As often as I’ve written about dental health on this blog, I have not always practiced what I preach. While I make sure my kids always brush their teeth, I do have to regretfully admit that until recently none of my boys have ever been to the dentist. If I’m honest, I didn’t really see a point. It was only after reading someone else’s blog about how their five year old had to have a root canal (WHAT?!) that I realized that it was important to get my kids seen by a professional. I didn’t really expect any problems, but even so – I knew it was in their best interest to have them looked at. If for no other reason than to make sure they don’t develop a fear of dentists!
I always loved going to the dentist when I was young. I never had any issues with my teeth, and I enjoyed the clean feeling I had after I went. I ended up needing braces when I was in my teens, and I was mortified when after all that, my wisdom teeth came in and pushed my front teeth all out of alignment! I never had a single cavity until I got pregnant with my oldest son. I ended up having it filled in the UK (where I lived at the time) and I was so depressed. But I’ve taken good care of my teeth since then. But with two further pregnancies, I knew I probably was going to have to deal with yet another cavity.
To make a long story short, after a lot of procrastination, I FINALLY booked us all in for dentist appointments recently. And I’m so glad I did. We started out with Mark and I getting seen while the kids were in school. We found out that Mark needed a root canal, and I needed a filling. I was also told that I needed my wisdom teeth out. I was TERRIFIED. But we booked new appointments to have our work done, and we returned a few days later – this time with the kids.
Dex was up first. At four and a half, I was really concerned about how he’d react. He is known to be QUITE scared by things. Bad experiences with doctors in the past made him wary of anyone in a white coat. But amazingly, he was a little rock star!
He wasn’t phased at all! He loved having the dentist look inside his mouth, give him a cleaning and even take x-rays! I was so proud that I actually cried. He was so brave and bright, and it made me so happy. Of course, it wasn’t all good news – it turned out that he had a small cavity. The doctor suggested he come back in a few days and have it filled. My heart sank. Would he be able to deal with drills?!
I figured I’d worry about it later because now it was Dan’s turn. I didn’t really worry too much about him because he’s my fearless child. He never gets upset about anything, and he loves meeting new people. I figured this one would be a breeze.
I was wrong.
Dan freaked out. Even with Mark sitting with him and Dexter telling him it’d be alright and that it wasn’t scary, he just refused to let the doctor even look in his mouth. For his part, our dentist just said that he was still little so it’s unlikely he has cavities. He wanted to be sure he had a good experience, so he didn’t push him.
Finally it was my turn. Mark left to take the kids to daycare and I hunkered down to have my filling done. I hoped that Mark would get back in time to help me through the extractions, and thankfully he was. Unfortunately even with gas and Novocaine, I could still feel what was happening, so the dentist ended up having to give me a ton of extra shots right into my palate. I ended up thinking I was choking and dry heaving. It was not pleasant. But after a lot of time and patience, things settled and my teeth were removed with no issues. I spent the rest of the day with a VERY numb mouth and a lot of bleeding, but it could have been worse.
Finally it was Mark’s turn. I watched as they drilled out his tooth, inserted weird sticks into his gums to clean it out and finally filled it back up again with a temporary filling. It all took hours, but it was really interesting.
I was annoyed, though, as I was in agony for days and Mark had no pain at all! Lucky guy!
A few days later we finally returned with Dexter for his filling. Once again, I was full of worry about how he’d deal. He doesn’t like loud noises, so I was scared that the drill would be too much for him. But they gave him headphones and a TV on the ceiling playing his favorite show, and he was oblivious. I was also worried how he’d deal with getting a shot, so the dentist said he’d just go ahead and try it without a shot.
Amazingly, Dex got his entire tooth drilled out and filled without a single bit of anesthesia! My kid is hardcore. He was just looking forward to his toy from the treasure chest after the visit.
Because of all these issues we all faced, it gave us a great chance to talk to the kids about the importance of brushing and flossing. We sat them down and discussed how cavities come to be and how we can make sure to keep our teeth in tip top shape. As part of our discussion, we presented the boys with their very own Firefly® Star Wars™ Lightsaber Toothbrushes!
These things are SO cool. My little Padawans immediately opened them up and began doing battle with them. They are like toys that actually make life easier!
Firefly®, the leader in children’s oral care solutions, designed the new toothbrush to look and sound just like a lightsaber from the Star Wars™ films. Featuring flashing lights, sound effects, and voices from popular characters, this brush will help transform brush time into playtime so parents no longer have to pull a Jedi mind trick to get kids to brush their teeth!
The new Firefly® Star Wars™ Lightsaber toothbrush is available in two characters – Obi Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader – giving fans the option of choosing the light side or the dark side. The toothbrushes light up with the press of a button for 60 seconds, along with light saber sounds and character voices. This entertains and helps guide little ones so they know just how long to brush each row of teeth as they fight to keep the dark side of cavities away.
The Firefly® Lightsaber toothbrush comes with a no-mess protective cap that covers and shields the lightsaber brush from lurking bathroom countertop debris, and also helps keep the bathroom clean.
Since we got these brushes, the boys have taken EVERY opportunity to brush their teeth. They ask all the time if they can do it, and we’ve actually had to hide them on a high shelf so that they can’t just brush all the time! They truly enjoy the process now. Whereas before we had to remind them, now they are right on top of it. They love to press the button and listen to the awesome Star Wars™ sounds and voices. And at night before bed, they insist on brushing their teeth in the dark so they can use the light up brushes to fight each other. It’s super adorable.
The only trouble I have now is that Mark, my THIRTY SIX year old husband, is jealous and wants his own cool toothbrush! Maybe one day…
To celebrate bringing galactic fun to kids as they develop healthy habits, Firefly® has launched a Brush Battle Sweepstakes on the brand’s Facebook page. Now through June 30, 2015, parents may enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip for four to an awesome theme park in California and check out the new Star Wars™ themed area. See the Facebook page for more details.
For more information about Firefly®, including where to find the new Star Wars™ Lightsaber toothbrush, visit fireflytoothbrush.com. Be sure to join the conversation with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and share your #BrushBattle stories!
We received two free toothbrushes for the purposes of this post. No other compensation was received and all opinions are our own.