Camdyn and Cade had their first dental check up two weeks ago. I have been dreading their first dentist appointment since they were babies. With Cade's severe oral aversion as a baby, I figured going to the dentist was going to be a nightmare. Although he eats great now, I worried he may have some lingering oral aversion issues when suction tools got anywhere near his mouth. He didn't have such a great relationship with those things in the NICU. I also worried about the development of Camdyn's teeth because she got teeth so late. I had no idea if that was a sign of anything bad. As a preemie parent (especially micro-preemies who were on high dose steroids/antibiotics), you hear a lot about "preemie teeth". Due to the steroids, antibiotics, and breathing tubes, some preemies' teeth are discolored, weaker, and/or more susceptible to cavities. With all these worries in mind, I scheduled their first visit. I braced myself much like I did with all their developmental exams, to hear news that I already knew but didn't want to hear. Surprisingly, the appointment went far better than I expected.
Neither Camdyn or Cade had any qualms about the suction or water tool. They kind of liked it. They were curious about how everything worked and excited for their turn. The dentist office calls this a "happy visit" which means they introduce kids to the equipment but don't really clean their teeth or take x-rays. Camdyn and Cade both let them polish their teeth though and do an exam. The dentist saw no issues with their teeth. When I asked him about "preemie teeth", he did say that their baby teeth might not be affected, but their permanent teeth could still be affected. We won't know until they come in. But for now, they look good. I was very happy that the appointment went so much better than I had anticipated.