All She Wants…

Hello Friends,

Christmas songs have been on the airwaves since Halloween, but one in particular has caught our attention this season. After much wiggling, Sweetie lost her third tooth-top row, front left.

I know the song says that all she wants is her two front teeth, but she’s pretty excited anyway. And get this, when asked how much she thought she would get from the tooth fairy she said, “I’m not going to put this under my pillow. I want to keep all my baby teeth.” Lucky us?

One Dad-note from this situation: Wife and I were convinced this tooth was coming out last week so I tried pulling on it on two different nights. Feeling unsuccessful and unsure of my technique, I consulted the internet. On more than one page it said that teeth will come right out when they are ready. And when it was time that tooth fell right out, just from Sweetie playing with it and the adult tooth pushing from underneath. So if you’re not sure that your little ones’ wiggly tooth is ready to come out, be patient. Maybe even contact their dentist for advice.

So, thirteen days to go? We’ll see how festive that other tooth is feeling. Oh, and “PS”, it’s not really all she wants!

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More Summer, Less Teeth

Hello Friends,

big news here on the detour is that Sweetie has lost two of her baby teeth. Six months ago, while visiting our favorite dentist, Dr. Johnny, we learned that Sweetie’s two lower front teeth would come out soon. The magic of x-rays showed the adult teeth moving up. We monitored the teeth and celebrated when they started to wobble about three months ago. Then, last month, one of the two adult teeth broke through her gums, what her pediatrician called a “shark’s tooth” (so jealous I didn’t think of that). The second came through last week, just before our visit with Dr. Johnny, so we expected those baby teeth would come out.

Well, they did. After a thorough and otherwise uneventful check-up, Dr. Johnny offered to pull the little guys out. We had been hoping that they would just come out while Sweetie was eating (so we wouldn’t have to pull them). So yeah, we agreed it was best to have Dr. Johnny take care of it. Especially since he had a topical numbing gel and tools on hand.

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Dr. Johnny had Sweetie “help” by shaking her head back and forth while he held each tooth. They were out in seconds and she actually laughed afterward. He presented her with a very official plastic tooth fairy box for the tiny teeth. He even showed his cultural sensitivity by suggesting the Ratón (de los dientes) might be the one to come collect Sweetie’s teeth.

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Official Tooth Box

It was so easy and just like that she was chomping pizza for dinner. Big thanks to Dr. Johnny Kuttab, D.D.S (this is a link to my previous post / review of his practice),  and all of the staff at Sprout Pediatric Dentistry for their stellar pediatric dental care. Both Sweetie and the Cricket left laughing and happy. Oh, and the worried look on Sweetie’s face? That’s because I’m taking pictures while she is trying to watch the movie on the office television behind me.

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I am smiling, Dad!