My 17-month-old, Lila, had her first dentist appointment on Saturday. Gotta say, it went surprisingly well. She cried a little when the dentist gently checked out her mouth, but it wasn’t too hard to calm her down, and then she got distracted by Miss Spider playing on the TV on the ceiling.
I had one nagging concern going in: It looks like one of Lila’s front teeth is ever-so-slightly longer than the other. I was hoping the dentist would tell me this was all my imagination, but she confirmed the uneven choppers. It’s not that one is longer than the other, however—it’s that the shorter one was probably pushed up a little into her gums, most likely a result of “trauma.” Yikes. The dentist quickly reassured me that the kind of fall that could push a tooth back into the gums is actually extremely common, and that most times, the tooth makes its way back down to its rightful spot. (Of course I tried to think back on all of the spills Lila’s taken over these past few months as she’s learned to walk and run, and I can’t pinpoint which one might have been the culprit.) Anyway, we’ll keep an eye on it, and I need to watch for any signs of nerve damage, like if she seems to be really sensitive to ice pops or ice cream this summer.
Have any of your children experienced this? I’m curious to know how it turned out.
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