no matter how horrid the visit turned out to be, there would be no second visit without a first. So I bit the bullet and made an appointment.
Went through the books with the boys to prepare them for the dental visit
Kor Kor didn’t disappoint. He absolutely refused to get onto the dentist’s chair, and started crying and screaming and kept pushing Didi to the
gallows dentist. Sigh, I thought ok, that’s it, let’s try again next time.
But the dentist (Dr Ng Hin Yeung) was very patient and kept trying to reach out to Kor Kor. Since Kor Kor was adamant in refusing to sit on the chair, Dr Ng bent down and knelt on the floor to check his teeth. He patiently introduced each instrument to Kor Kor and sought his permission to put it in his mouth. And guess what, Kor Kor eventually agreed to go up on the chair! And he passed the teeth check! And got his teeth polished! *celebrate*
Then it was Didi’s turn. We had to register again as the counter staff said she could not help us to schedule the two boys with the same dentist. While we were waiting to go into the clinic again, the dental assistant surprised us by calling us to go back in. The dentist had taken the initiative to request to see Didi! It was sooooooo considerate and sweet of him!
Didi, the super brave boy. Not even a whimper from him. Went up on the dental chair without any fuss. 100 marks for courage, Son!
Unfortunately, his teeth didn’t get 100 marks. His teeth had always been quite yellow, and Dr Ng found two cavities in his upper front teeth : (
(I asked why Didi’s teeth were in a worse condition despite starting to brush his teeth at a younger age and having similar diet and hygiene practices as Kor Kor. (Kor Kor was 3.5 years old by the time we enforced the twice-daily brushing habit. Didi was only two when he started together with Kor Kor.) Dr Ng said that it was probably because Didi’s teeth somehow had higher plaque production. Oh well, so unlucky.)
Didi got his cavities filled, and we were advised to monitor more closely his brushing and to brush & floss his teeth for him. Didi has to return for a checkup in three months.
All in all, I didn’t expect the visit to turn out so well! All credit goes to Dr Ng and his assistant! Thank you so much! Now that we have got the First Time over, things should only get better in future. We will definitely return for twice-yearly checkups!
(The School Dental Service is located at the Health Promotion Board, within the premises of Singapore General Hospital. Click here for more information on charges and how to make an appointment)
After the checkups, we went to Healthzone, located in the same building as SDS. Heard about this from other mummies, and since we were already there, I wanted to use the resources in Healthzone to reinforce good dental hygiene habits. At the very least, I knew the boys would be happy with the playgym!
Press a food button, and the corresponding Good/Bad Tooth button lights up
The next day,when Kor Kor asked to play with stickers, he chose the teeth stickers : )
Narrating a story about good tooth and bad tooth as he pasted the stickers
Then we did a follow-up activity! Printed out the tooth from Kidssoup (thanks Motherkao!), laminated it, then used my finger to smudge some yellow paint on it. Let dry overnight. Gave the boys a toothbrush (disposable ones from Hubby’s hotel stays for work trips) and ‘toothpaste’ (white paint. Tubes from Daiso), and told them to brush the tooth clean!
The dirty tooth
Brush, brush, brush!
‘Mummy, see, my tooth is so white now! Am I a dentist?’ : )