We have only just started taking Jonny and Isaac to the dentist for regular checkups in the last year or so, although we do pay close attention to dental hygiene at home. So when Isaac had his first checkup at the age of 7, and had NO cavities, we were thrilled. Our joy was short-lived. Jonny’s checkup showed that he already had a cavity at the tender age of 4.
I asked the dentist if we could “keep an eye on it” since I didn’t want his first experience at the dentist marred by potentially painful dental work. The dentist reluctantly agreed. So Jonny had his second checkup this February, and guess what? Our one cavity had multiplied! There were now two – unfortunately on opposite sides of his mouth! Meanwhile, Isaac still had none. I didn’t get my first cavity until I was in my late 20’s!
At that point we realized we had to do something.
Jonny had his first filling back in March, except that it wasn’t one – he had two since the two cavities from February had multiplied again into FOUR! I don’t know why he is getting cavities at an exponential rate. I took him back last week to get the second two filled.
Jonny was unbelieveably well-behaved for both sets of fillings. The photo above is him waiting to be called back. His only comment to the dentist before the procedure this time was that he wanted it to be quicker than the last time. He took the shots like a pro – I still can’t believe it – and sat still the entire time and let the dentist do two fillings. Our dentist is such a nice guy too – he is really good with children even though he is not a pediatric dentist. Jonny did so well that he got a brand-new Pokemon game for his Game Boy as a reward. Here he is showing off his four new fillings:
We are being even more vigilant about Jonny’s teeth now. The dentist gave us a special fluoride gel to use after his regular nighttime tooth brushing. I hope it helps. I also worry a lot about Ben’s teeth. He isn’t keen on having those cleaned AT ALL since he hates to have anything in his mouth. We do our best, realizing that any kind of dental work for him will likely require sedation or general anesthesia.
In other (more pleasant) news, here are my three silly boys just before bedime tonight playing video games.