The kids go to their dentist, Safari of Smiles twice a year, unless they have more teeth coming in, than going out. Then they have to go several times and have teeth extracted. That’s right my kids’ baby teeth like to stay put and also my kids have no interest in wiggling loose teeth. Once we visited the dentist four times in two weeks. They asked if I was moving in. The way their office looks, I wouldn’t mind moving in.
Here is the front desk. The ladies who work behind here are very nice. You can read all about them here.
Here is a seat by the front door. It is guarded by a friendly snake and a stuffed-up tiger.
Notice the seat by the snake. All the adult seats are like that. Not too comfortable, but will do.
This place actually entertains the children with educational healthy teeth games. They have a seperate play room! My girls know just where it is and leave me the minute they walk in the door. I don’t see them again until it is time to leave. 🙂 I spend the time reading magazines. That’s the only time I get to read magazines. It’s almost like heaven.
Going into the play educational area is a really cool snake bench. I don’t think I have ever seen a kid go through there and not sit on that bench on the way in. lol Of course the adult benches are not so exciting.
They even have computer games in there! Of course the games are all about good dental health. I got to clean teeth and color a page. 😀 My oldest daughter kept telling me how to clean the teeth. I am so glad she was there to help me. Just don’t tell the dentist I was playing in the children’s game room. 😉
Below is the sink area. Now who wouldn’t want to brush their teeth here? I am thinking of redoing my bathroom. I could talk to those animals in the mirror all day long. They wouldn’t mind me brushing my teeth in front of them. They might even reply with a “GREAT JOB!”. That would be cool.
During the visit the kids get to relax on reclining child sized dental chairs. While their mouths are wide open and can’t speak (which is a good thing sometimes), they get to watch a movie in the ceiling! At my dentist all I get to see is the lights in the ceiling. So not fair.
Dr. Alvarez is kind, gentle, and firm with her patients. Our adult dentist recommended them to us when we had a bad experience with another pediatric dentist. I won’t go into details, but let’s just say Sir Son left them a present all over the dental chair and floor. I said, “good boy”. The son would not go to a dentist without having his father hold him the whole time. After one visit to Safari of smiles, he was good to go. He liked it and wanted to go back.
After the visit they get to pick a junk toy from a plastic tooth. I don’t get one. 😦 I even argued with the dentist telling her that I bring her my children, so she can practice pulling teeth. I spend ALL my money at her office. I almost live there! Do I get a toy? NO! I am not even allowed to be a patient there. I am so bummed. At least I get to catch up on my reading while there.
I never thought a dentist office could be so much fun. 🙂