Yesterday Mia went to the dentist for the very first time!
It was really important to me that she has a good introduction to dentist visits... that she gets eased into it, that everything gets explained properly to her, and that it is a happy and stress-free experience.
I made use of good-old trustworthy Google, and did a search for child friendly dentists in Pretoria or Centurion. I came across Wiggly Teeth - a specialised kids dentist in Pretoria, opposite Kloof hospital inside the Cure Day Clinic. Their website is really great, appointments can be made online, but I gave them a call - and got an appointment for the very next day.
Mia wasn't nervous at all. I chatted to her about it a bit beforehand, telling her how the friendly dentist will be looking in her mouth, checking out her toofies, polishing them until they shine like diamonds - just generally trying to put her at ease.
I had to fill in a patient form that included questions like asking about Mia's hobbies and likes, which already told me that this is exactly the right kind of place I was looking for! Another question asked whether I was expecting my child to be co-operative, and if not, why... I struggled with this question, and wrote that I wasn't sure, as she is a sensitive and anxious child.
When we arrived, doctor Meena herself was at reception and gave us such a warm welcome. She put Mia at ease straight away, chatting easily, doing things to make her laugh, and took us through to her room. In the hallway there's a little dress-up station, with hats, wigs, tutu's, wings - just all the more to make it a fun experience! Mia had a look and then politely said, "no thanks!" This after I had filled in on the form that her hobbies and likes include dress-up. ;-)
Doctor Meena showed Mia all the equipment that she uses for the check-up and the polishing, and even gave Mia a little mirror so that she could look too. There was a tv overhead with Cinderella playing, so cute!
Mia has a few cavities that need to be addressed, and also, the gap between her two front top teeth, is called a "frenum" and this can be fixed with a small procedure in theatre, to prevent her permanent teeth from also having a gap between them. I'm still considering our options about this.
I loved Doctor Meena's approach, the fact that she didn't want to immediately jump in and do the cavities, to just keep the first visit a quick, calm and happy experience. She had Mia giggling and laughing through-out the consultation!
They have a very nice interactive Facebook Page.
Definitely highly recommended! Hoping that Mia has a lifetime of happy dentist appointments!