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Fierce on The Page by Sage Cohen

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When Theo was diagnosed with his first two cavities at age six, the dentist scheduled a test-run appointment so we could walk through each step of the cavity-filling process and Theo would know exactly what to expect when he showed up for his actual appointment. My kiddo tested the laughing gas, felt the drill gently moving on his palm, witnessed a demonstration of how the filling sealant is applied and how quickly it dries, and reviewed the selection of videos he could choose from on the day of the procedure.

My son left his test-run appointment having demystified the whole realm of dental cavity intervention. He was hugely reassured that there would be no surprises he couldn’t handle. This set us up for a ...

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