Our son lost his first tooth when he was five years old. I was simply wiping his face and it fell out right into his hand. Infuriated with me, he stormed out of the bathroom and demanded that I call our dentist immediately so that he could “pop” it back in. It took everything in me not to burst into tears laughing.
“Your teeth are supposed to fall out sweetie. Then you grow adult teeth.”
“I don’t want to grow up! I want to stay just a kid!”
“You’re not going to grow up right away.”
“I’m just a kid! Put my baby tooth back!”
“Do you know what happens with your baby tooth? You put it under your pillow and the tooth fairy comes and takes it. Then she leaves you money.”
“She leaves money for me?”
“Yup. And you can do whatever you want with it because it’s yours.”
His eyes lit up like a Las Vegas casino sign and practically shoved his entire hand in his mouth and began wiggling all the other teeth, “I fink dis one is oose too. Ooo dis one too. I’m gonna be wich!!”
That night, I crafted a special note and slipped it under his pillow along with a toonie and swapped it for his teeny tiny tooth. When he woke up in the morning, I could hear him gasp. He ran into my room shouting, “Momma! Daddy! She came to our house! Look she left me a note! I can’t read it! What does it say?”
It was magical to see the beginning of his transforming smile.
My son loves his toothless smile. He thinks that it makes him look like a real professional hockey player! A few weeks ago we made a trip to the dentist to get him fitted with a new mouth guard. When he opened his mouth, the dentist jumped back and said, “Goodness gracious! We’ve got nothing left to protect in there!”
A lot of people don’t realize this but dentists are so much more than just making sure that you are doing a good job at brushing and flossing. Your dentist can actually help detect, diagnose, and treat/prevent problems you might not even know about such the condition of your gums, such as periodontal pockets, inflammation or other signs of gum disease, early signs of mouth or throat cancer, and so on.
Poor oral health can affect your quality of life including a person’s physical, mental and social well-being which is why we have to be proactive!
Here are some simple ways in which we can keep our smiles happy and healthy:
- Brushing for 2-3 minutes at least twice a day to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. It may seem like a long time, especially for a small child, but there are ways in which you can make it fun. My son has a special app on the iPad that plays a song along with a quirky video for exactly 2 minutes. When the song is done, so is the brushing and he earns a fun virtual sticker to put in his virtual sticker book.
- Eating a balanced diet that includes whole grains, fruits & veggies, and lean meats.
- Wearing a mouth guard when playing sports or other aggressive activities. You can have custom fitted mouth guards made at the dentist office (depending if they offer this service). I find that these work beautifully for our son. It doesn’t cause him to “gag” like the store bought ones and they last much longer. They are also surprisingly inexpensive.
- Reducing your risks caused from stress, smoking and drug use.
- Seeing your dentist regularly.
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