Every year ’round these parts the local dental school sends a truck to public schools and offers parents low cost sealants and fluoride treatments as a way to give dental students experience with kids and kids a better chance at shiny, happy, cavity free chompers. I have always been a big believer in good oral hygiene for so many reasons so when I got a letter from the dental school saying that Addie’s teeth were unsealable and in horrid condition I was slightly shocked.
Not only that they proclaimed her teeth to be in awful condition, but that they would send such a judgement filled letter home with my kid.
I shrugged my shoulders, made her an appointment with a regular dentist and kept on doing what we had always been doing.
Guess what the dentist had to say?
That her teeth are fine.
She has one tiny cavity on a baby tooth (she got my super bumpy molars) and she will need a sealant on the permanent molar that has poked its way through her gums, but other than that? She left with a glowing bill of health and praise on her oral maintenance.
Shows what you know dental students.
Addie does use a Sonicare for Kids toothbrush, truly the easiest way to get that kid to brush for a full two minutes without complaint (same goes for my husband.) I’ll admit to not being super vigilant about her toothbrushing skills in her early tooth owning years…but it only took one face full of morning breath from that kid as she shared my pillow to change that bad habit.
Anybody else had a similar experience with the mobile dental truck of possibly clueless dental students?