Not wanting to make the same mistake with Maddie’s teeth as we did with Warren’s, we decided to have her visit the dentist earlier rather than later. It went just as we expected. She absolutely refused to let the dentist even peek in her mouth.
Colin took her to the appointment and sat with her in the chair. That minimized the damage somewhat, but there was still crying. And stubborn rejection of any attempts to check her teeth. The dentist was smart and gave Colin a minute alone with Maddie to calm her down. She at least allowed Dad to count her teeth at that point. All 20 baby teeth are now in, so she has a full mouth.
Despite her protests, she was still able to walk out with a toy (a pinwheel with a smiling tooth in the center) and a new toothbrush (Cookie Monster). Not a bad deal for relatively no dental work performed.