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Two Come In, and One (Finally) Comes Out

The tooth finally came out!It’s an exciting time in our little dental world. Paul is in the thick of teething, having just cut his first two bottom teeth. We’re doing our best with alleviating his pain naturally, and making him as comfortable as possible during this very “ouchie” oral time.

And on the other end of the spectrum, my oldest daughter, just lost her first top tooth last night!

Friends, this is a really big deal. This tooth should have come out a week ago, but she refused to pull it; letting it hang on in her mouth till the nasty end. And yes, I even tried bribing her with a big bowl of ice cream if she would just get on with it and pull it out! (shockingly, it didn’t work)

But her refusal to pull the extremely lose tooth that was begging to be put out of it’s misery, finally started to effect her oral hygiene.

Because she was scared of it falling out, she started getting sneaky, and I found out she was skipping the morning brush routine. She didn’t want to “bump” the loose tooth with the toothbrush, because it would hurt. And when she did brush, she would totally avoid the entire are surrounding the loose tooth, which in turn started to affect the cleanliness of her whole mouth.

So at the end of the day, even though she’s almost eight years old, we started to closely monitor her brushing. Something we haven’t done in a year or two.

We would watch and make sure she brushed for at least 60 seconds, which sometimes felt like eternity. And she would have to give us a big grin after the swish n spit, to make sure everything looked clean.

Last night the tooth finally came out on it’s own, when she bit into a cherry. I literally heard the crack of the tooth coming out from across the table. Let’s just say cherry pits aren’t as soft as they used to be.

But her new smile, oh I adore it so. We have teeth coming in, and we have teeth coming out. It’s an exciting time!

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