My wife was very diligent in researching pediatric dentists and making a list of those who do sedated dentistry and have rights to practice at our local children's hospital. That turned out to be a pretty short list. But there was one dentist located near our home who fit all those requirements and is covered by our insurance. (Always important)
So this past week my daughter went this nearby dentist for her first checkup. We were very impressed with the outcome. The dentist was able to look into her mouth, check her teeth and get a good feel for her oral health. He didn't feel like she needed to be sedated and he just performed the exam in his regular office. My daughter was pretty upset during the actual exam, but she calmed down okay afterward. The dentist let her pick a prize and she was all good after that point. That evening when I got home from work my little one proudly displayed the glasses and trick nose she'd selected from the toy bin.
My daughter's teeth appeared to be pretty healthy. The dentist didn't see any sign of her upper canine teeth that just never came in. This has caused some wide spaces between her top front teeth, but they don't pose any problem. You can see the gaps in her top teeth in the picture at the top of this post. The dentist asked us to begin flossing the teeth that don't have the big spaces to prevent any food getting trapped in there. Seems like a good idea but I'll admit that flossing seems daunting considering the struggle we have just to brush. We'll give it our best shot though. We're thinking of trying one of those flossing tools that have a handle to prevent losing any fingers.
So the first visit went well, my daughter's teeth looked good and we'll start into a regular, twice yearly cycle to keep her teeth healthy.