Turns out this brave boy really knows how to wow a dentist's office!
I'd been dreading this first trip to the dentist for at least a year, but Sam did awesome! Going to the pediatrician is always a different story, but he really impressed the dentist and all her staff. They thought he was hilarious, sweet and a great talker! They couldn't believe he made it through the full exam. The dentist told me they usually do lap-exams for first-timers this young, but he had no problem sitting in the chair, leaning back in it, wearing the bib and the special glasses.
He let them brush his teeth with the buzzing toothbrush tool, rinse his mouth with the sucker-thing, and take x-rays of all his teeth. And when they asked him how many teeth he thought he had, he guessed twenty, which was correct! They went crazy when he said that, but I promised them it was just a lucky guess! Best of all, he has perfect teeth with perfect spacing (likely to be a $$ saver for Mommy and Daddy) and no "sugar bugs". He even got his picture taken for the No Cavity Club board.
Everything was perfect until it was time to paint on the varnish. Then he kind of lost his cool. There was nothing scary about it - in fact, it should have been the least frightening part of the visit. They just paint some colorless wax stuff on with what looks like a kid's Crayola paintbrush. But at that point he'd just had enough. Mommy had to hold him down while they quickly painted his teeth with the "yucky stuff". Ask him how his dentist's visit was and this will be the first thing he tells you about, but overall he did great.
I'd promised him I'd take him out to get some seeds for his part of the garden if he made it through the visit, so off to Lowes we went for some flower seeds. Yea Sam! Hopefully we'll have the same success again in six months!