April 28, 2009

The Dentist

The shortlings had their dental appointments this morning. Blayne is the only one that has been to our new dentist because of her little tooth problem. But today, all of them got to go in for a cleaning.

Blayne was called back first. It was her third time at the office and she was the pro. Blayne's name was called and she gave the hygienist a big hug, took her hand, and walked to the back office, all by herself.

Everyone else had to wait while DadGuy and I filled out the paperwork. But they didn't even notice. They were too busy playing with all the toys in the waiting room. After we finished filling out the paperwork, the other three were called back.

Normally, they take just the kids to the back, and the parents wait in the waiting room. But since it was Thaddeus' first time at this dentist, and Daniel and Taylor's first time seeing a dentist at all, we were invited to the back with them.

When we walked through the second door, Blayne was already getting her teeth cleaned. She had on big pink sunglasses and was being so, so good. She looked over and waved, then turned her head back to the hygienist and opened her mouth wider.

The other hygienist's directed Daniel and Taylor over to a Lego table while Tad climbed into the dental chair.

The dentist came over and started talking to all of us. He shook everyone's hands and talked TO my kids, not at them. He asked Tad what flavor of toothpaste he wanted to use today, did he want bubblegum?

Tad hates bubblegum.

"Oh, well. Then we have cherry, and watermelon, and grape, and fruit, and mint, and chocolate, and dirt."


"Oh, you want dirt? Okay, it's your mouth."

"No! I don't want dirt. bleh. I want fruit"

"Good choice"

He also got to pick a flavor for something else. Fluoride or mouthwash or something. Those options included boogers, really slimy ones!

After going over who was getting what (cleaning and x-rays for everyone) we were sent back to the waiting room.

Me and the DadGuy read magazines, and chatted, and never heard any screaming or crying or anything. (WHOA)

Awhile later, we were called into the dentist's office to go over their cleaning habits and whatnot before he "released the hounds" back to us.

He gave me and DadGuy the best compliment ever.

"You have great kids. They're busy, but they're great, and they listen. You can tell where they get it from. They're really good kids. Really good. "

He complimented us on their attitudes, and their hygiene. "Your kids are clean. Their clothes are clean, their hair is clean, their teeth are clean. It's important to teach them good habits early. Great job guys."

I think I'm in love with the dentist.


  1. you know my friend, I could have just brought my instruments along and done the same thing for ya....FOR FREES!
    Just kidding-I'm glad you guys found a good office! Great job kiddles!

  2. Those are the best compliments!

  3. Wow! I wish my dentist was that cool. Of course, my dentist did let me keep my sleeping baby on my lap while I got my teeth cleaned. And they gave him a baby toothbrush when he woke up--which he absolutely loves! So, I guess my dentist is pretty cool afterall.

  4. Oh! That is so nice!

  5. What an amazing dentist!

    (Either that or he's lying to you just so that you'll keep coming back.)

  6. Wow - talk about a hefty dose of validation!

  7. Aw, you're kids ARE great.

  8. You HAVE to tell me who this dentist is! Does he do big people teeth?


  9. Wow! I need to find a dentist like THAT!

  10. Now that's what I call a good trip to the dentist. Forget a sticker or lollipop. You got a vote of confidence. If I had your dentist, I might drop my therapist.

  11. A good dentist is worth his/her weight in gold! Wish we had one.

  12. I love that dentist, too. So good to hear what he said. See...you have good manners and great kids. No matter what the whack job at 5 Guys says.

  13. That has GOT to be Dr. Moses....