Program Interrupted

Hello Friends,

today’s fun adventures were interrupted by a necessity – both Sweetie and Cricket were due for their six month dental cleaning. I would not choose to spend a beautiful afternoon at the dentist, but if we have to go, you know we’re going to see Dr. Johnny Kuttab. I’ve written about his practice, Sprout Pediatric Dentistry before, so you all know how much we appreciate the office, the staff and his bedside manner, but it is so worth repeating! We actually showed up an hour early for our appointments. The staff moved the appointments “in the system” and the girls were seen immediately. I’ll be hitting up Yelp to star them up, read on.

Today was one more happy visit at Sprout. One of the oral hygienists informed me that the office celebrated it’s 2-year anniversary in May (how do I not know this?) That explains the new giant “Lite-Brite” on the wall!

Yeah, yeah, I know it has an actual brand name. The girls thought it was amazing, whatever you want to call it. And it shows that Sprout continues to explore ways to make the office great for their young patients.

As always, the girls were relaxed during their exams, from the time they sat in their chairs until we left. Of course, some of that was due to Shrek playing on the televisions above their chairs. I’m not sure the girls even knew they were getting their teeth cleaned. The only tears of the visit came when Cricket did not get the erasure prize she wanted from the coin machine. In swooped her oral hygienist with more coins until we got that doughnut. So be warned: Sprout will treat your kids with respect, they will do a great job with their dental care and they will probably spoil them a bit too.

I asked Dr. Johnny if he had any dental advice that I could share, you know, “dental tidbits”. Today he reminded me that when I look at the girls’ dental health I need to look at the big picture. Explaining that “dentist” is his job, while “Dad” is his reality, he conceded that his children sometimes miss a brushing, and they eat sugar. But he practices brushing for two minutes, twice daily, as often as possible. Dr. Johnny showed this parent-dentist balance the very first time Sweetie saw him, and it was the first aspect of his care that I appreciated. His point was that all parents, dentist parents included, need to focus on the bigger picture of good oral hygiene and not be discouraged by occasional slip-ups.

I write this after every visit post, but this is not a sponsored blog post. My girls walk out of that office all smiles, and that means everything to me. I am confident in the care they receive and the advice I collect. If you are looking for a dentist for your kids, or if you don’t love your child’s current dentist, I say check out Dr. Johnny over at Sprout Pediatric Dentistry.

Sprout Pediatric Dentistry is so cool!

To be clear, these posts are completely self-serving – I want Dr. Johnny and Sprout Pediatric Dentistry to stay open for a good, long time.

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More Summer, Less Teeth

Hello Friends,

big news here on the detour is that Sweetie has lost two of her baby teeth. Six months ago, while visiting our favorite dentist, Dr. Johnny, we learned that Sweetie’s two lower front teeth would come out soon. The magic of x-rays showed the adult teeth moving up. We monitored the teeth and celebrated when they started to wobble about three months ago. Then, last month, one of the two adult teeth broke through her gums, what her pediatrician called a “shark’s tooth” (so jealous I didn’t think of that). The second came through last week, just before our visit with Dr. Johnny, so we expected those baby teeth would come out.

Well, they did. After a thorough and otherwise uneventful check-up, Dr. Johnny offered to pull the little guys out. We had been hoping that they would just come out while Sweetie was eating (so we wouldn’t have to pull them). So yeah, we agreed it was best to have Dr. Johnny take care of it. Especially since he had a topical numbing gel and tools on hand.

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Dr. Johnny had Sweetie “help” by shaking her head back and forth while he held each tooth. They were out in seconds and she actually laughed afterward. He presented her with a very official plastic tooth fairy box for the tiny teeth. He even showed his cultural sensitivity by suggesting the Ratón (de los dientes) might be the one to come collect Sweetie’s teeth.

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Official Tooth Box

It was so easy and just like that she was chomping pizza for dinner. Big thanks to Dr. Johnny Kuttab, D.D.S (this is a link to my previous post / review of his practice),  and all of the staff at Sprout Pediatric Dentistry for their stellar pediatric dental care. Both Sweetie and the Cricket left laughing and happy. Oh, and the worried look on Sweetie’s face? That’s because I’m taking pictures while she is trying to watch the movie on the office television behind me.

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I am smiling, Dad!