1st trip to ped dentist, can i VENT??
today i took dd to her first visit with a ped dentist. she is 15 mos. and has 14 teeth, so i thought i'd be really on top of things and make an appointment and get myself educated about how to care for her little teeth. i also wanted to see if they could do anythign about the stains on her 4 top front teeth that she got as a result of a iron supplement we gave her for anemia (from about 8-10 months old).
first of all, i walk in the office and there is not a single toy in the waiting room. this is a PEDIATRIC dentist, folks. there weren't even any kids magazines. just a tv set (way up high, and turned down really low so you couldn't even hear it) tuned to the cartoon network. secondly, the receptionist was a nasty nasty woman. she acted like it was a big hassle for her to answer a single question or copy my insurance card.
but it gets way worse (or i wouldn't be here venting!) i wrote on the info card that dd is nursing 6-7x/day. becausei thought that was important info for a dentist to know. well, the dental assistant who takes up in to the office immediately looks at the iron stains ans says, "that could be decay. you should stop breastfeeding immediately." i told her in no uncertain terms that that was out of the question. she said that the "acid in the milk" is causing her teeth to decay (she hadn't even looked at her teeth closely, just glanced at the stains). and ACID in my milk?? sheesh. maybe she should educate herself before she makes such broad statements, eh? so than she's hostile to me for the rest of the appointment, i nearly walked out. ooh, and this part is good, she says, "what does her pediatrician say?" (about nursing) and i reply, "she's fully supportive of (dd) nursing for as long as she wants, and so are the american academy of pediatrics, by the way!"
then some other woman came in (maybe she was another dentist in the practice? i'm not sure because she didn't bother to introduce herself). but she looked at dd's xrays and her teeth and said they looked terrific. not a bit of decay. then the assistant polishes her teeth and the iron stains mostly disappear (smilemomma: they weren't permanent!! hooray!)
anyway, we never got to see the dentist. he didn't even stop in and introduce himself. the evil assistant "insisted" that i make another appointment for dd in 6 months, and i told her i'd call her in 6 months. HA. like we'll go back there.
i'm so frustrated and angry. :mad: i may write a scathing letter to the dentist and enclose some studies on breastfeeding benefits to chidren's developing jaws, etc. mostly i'm mad for all the women who aren't as well informed as i am, who may actually wean their babes on the spot because this boob ('scuse the pun!) is telling them it's gonna rot their kids teeth.
thanks for listenign folks. and if you know a good ped dentist in the san francisco area, please let me know!