Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Skip this if you don't want to hear about our kid's teeth

We went to a pediatric dentist today. Just the appointment was traumatic in itself... Theodore HATES anyone messing with his mouth. It took three people holding him down to get an x-ray. He has about four cavities on his front teeth and a few spots on his molars that are soft.

Meaning, we get to go to the surgery center on Thursday where he will be put under general anesthesia to get them filled. Lovely. Also, we are strictly forbidden to night-nurse, ever. Sigh and tear and... dread.

The dentist said it was probably due to poor nutrition while his bones and teeth were developing during pregnancy. And considering for the first 20 weeks I was puking my guts out and eating tomato soup, saltines, and peppermint tea, I can see why we are having problems. If someone had told me back then my fetus needed calcium, vitamin D, and phosphorus to grow strong teeth and bones, I might have been able to force down some smoothies or ice cream or something. Well, better luck next time (insha'allah).

But... thanks Austin for the article. I would have never looked at his teeth if I hadn't read it.... and now we can avoid serious dental problems in the future because we are being proactive to fix the issue now. Phew.


  1. Poor Theodore! But I'm glad I know about that nutrition during pregnancy thing! I need to be better about forcing down a more balanced diet while pregnant.

    I say that now, but when you feel like dying it's kind of hard. We'll see.

    Freckles in April | a modest fashion and lifestyle blog

  2. What article did you read about kids teeth? I would be interested to read it. I brush Jade's teeth regularly, but I have no clue what to look for if there is a problem. Can you email me the link? Thanks.

  3. I'm curious about the article too. Can you send it to me as well. My little ones have not been to see a dentist but I wonder if they need to go. I know it is the recommendation but it all seems too traumatic.

  4. Oh my gosh! I had no idea they even did fil lings on babies. We brush alice's teeth but if I ever forget or worry that I am not doing a very good job (because it lasts about five seconds and then she pulls the toothbrush away and chews on it)I always think "well baby teeth just fall out". I hope everything goes well tomorrow. Good luck at-i-kee