Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Dentist: Round 2

We had a dentist appointment today. You can read about Jack's first experience here. Let's just say that I was a little anxious, but no where near how I felt the first go around.

I am so glad we took the time and sought out a dentist that is very familiar with preemie issues relating to teeth. We travel 3 hours to see her, but it's worth it. She was so encouraging! The verdict? Jack has no cavities, has normal preemie teeth discoloration, no decay, and his 2 year molars are still trying to come in. All this is a pretty good report for a kid who won't let us brush his teeth, was tube fed up until May of 2010, and was given drugs that essentially ruin baby teeth (life-saving drugs, no doubt).

We talked a lot about brushing Jack's teeth. It's one of those hard things where we have to weigh the benefit of brushing, with the progress he has made in the feeding therapy department. For a kid who has severe oral aversion (won't allow stuff in his mouth) and will gag and puke if a toothbrush is used... well, it was a good dental visit. He did gag and puke today, but it was toward the end of the appointment when we were pushing our luck and taking a bit more time than Jack would have liked for an instrument to be in his mouth.

The great thing is that he immediately drank a cup of water after puking! He never would have done that 6 months ago. Our boy rarely drinks, so that was cool to see.

Jack didn't get his teeth cleaned today. He is still a bit too young for that. When he does, I'm sure it will be under general anesthesia... unless he overcomes his fear. Either way, we'll do what we have to do.

As we left the appointment today, Jack said "bye bye". See ya in 6 months, doc!

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jaymie said...

We couldn't brush kanyons teeth either! He started eating when he was a little over 3 and would immediately let us brush his teeth. It seemed like once he decided eating was ok do was teeth brushing. Until then it just wasn't worth it with the aversions. It will come and in the mean time we thank GOD for the grace of giving out little boys super strong teeth!! :)

Angie said...

Yay for both of you! We have had major issues with my oldest and cavities and she was full term, so when I started learning about preemies and their teeth, I panicked!! I havent done too much research, do you have any info you can pass on? are there specific meds that cause more damage? our nicu never mentioned anything about their teeth. Luckily I've learned from other parents.

Samantha said...

Glad his teeth are doing well. I don't blame him for not tolerating the dental equipment in his mouth... I'm an adult and still freak out about it! :)

Our Beautiful Family said...

So glad there are no major problems! I am so sorry to hear that he puked though :( I sure hope he gets better about brushing his teeth.