He only has five and a half teeth, but yesterday the wee man came with me to the dentist for his first check-up.
As part of the Childsmile initiative, all babies are encouraged to go to the dentist as soon as their first tooth appears – I guess to make sure we’re brushing their teeth and not giving them too much sugar. We are and I’m not, but I went along for the fun of it.
He had fun in the waiting room and the receptionist was very taken with his hat. I filled out a pretty detailed sign-up form on his behalf (“occupation?” – “baby”) then we were called in. The dentist asked about his general health and how I was getting on – which was very nice of her. She had a quick look in his mouth and feel of his gums, checked I was brushing his teeth and asked what he was drinking. She advised only water after his dinner, never to give him juice in a bottle, only a sippy cup and that my habit of watering down fresh fruit juice was fine. He got a blue toothbrush – the last one, or else he’d have been very metrosexual with a pink one – and a tube of toothpaste, while I was handed a leaflet and a DVD.
Now, I’m very grateful for the freebies – who doesn’t love a freebie? – but I felt it was kind of unnecessary. I mean, don’t people know not to give their 6 month old tea and coffee? That fizzy drinks are a bad idea for grown-ups, never mind toddlers? And jeez – yes – we know breast milk is the best drink for your baby – do we need another leaflet telling us that? As for the DVD… actually, this is where it’s no longer so funny. Apparently people don’t actually know not to give their kids full-sugar fizzy drinks or sugary cereals or sweets and chocolate for snacks. Some of the first scenes are cute-as-pie primary school kids boasting about their fillings and gum disease and how much they love Irn Bru and ice cream.
So although I only watched the DVD for the purpose of this blog, I would actually advise that parents take a look. The thought of the wee man getting a filling age five just breaks my heart. My mum was always very strict with me when it came to brushing my teeth and she was very careful to limit my sugar intake. It’s a habit I intend to pass on to the wee man.