Teeth. Teeth have been a problem lately. B-girl got a crack in one of her baby teeth and had to get it capped over the summer. Adult and baby teeth are coming and going faster than the downtown traffic. There is the B-girl's grinding problem that nothing can be done about until she is older. Then this past weekend, another tooth breaks the rules.
Yes , just when you think things are clipping along, your daughter wakes you up early on Saturday morning and says,
"Mom I don't think my new big tooth is supposed to be coming out where it is."
I say "It's okay honey let me see."
Her front baby tooth has been "wriggly" for a while. We have been trying to get it out but it wasn't a willing participant. When I looked inside her mouth I tried desperately not to appear shocked at what I saw. Virtually overnight, her adult tooth had popped out in some strange territory above the baby tooth. It was obviously unwilling to wait for the baby tooth to vacate the premises and decided to pop out in the wrong place way above and beyond where teeth are supposed to line up.
We tried to pull the baby tooth out to no avail. On Monday I called the dentist, got an emergency appointment and picked the B-girl up from school early. She was very happy to see me. I explained to her that we were going to the dentist to see about her tooth. She was glad to be going on an excursion with mom while the other kids were still at school. I was convinced she has some kinda' freak tooth complication never witnessed before in the northern hemisphere. As per usual, I calmly hid my alarm behind my motherly smile.
The dentist said he has seen "this type of thing before and usually after the baby tooth is pulled out the adult tooth goes where it is supposed to be...if not we deal with it later".
Deal with it later? My beautiful child has a big ole' incisor protruding out of her gums in the wrong place.
The dentist tells me, the B-girl and the dental assistant we have "no worries at this point".
At which point do I begin to worry? What if the tooth doesn't "fall back into position"? What if it is a rebellious tooth? I never could adopt the Scarlett O'Hara attitude of "I'll think about it tomorrow." I prefer to worry about everything now.
I proceed to extract a more detailed prognosis from the dentist and he seemed frustrated at my persistence. Wait and see was the final conclusion.
Let's face it...I had braces -- huge, shiny railroad tracks that hid my teeth for four years -- the kind of braces they don't even make anymore.
Will my baby have to have braces? My mother says she will have to have them because she knows everything when it comes to her B-girl. No one will know for sure until all the grown up teeth arrive.
We have to "wait and see how it all turns out".
So on this occasion the dentist pulled out the baby tooth and we were grateful.
On the way home B-girl was just happy to have a tooth to put out for the Tooth Fairy. The dentist also gave her a note for the Tooth Fairy to inform her the B-girl had her tooth pulled and just happens to be his best patient. I resolved that it is too early to tell anything about this tooth and let the fear go. She is healthy and that to me is all that matters.
Later that evening, in some kind of cosmic confusion, the Tooth Fairy accidentally left the B-girl two five dollar bills instead of the two single dollars in her wallet. It was dark and the tooth fairy had taken her contacts out.
Now the Tooth Fairy has no lunch money.