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.


8 Responses to “Teeth”

  1. Misty (mason's mom) Says:

    LOL!! that pic of before bedtime is priceless! It’s like i’m in your living room and can hear the fun the boys are having. and little ben! what a cutie! he looks like he is having a blast!
    those cavities are no fun!!

  2. Misty (mason's mom) Says:

    I think you do a great job cutting ben’s hair!! we tried to cut mason’s and ended up giving him a bald spot!! (after his 1st hair cut…and so when we failed at trying to fix it, we went for back up with our family friend… uugghh! i need to learn how to cut hair! i tried to cut mike’s but i messed up and we had to shave him bald LOL! i hope all is well! belly rubs to baby 4 from CO!

  3. Heidi Says:

    Cute picture of their evening fun. Why do kids get so riled up before bedtime, anyhow? 😉

  4. Sonia Says:

    WOW, Jonny is brave, good for him! That last picture speaks more that a thousand words.. what fun!!

  5. ariel Says:

    Oh what a lovely photo of the htree cute boys…and look at ben hes grown a lot in that photo!

    I love the 2nd photo too of jonny…hes so adorable with his mouth open showin his fillin…

  6. Leah Says:

    Wow! For kids with DS we’re recommended to start at the dentist by the time they’re a year old (which is funny since many of them tend to have teeth coming in late.) None of my kids have any cavities, but we started with a pediatric dentist very early, and they get …ugh…I forgot the name of it…not flouride, but another coating that is put on the teeth to protect them from bacteria. This was especially helpful for Angela who has severe reflux and would have acid eating away at her teeth. Many pediatric dentists now use sedation dentistry as well. Angela has never had to be put out for a cleaning, but when she was little the pediatric dentist (who specialized in kids with disabilities) is fantastic about getting into her mouth without creating problems. She has had to have several teeth pulled under anesthesia though, and we just do it when she’s having other stuff done.

  7. Shana Van Cleave Says:

    Just a random blog lurker here, but one that is just starting a pediatric dental residency. Good job getting those teeth filled! Once the bacteria has started causing cavities in one family member’s mouth, it is easily transmitted to their other teeth (as you discovered happens pretty rapidly), but also to siblings, parents, etc. One of the best ways to keep our kids from having problems with tooth decay is to make sure we take care of our own (Moms and Dads) oral hygiene. So, Mom, make sure you are getting your check ups too!

  8. Shana Van Cleave Says:

    And P.S.
    We recommend ALL kids be seen by the dentist by age one… Not just DS kids, though their saliva is often less effective at preventing bacterial invasion.

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