I should have started my daughter with seeing a dentist in Fremont much earlier than I did. It would have been so much easier on her and the dentist. Waiting until she was a bit older meant that she was scared for no reason. Starting their visits when they are toddlers makes everything go so much more smoothly. That is what everyone says, and it was true for my other three children who I started out when they were much younger. It also would have helped stop some of the tooth decay that my daughter has.
One of my daughter’s front teeth had an gray tinge to it. I sat her down and asked her to open her mouth so that I could get a better look at it. I wondered if I was just imagining it. But then, a couple of days later she smiled at me and I noticed it again. I grabbed a flashlight so that I could get a better view this time. With the light shined on it, I could definitely tell the tooth had some discoloring. I was immediately alarmed. I asked her if she had fallen down or bumped her tooth in some way, but she said neither of those things happened. She had already lost her baby teeth and her two front teeth were now her permanent adult teeth, so one of them being gray did not sound good.
Once she was in the chair at the dentist’s office, she did not want to cooperate. She just did not understand why a stranger wanted to poke around inside her mouth to have a look. He promised that he had a secret toy for her if she was good. That made her cooperate right away! He quickly realized that she had a cavity behind her front tooth that needed tending to immediately.