Little Miss Drama

Joaqui’s Firsts: Dental Visit

on September 11, 2013

Joaqui’s pediatrician has recommended that I take Joaqui to his first dentist appointment the moment he turned one. Mike and Maggie, Joaqui’s ninong and ninang, have also suggested the same thing for fluoride application.  They were also the ones who advised me which non-fluoride toothpaste I could use for my son the moment his tooth started coming out one by one. It is recommended to use a toothpaste without fluoride for your toddler because swallowing too much of fluoride over time can lead to a condition called fluorosis, which can cause white spots to show up on your child’s adult teeth.  This is why it’s important not to use too much toothpaste, especially before your child learns to rinse and spit it out.

Until now, Joaqui is still using Earth’s Best Strawberry & Banana Toothpaste which I bought from Healthy Options. It’s quite expensive for a toothpaste. It costs around Php500. However, you can use it for a long time.

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Photo from Earth’s Best website

I recently found out that there are actually other toothpaste options available in the market now for babies which also do not have fluoride. There’s Pigeon which only costs around Php100 in The Landmark and Colgate for Php200 in some online websites.

Two months ago, after searching the web for pediatric dentists near our place, I finally decided to take Joaqui to Little Ones Dental Clinic at SM Megamall. I specifically looked for a pediatric dentist because he/she would have an additional training in caring for children’s oral health. He/She will also be prepared to deal with any squirming or hollering child on the dental chair, and there would be a waiting room filled with distractions such as kids books and toys.

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Photo from Little Ones Dental Clinic website

Joaqui fell asleep on our way to the clinic and eventually woke up while we were still waiting for our turn. He was so engrossed from watching the TV showing the Ice Age movie in the clinic when we were called in. The dentist had a look at his teeth and told me we would still be waiting for 8 more teeth to come out. Fluoride was also applied.

When his teeth were still being cleaned, Joaqui was just quiet and behaved. But by the time fluoride was already being applied, he was already kicking and crying that we had to stop from time to time.

After a few minutes, we were finally done and Joaqui is back to his old happy self with a cleaner set of teeth. 😀 The dentist told me to just keep brushing his teeth every time because his teeth are still perfect. We would have to come back after 6 months for another fluoride application.

Check up fee costs Php500 and the fluoride application costs Php1,700.

I know I have to look for a pediatric dentist which is a bit cheaper than Little Ones, perhaps a clinic that is not located in a shopping mall. But while I try to search for other options, we would be sticking with this one for the meantime.

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