Thursday, October 05, 2006

Protecting Tiny Teeth

Today, I took my almost-three twins to the dentist for the first time. Besides getting swarmed by fire ants in the parking lot, it turned out to be a very pleasant experience for both of them! Don't you love pediatric dentists who make it fun for the kids? How I wish they'd been around when I was young! My kids had so much fun that Caleb was begging me all day to take him back. We were there because one of Austen's front teeth was beginning to turn gray. Did you know that it's possible to "bruise" your teeth? The dentist said he most likely bumped his tooth on something, and it broke little blood vessels that are inside the tooth, causing it to "bruise from within." Fortunately, the tooth isn't loose or broken, and Austen is in no pain. The dentist said it would most likely heal on its own and return to its normal color, but to watch it because it is more prone to developing an abscess, which could necessitate removal of the tooth. Hopefully, it won't come to that, but it was reassuring to find out that this gray tooth was most likely a temporary thing. Anyway, today's note is just a reminder to make sure that you're taking care of your kids' precious teeth! Have them brush twice a day with a little bit of toothpaste, and schedule them for their first dental exam at the age of three. (My boys will be heading back for theirs in January.) Most of all, make sure you select a pediatric dentist who will make it a positive experience for your child. Your child will pick up on your own "vibes" about going to the dentist, so be sure to have a smile in your voice when you talk about going to the dentist.

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