The other night Kay was sitting next to me on the couch playing with a Duplo block. Or to be more exact, she was mouthing a block. I noticed she had it in her mouth and did the quick “Is it chokable?” calculations in my head. It was too big to swallow, wasn’t going to break, so I let it go. A few seconds later Kay yelped and grabbed at her teeth. I looked in her mouth and saw that she’d chipped one of her bottom teeth. Huge mommy fail!
Ack! I felt so bad that Kay broke her tooth on my watch. I never would have thought she could chip a tooth that way. It’s not like she fell down or got hit in the mouth. I don’t think she was even chomping on the block that hard! But when I took her to see our local pediatric dentist and said she’d chipped her tooth biting on a toy, the dentist immediately asked, “Was it a Lego?” So apparently this is not an uncommon dental injury. Wish I’d known this before!
The dentist took a look at Kay’s tooth and assured me it was a very minor chip and there weren’t any sharp edges or additional cracks. She didn’t even see the need to file the edge down. Thankfully it’s one of her bottom teeth. Unless you pull down the lip you can’t even see it. I do need to keep an eye on it for any discolouration in the next few weeks which could indicate nerve damage, but that’s pretty unlikely considering how minor the chip is.
I was surprised and impressed by how well Kay tolerated having her mouth examined. I’m used to cajoling and bribing Tee just to open her mouth for the dentist, so I was totally amazed by how cooperative Kay was. The dentist remarked that she was the most cooperative toddler they’d seen all day. Kay seemed to like the dentist and hygienist, and smiled through the whole visit. (She got an Elmo sticker for being such a great patient, and that’s when she learned to say “Eh-mo” for the first time.) I really hope this positive attitude carries through to her next dental checkup.
Have your kids ever chipped a tooth? How do they handle visits to the dentist?