I have five children. They each have a mouth. As their mother, I am responsible for their healthcare, including the healthcare of their mouths. I am fastidious with making sure the children see the dentist every six months. I believe these dental visits are necessary.
We are blessed with very good dental insurance through my husband’s employer. The children’s checkups cost me absolutely nothing, which is a blessing.
I never even bothered taking the children to the local dentist. Out here, we have ONE local dentist. (I think perhaps we have a second dentist now.) I go there myself because I have to. For me to leave my kids and go to the dentist it needs to be a quick thing. I can’t go on a road trip. I can’t take them with me. Bottom line here is that I was familiar enough with the local dentist to know that I didn’t want to take my kids there. This is for two main reasons. First, they hardly ever have the same dentist and staff. Rural medical places have very difficult times keeping their staff. Secondly, they hardly see any children. We have had other “bad” experiences with medical personnel who rarely see children.
I take my children to a specifically pediatric dentist. They are on the edge of Colorado Springs. Being that I have such a long drive to get to the “city” (if you can call Colorado Springs a city… it’s really a town… New York is a city) it is important that I don’t have to go to deeply into the “city”. It makes a big difference. They also only do children.
They have one big dental room for examinations. It has four dental chairs. A dental nurse takes each child. They can do all of the children at once. The actual dentist then makes her rounds to each child.
It’s kind of like a factory.
If I had one kid, I’d probably hate this dentist because the factory aspect of it. But for me with my little brood, the factory dentist works wonderfully. They let me schedule the appointments all at the same time (a huge convenience with a bunch of children). Because the children are all seen simultaneously, it is a lot easier for me to accomplish this trip by myself. My husband does not have to use some of his precious time off to do these routine checkups. Taking five children for their dental checkups takes me about 45 minutes, loading in and out of car seats included. 45 minutes every six months is something I can handle easily. (Although this time does not include the actual drive there.)
“There was an old woman who lived in a shoe who had so many children she didn’t know what to do.” I’m not her. Taking my children to the “factory” pediatric dentist is one thing that I do “know what to do” to make things a little bit easier. There have been no cavities so far for any of the children. I call that success.
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