My oldest daughter is 9 months-old and knowing that she should see a dentist before age 1, I needed help to rally. If my daughter was legally mine and not in foster care, I probably wouldn’t take her. What’s the dentist going to do? Look at her two teeth, say she looks fine and then give me a lecture that I could find online anywhere? Can I really afford to lose a day’s pay for that?
I know, I know, that’s a TERRIBLE attitude. I’m working on it. In fact, I went to the American Dental Association (ADA) website, and I ended-up taking their “Baby and Kids, Fact or Fiction” quiz and failed. Here’s the questions I bombed:
“Babies get fevers while teething- Fiction. Contrary to popular belief, it is not normal for a teething baby to have a fever. Diarrhea and rashes are also not normal. If your infant has a fever or diarrhea while teething or continues to be cranky and uncomfortable, call your physician.”
“Diluting juice is better for your child’s teeth- Fiction. There’s a saying in the dental world that goes like this: “Snack and sip all day? Risk decay!” Don’t put your smile at risk by drinking too many sugary drinks. If you do drink something sweet, try and rinse your mouth with water afterward. Brush your teeth two times a day with a fluoride toothpaste.”
And while I answered correctly that Fact- Baby teeth are important, I really couldn’t have said why. However, the asnwer was “Baby teeth hold places in the mouth for adult teeth. When a baby tooth is lost too early, the permanent teeth can drift into the empty space and make it difficult to other adult teeth to find room when they come in.”
I also read through the section on Fluoride which led me to procrastinate at work with another hour of Fluoride research (Fluorite crystals are pretty!). Did you know that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers the fluoridation of water as ”one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century”?? So, according to the ADA, ”If you are not sure if your tap water has fluoride, contact your local or state health department or water supplier.” Finding that phone number and reaching an actual person is a 3-day assignment here in New York but I’m sure the local dentist would know. Now, I’m motivated- Dentist, dentist here we come!
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