Kaia went back to the dentist today for a full cleaning and check up. Please note this was her very first check up. She has had dental insurance since she was 3, but I haven't made it a point to take her in. I knew I should, her doctor has told me that she should have regular visits, I always meant to make that appointmetn but I procrastinated. It may have something to do with the fact that I haven't been to the dentist in 12 years. Maybe?
But today Kaia went to the dentist. She got to watch the corny videos where the uncle dog takes his nephew to the dental clinic so he could learn all about it before his first appointment. The whole time I'm watching it, I'm thinking: I sure hope that is a set, and not a real clinic because those dogs are touching everything. Kaia enjoyed it though. Upon viewing her gray teeth again, the dentist said that there is a third one changing colors, which I had thought, and that it was dying too. None are loose though, and her gums still are healthy.
The "Bad Mommy" moment came when we discovered she has 3 cavities, and one spot that could become a cavity. This has nothing to do with Kaia's poor oral care either, none of the cavities are where her toothbrush reaches. They are all flossing area cavities. A certain mommy got tired of having the dental floss strung from one end of the house to another, and she put the dental floss up. Then she forgot to pull it out for Kaia to floss with like she had been, even though Kaia wasn't really the culprit to the mess (although she quite often left her used floss on the counter next to the sink).
We scheduled Kaia's first filling on Presidents' Day (way to celebrate!) and came home with a bag of goodies from the dentist. She now has a floss pick (no more floss strung through the house), a new roll of floss (ok, maybe Mo will still manage to make a mess), a timer, and a Sleeping Beauty toothbrush.
Tonight we will start a new routine. After dinner and dessert (Kaia doesn't believe in not having dessert), the kids will both brush their teeth while the sand goes through the timer. They will then floss, or rather, Kaia will use the floss pick, and I will bravely attempt to floss Mo's teeth without losing a finger. And then, it is water only until bed time.
Speaking of losing a finger, my thumb is not broken, but I still have to wear the horrid, uncomfortable splint for a week. I do take it off to shower, and a few times a day to ice it. After the week is up, the doctor wants to recheck it, and if it isn't improving send me for more x-rays.