When I was 3 years old, I had my first trip to the dentist. My older sister, Heather, was there for her check up too, so I got to watch her exam before undergoing my own. I was relieved to know what to expect. It was the first of a lifetime full of great check ups for me. I proudly wore my No Cavities sticker on my sundress lapel so my dad could see it when he got home from work that night. I was so proud of that sticker, and in years since have often wished dentists gave adults No Cavities stickers. I would still rock that sticker.
Tomorrow is my 3 year old daughter's first dental check up, and I'm nervous for her. I know her teeth are healthy and that she'll be fine. We've talked about what to expect during her exam with Dr. Suzi and she knows mommy will be there at her side the whole time. But she doesn't have an older sister to blaze the trail for her, and I don't know if she'll be frightened or worried. I guess I'm the one who is frightened and worried, at least a little. It's a first for both of us, like many more to come as she grows up. And I love it. I hope I get a sticker.