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Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Trip to the Dentist: Reflux Strikes Again
I took both kids to the dentist today, and Nolan chose to go first. He climbed into the chair and let the hygienist clean and count his teeth. He is amazingly good at the dentist, probably because having teeth cleaned is a walk through the park compared to some of the things he goes through at the ENT's office. The dentist came in for a look, and both discussed a "soft spot" on his enamel that looks like acid damage.
"Does he have acid reflux?" they asked me.
Boy, does he ever. Words couldn't convey how severe his reflux is, so I just nodded my head.
I'm actually surprised that he's avoided dental issues with the level of reflux he has. Fortunately (for dental reasons) the airway reflux is less damaging to teeth. Still, his very breath has acid droplets in it and that eventually causes damage. He's also a tooth grinder, so his teeth are wearing away in the back. Lovely.
I get to take him back in tomorrow for his first "filling." They're actually billing it as a "sealant" because that is cheaper - we don't have dental insurance and the drilling will be minimal. They may be able to get away with no drilling, and simply seal over the soft spot. I am fervently hoping they won't need to drill. Fortunately, we caught the small area of decay early before it had a chance to do any real damage.
Of course, Matt was next. He was NOT so easy. They wanted to get his first set of dental X-rays, and Matt refused. This was as close to the machine as he would allow himself to get.
He balked at the machine for a full forty minutes. Forty. Minutes.
I would have given up long before those hygienists did. I'm pretty sure they're angels or something. They finally got Matt to bite the yellow stick and hold still for 15 seconds. We got the X-rays. His mouth is beautiful - no cavities! His adult front teeth are right there and should start to pop through soon. He has something they called "buckling," which I had as a kid, too. His adult teeth are coming in BEHIND his baby teeth. Mine did the same thing - I walked around with a double row of teeth for a while. It was kind of cool in the "I have shark teeth" sort of way.
They may have to pull his baby teeth if they don't loosen on their own - hopefully that won't be necessary. Because after the trauma of the dreaded X-Ray machine, I don't think any of us would live through a Pulling of the Teeth.
I think I owe those two hygienists chocolate. Or dinner out. Or a vacation to Hawaii. They put up with a lot today.
Nolan goes back in at 2:00 tomorrow afternoon. Matt, fortunately, doesn't have to go back in for another six months.