I was pleased see that we use the same toothpaste at home as they do at the office - Tom's of Maine Silly Strawberry with fluoride.
Our dental assistant rocked, and let Jack play with all the "stuff". She said that most kids won't even sit in the chair, let alone touch anything, so she was uber impressed with Jack. She was so impressed with him, that she sent in other dental assistants to "check out her 16 month old star patient". It may have just been something they do to every kid to make the parent's feel special...if so, it works. HA!
Jack hanging out with Sue getting some schooling on the various tools:
Jack channeling Hunter S. Thompson:
He did so well that she let him pick a stuffed animal AND a sticker! The bear's name is "denty" because we're not creative in naming his toys.
I think he was so comfortable at the dentist, because we read him this book for about 3-4 weeks leading up to his visit. I got it at the library, and I think it helped because he knew what to expect, etc.