Fear of the Unknown

Maxine is very comfortable visiting the dentist since she had a very pleasant first-time when she was two something; she’s four now. So for their annual check-up, we brought two year old Maia along for her very first. The night before I read her a book, A Visit to the Dentist, and briefed her of what was going to happen…

“Maia, we’re gonna visit a friend, Tito Jay. He will check your teeth with a tiny mirror and count them like this…”

“No. Mama o-yee.” It means, Mama only is allowed to touch her teeth.

“…He’ll remove the icky worms stuck on your teeth if there’s any… And he’ll give you a nice balloon!”

“No! Mama O-YEEEE!!!”

So the next day, Max had cleaning, had a hole filled behind her two front teeth and sealants placed on her molars, as easy as a pie!

But with Maia, it was not at all pleasant. The moment she saw the dentist on a surgical cap, she hid behind her Daddy and has gone haywire. Argh! Scaredy-cat! Why is she so much like me?


Dr. Jay explained Maia’s behavior as a Fear of the Unknown. Children usually wonder why they have to visit the dentist, since it does not happen usually. It’s just a matter of being familiar to the unfamiliar.

No pictures happened during her first dental check-up 😦 as her Dad and I were both with her *eyeroll*. She got her balloon though.

Babinski Mama Mae

Facade of Tooth Fairy Dental Clinic

P.S.
Dr. Jay is very good with handling children. I found his info from a parenting forum when I was desperately looking for a pedia dentist, and all the moms were raving about him (he is not a pedia dent but he has learned how to handle children based on experiences). I chose him because he doesn’t need to use general anesthesia to keep kids still unlike other pedia dent I inquired about. He uses psychological method like making kids touch the tools, explaining patiently with analogy what each tool is for, etc… :-). On our first visit, there was a four year old girl who just had two bad, rotting molars surgically removed, without a fuss! Her mom also found out about the clinic from a forum. For those who are interested, here’s the address:
Tooth Fairy Dental Clinic
1091-A Tablante Bldg., Rodriguez St., Bangkal, Makati City
Contact Numbers (02)4587232, (02)4820887, (63)922.6905276
A little bit of warning to the moms: I always need someone to drive me there. I’m poor with obeying one-way signs and parallel-parking in eskinitas.

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2 Responses to “Fear of the Unknown”

  1. Cath Says:

    Love this article, Mae!

    I have been wondering which pedia dentist Chiara has to go to for the longest time! Lo and behold! I’ve found this: such a lifesaver, mare! Super thanks for all the info! ^^,

    Kisses to the girls and to you!

    Hope to see you soon!

    • Babinski Mama Says:

      Hi Mama Cath! I’m glad this helped. Maxine was 2.5 y.o. on her first dental visit. For our first appointment, it was all familiarization – she let Max touch and “play” with her tools, etc. Second appointment was manual cleaning. Then third is the actual mechanical thing (or how do you say that), with drills and all (it’s painless promise as he uses very fine tips). Dr. Jay would ask Max’s permission first before he did anything, like, “Max, okay lang ba if we spray water on your teeth?” If she said no, then he wouldn’t do it. Hope everything would turn okay with baby Chiara! 🙂 Miss you guys.

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