Pearly White


Dear Thomas,


Today you went to the dentist for the first time. I know the grown-up Thomas will totally judge your father and I for waiting so long to take you. What can I say…. In many ways you are the most responsible person in the family. I’m sorry. Anyway, you went to the dentist. There is a bit of a situation with your teeth and I knew that I could no longer procrastinate about finding one and taking you.


Several weeks ago, you had your first loose tooth. In typical Thomas fashion, you were matter-of-fact about it. And? Matter-of-fact about the fact that you were rather unnerved by the idea of it. We’ve done lots of talking about it since and I think you are now, if not comfortable with the idea, at least cool with it. However, the tooth has not progressed much… Not any closer to coming out. During one of my nightly wiggle checks, I noticed something behind the loose tooth–over the next few days, it became clear that your new tooth was beginning to come up BEHIND the old one. Sorry bud. Looks like you may have teeth from my side of the family–we are a regular bunch of snaggle-toothed jaws. It was time for a professional opinion.


I went to schedule the appointment and they had a next day opening, but it was in the middle of the morning. I knew you would be upset about missing school, but I didn’t want to wait a month for an afternoon appointment, so I snapped it up and started worrying about how you’d do with such a short time to get used to the idea. As a testament to how much you’ve matured in the last year, you were completely ok with the idea. Your one request was that we take you to school in the morning, then pick you up for the appointment, and then bring you right back to school when done. I asked you last night how you were feeling about going to the dentist, and your response was “excited”. Yes. Really.


You did wonderfully. Of course. You were sweet and charming and polite and compliant. You sat perfectly still for xrays, and didn’t fidget at all during the cleaning. You have zero cavities and she was impressed with your teeth. The dentist was making small talk with you about ‘Angry Birds’ and asked how many stars you usually get. “Well… Um, it’s really pretty unpredictable actually”, you told her. I thought her eyes were going to pop out of her head! She also got a huge kick out of it when you told her that you “really weren’t much of a roller coaster person.”


After you were done, we went down to the Korean bakery to pick out a treat. And I prodded you for details about what you thought about the experience. “What was it like? Did it feel funny? Did it hurt? Did it taste strange?”


“It felt really good. My favorite part was when they would squirt the water, but really I liked the whole thing.”


Yes. Really.


PS–She feels like the baby tooth in front/big tooth behind is not an issue.


PPS–Please remind me to floss your teeth more regularly. Okay? Let’s face it. Your memory is better than mine.


7 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. He liked it? Liked it? Oh my.

    October 14th, 2011

  2. J

    If I know Thomas, he will indeed remind you, and soon will be flossing for himself. Mr responsible. I just started flossing regularly THIS year. Ms. Irresponsible, I guess. I’m glad his first trip was a good one. I hope they continue to be so forever. Maya was 7 when she had braces the first time, which kind of soured her on the whole experience. But she’s mostly not fond of the orthodontist, dentist is OK.

    October 16th, 2011

  3. Grandpa

    What an absolutely, incredibly, amazingly wonderful kid. I mean, we always knew Thomas was unique, but it just keeps getting better!

    October 16th, 2011

  4. Grandpa

    Oh, and Grandma and Grandpa apologize for passing on jaws and teeth that don’t quite match each other. Each of us had adult teeth that came in behind our baby teeth.

    October 16th, 2011

  5. Christine

    Yeah, we didn’t take Jonathan in until he was in 1st grade :-) He still has no cavities. Both his and Matt’s teeth came in as shark teeth. J’s top teeth came in that way and his two front teeth are behind his bottom teeth though his jaw lines up! I’m saving for braces now. Doug had them twice :-( My kids have no problem with the dentist either. Funny how that is.

    October 17th, 2011

  6. I would like to go to that dentist please! Or maybe i just need the Thomas outlook on dental procedures.

    Early on Elizabeth used to let me floss her teeth and brush them nicely… now it’s a daily battle. One I choose not to make a fight over. i hope that doesn’t come to bite me later. I need to wait until stickers or something mean something to her as a reward or something.

    October 18th, 2011

  7. My daughters first tooth became loose in March. It fell out in …September? I think. Her other tooth that became loose in March…is still hanging on strongly. The adult teeth are in…shark teeth is what our dentist called them and said she’s just fine and they will fall out when they want to.

    He just said if she starts getting shark teeth on the top, I need to call IMMEDIATELY!

    November 15th, 2011

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