Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Dental Disappointment

I took Ella to the dentist this morning.  The last time she was there was in August of 2010 and they told us to come back in 1 year.   Her last visit consisted of her going into a back room, opening her mouth for about 2 seconds, and then they sent her on her way.  Today's visit was a little different.

This morning I told her the dentist is so fun and that they will make her open her mouth really wide, count all of her teeth, put a special potion on them, and brush them with a special tool.  She got really excited but then in the car she told me she didn't want to go to the dentist or into the special room.   I was a little nervous when they came to take her back, but she walked with them like she owned the place.  (I think the video games in the lobby erased any fears or anxiety she had about the dentist).  15 minutes later out came my happy, smiling daughter.  Then out came the dentist.  She told me that Ella has 1 cavity.  Total failure on my part.  I'm obsessed with brushing her teeth and I make sure she (really me) brushes them 2 times every day.  She has a small cavity on one of her bottom teeth.  The dentist explained that  the way the gum surrounds the tooth makes it really easy for food to get stuck in there and really hard to get out.  Now, I don't know if she told me this to make the look of disappointment disappear from my face or make me feel better, but she told me not to worry and acted like it wasn't a big deal.  I know it's not a big deal at all, but I'm a tad bit disappointed.  Now I know it's so small in the grand scheme of things that it practically doesn't exist, but my 3 year old has a cavity.  No bueno.  And this comes in time just for Halloween so I guess we're going sugar free at our house (David will be so excited) and passing out apples this year.  Just kidding.

Here's a picture from our visit today.  And no, I'm not the wacko mom who secretively snuck down the hall and took this picture while they weren't looking.  I'm not that crazy.  

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