Thursday, July 23, 2009
My dad and I took Ro and Ree for their first dental visits this week and they passed with flying colors! The funny thing is that TubaDad and I had actually been coaching the girls for a week, telling them that the dentist might ask them all sorts of tough questions, like "do you chew ice" or "do you brush your teeth twice a day" and they just needed to tell the truth. ("Yes, but we're trying not to" and "No, but we're trying to" would be the unfortunate answers to those two questions, by the way.) But their dentist was mostly concerned with getting them comfortable with dental visits and didn't grill or drill 'em. Phew. Ree was pretty apprehensive. She was nominated (by her sister) to get in the chair first, and just wasn't quite sure about things. Ro was originally sitting across the room in BobBob's lap, but apparently felt the need to be in the midst of the action because she soon moved over right next to Ree. It was really cute when Ro held Ree's hand and also when the dentist would say things to Ree like "Is it ok if I tip the chair back now?" and Ree's eyes would widen and she'd shake her head no at the same time that Ro was vigorously nodding her head yes and saying "I do it! Lemme up there, I want to do it!" Ree is in the pink skirt (and was first in the dentist's chair), and Ro is in the orange skirt: (thumbnails, medium-sized pics, slideshow) Both girls were happy in the end, especially when they got goody bags filled with toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, stickers, and dentist tattoos. And both got the thumbs-up from their dentist, who said that their teeth looked excellent and we were all doing a good job of caring for them. Ro's old tooth stains (most likely from liquid vitamins she received in China as an infant) are completely gone, and Ree's two fused bottom teeth are just fine and don't point to any problems now or with her adult teeth. Little sweeties did great. And my heart just melted when I said to Ree "See, that wasn't so bad. You can face anything with your sister by your side," and she replied "Yeah, and your mama." Awwwww.