in my moment of feeling like the worst parent on earth.
We brush teeth like everyone else but I am not been able to afford to take the kids for the 6 month checkups that they are supposed to have, if I am honest it has been a while since they have been to the dentist. But the week of Christmas Rachel complained of one molar being sore when it was brushed, no other time just when brushed. All dentists were closed except for emergencies and it did not bother her the rest of the time so we wait for today when we could get an appointment.
Yme took her as I was waiting for the new deep freeze my mom bought us for Christmas to arrive and I thought she might be better and make less fuss if mom was not there. Well I got a phone call from Yme and with the sounds of Rachel sobbing in the background he says that the tooth has to come out and she is frantic.
I got in the car and went to help. A lovely lady dentist would was very very kind explained that the hole was between the teeth and even filling it would leave root and nerve exposed and sore. She had to have it pulled and then she said that on the x-ray Rachel’s 4 front teeth are not loose and the big teeth are behind the baby roots so not pushing them out, either we had to wriggle them loose and monitor them over the next few months or they had to come out too.
Rachel was a bit frantic about the tooth extraction and the dentist said that she did not want to work on a child who was so upset and that maybe we should think of having it done in theater under general anesthetic and have the front 4 pulled at the same time! Poor child those are great options. Pull now or op later. I kept think there is no way in hell that I can afford theater and that we will just wiggle those teeth like mad, but for now I had to calm her down so that we could do the extraction.
She did agree that she would rather have it done then than have to go to hospital and after much talking and calming and hand holding and crying it was done. The good news is that the rest of the teeth are fine. The dentist said it was between the teeth because of not enough flossing.
Please please tell me that I am not alone in not having flossed my children’s teeth every night?
and how often do your kids go to the dentist and have they ever had holes in their teeth?
Gosh I just feel like a parenting failure