sadie’s first dental appointment: pediatric smiles of orem


Dental appt:

I worked in the dental field for about 3 years before having Sadie.  Want to know how much I know about kids teeth? Nothing.  Seriously.

Sadie didn’t start teething until she was 11 months old.  She’s now got a mouth full of a chomps and a first time mom that has no idea what to do with them.  I mean… I know you brush them.  But what kind of toothpaste do you use?  Fluoride? No fluoride? Does she go to the dentist?  Is a pacifier going to mess up her teeth?  Does she HAVE to drink cow’s milk for her teeth to get the necessary calcium?  I had no idea.

Did you know that you should take your baby in for their first appointment between the ages of 18 months and 2 years?

I didn’t.

I mean, they only have like 6 teeth.  Why get them checked out, right?  Yeah… not so much.

Sadie and I had her first appointment at Pediatric Smiles of Orem last week.  I wasn’t sure what to expect or how important it was for me to take her in, but MAN… am I glad she did.

Here’s the skinny on the office.

If you are looking for a pediatric dentist in Utah County, you can’t find any better than these guys.  The doctor and the staff are AMAZING.  First off, the office itself is adorable.  It’s painted brightly and has a super cool fish tank, TV and train track.  They have a coloring station as well, which Sadie loved.  The front desk girls are so friendly.  I had a chance to talk with both Gemma and Katie and seriously, they act like you are old friends.  I appreciate that.  I hate crabby customer service.

Dental appt:

Once we were taken back to the exam room, I saw a TV in the ceiling playing cartoons and knew Sadie would like it there.  Each room is themed as well.  We were in the Tangled room.  Baby girl loved pointing at all of the wall decals and telling me who they were (and by telling me… I mean she spoke baby Japanese).  The assistant, Stephanie, told me exactly what would be happening in the appointment and what to expect.  She also answered all of my bazillion questions.

Then, Doctor Shepherd came in.  He did an amazing job at speaking kid lingo and making Sadie feel comfortable.    It was a quick appointment where he examined her teeth and tongue and then brushed them.  He also did a check to make sure everything looked normal.  It turns out Miss Sadie is actually tongue tied.  They gave me so much valuable information that I didn’t even have time to stress out about it.  I am so glad I decided to take Sadie in when I did, and to the office that I did.

first dental appt:

In the end, they gave Sadie a balloon and a coin to put in their prize machine (Brilliant idea!) afterwards, and she was such a happy camper!

Seriously guys, I can’t say enough good things about this office.  Thank you so much for taking such good care of my baby girl, Pediatric Smiles!

I learned so much through her first appointment, that I will actually be writing more posts on kid’s teeth.  I mean… I can’t be the only one out there with questions, right?!  I am excited to get feedback and see if you guys like the series!

**This is a sponsored post by Pediatric Smiles of Orem.  Although I was compensated, my honest opinion was given. 

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  1. Awesome! I need to stop putting this off!


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