February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and it’s reminding me of the first time Keith and I took the twins to the dentist. They were only about a year old, with gummy smiles and just a few teeth popping through. We took them to a pediatric dentist in Colorado Springs, and I remember being surprised and excited by how different the experience was from when I was growing up.

I don’t think pediatric dentists even existed when I was a kid. I went to the same dentist my parents did, and I remember being in a sterile-looking room with scary tools and gross-tasting tooth products.

For today’s kids, going to the dentist is a whole different experience. Like most pediatric dental practices, our kids’ dental office here in Northern Virginia has a waiting room full of toys and books, toothpastes and fluoride treatments in a wide range of yummy flavors (think watermelon, chocolate, and grape), fun sunglasses for kids to wear during treatments, and a treasure chest of goodies they can choose from at the end of their appointments.

Little girl at dentist
Look how much fun she’s having!

This isn’t to say that all kids will magically start loving the dentist. Even with all of these diversions, Matt still has a lot of dental anxiety, and visits can be stressful. But we still take the kids for their checkups and cleanings every six months because dental health is so important. Luckily, none of the kids have had cavities yet, and we hope that by teaching them the importance of regular brushing and dental visits (we’re still working on flossing), we’ll instill in them good dental habits for life.

But of course, none of this would mean anything if the kids’ dentist and dental hygienists weren’t so wonderful. They are highly skilled and very friendly, patient, and gentle with the kids. It means the world to know that our children are getting great dental care without it being a traumatic experience for them.

To help aspiring dentists/dental hygienists and those who wish to work in academia afford a college education, Oklahoma dentist Karl Jobst, D.D.S. is offering a $1,000 scholarship to high school seniors who have been accepted into a U.S. college or university. Students from all majors and areas of study are encouraged to apply for the Karl Jobst Scholarship. For more information and an application form, visit Karl Jobst Grove OK. The submission deadline is May 1, 2018. Good luck to all who apply, and here’s to a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Karl Jobst, D.D.S.