Thursday, 11 September 2014

First trip to the dentist, and a blogger in training!

Like many people, a trip to the dentist is not on my list of fun things to do and something I have always put off until really necessary. Over the years I have had a lot of work done and as an adult its not only been an unpleasant experience but also an expensive one!

When I moved to  to Cyprus I was even less enthused about it, leaving the subsided NHS behind, figuring out a new system and probably paying more for the privilege  and then I eventually did battle with the general hospital for an appointment after losing half a tooth whilst pregnant.

I've used the general hospital since being here for everything from the kids injections, general doctors appointments and giving birth, going private has never been an option when the kids injections are free, and the everything else was just €2 (now €3 for general doctors and €6 to see a specialist).   The treatment itself was ok but the fact you cannot make a appointment is a nightmare and saw me sitting on a hard plastic chair outside the dentists's door for almost 5 hours.

Writing his own name on the registration form

When it came to the boys, this filled me with dread - knowing that Leo would possibly refuse to co-operate in the best of circumstances the thought of having to sit him there for so long first would never be a good start. Although I thought it would be good to get him in early before anything would need to be done I decided to put it off until 'another day'

I continued to put it off, including any more visits for myself until the last minute when I had such bad toothache I 'wanted to rip my own head off', I declared this one Saturday morning on facebook and was instantly directed to Loukia Stylianou, a local private dentist by a friend of mine.

After such great treatment I mentioned my un-enthusiasm to bring the boys for a visit and Loukia assured me that it would be fine to bring them and there would be no pressure on Leo to do anything.

Our first visit, several months ago was just Leo and I, and as predicted he was not that happy about it, he liked Loukia and spoke to her quite happily in Greek, and he was surprised and pleased when she gave him the form to fill in rather than me, but refused to get in the chair, and he refused to open his mouth. Not at all fazed by this Loukia let him 'drive' the chair, making it go up and down and back and forth. As well as that she gave him a mirror and got him to check her own teeth!

That was that for our first visit, but I was keen to improve on this so we recently went back, this time with Loukas and I explained to Leo that I needed him to help me write an article for the website. He took his camera and willing sat in the chair for a photo 'for the site'.  Loukas was loving it, and climbed on too a ride on the chair and Loukia was great with them both, putting on cartoons on the ceiling mounted tv and letting Leo press all the buttons and even work some of the equipment.

It didn't take long for him to open his mouth - all the while I was taking photos, and in the end he happily let her clean his teeth with the special whizzing toothbrush!

Loukas wasn't at all bothered by the chair or the noises but didn't want to be left out of anything so spent most of the time trying to climb up Leo and sit on him, this actually helped as Leo was keen to show his little brother what to do.

All the while Loukia spoke to Leo, rather than me and I think this made a big difference to him and he was pleased (as was I) when she told him he had good teeth and he must have been brushing them well, after a good discussion about how the tooth fairy had collected his first baby tooth, and a present of a small tube of toothpaste he left happily agreeing to go back in 6 months time, no doubt with his camera again for another blog post - who knew that my blog was going to be so useful!

Leo's mentioned his visit to the dentist several times since and I'm sure he'll be more than happy to go back next time.  I'm glad I took him before any problems he may get so his early dentist visits are positive ones.

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1 comment:

  1. Looks like a fab dentists and your posts always make me want to hop on a plane back to the motherland! Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts x


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