You know it had to hurt.....not CP related.

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   Posted 5/26/2010 12:17 PM (GMT -6)   
My 4 1/2 year old son has a hereditary condition where his top teeth have thinner than normal enamel while his bottom teeth is thicker than normal. As a result his top teeth are extremely prone to cavities and rot and sadly his 4 top front teeth started rotting from the day they appeared and no amount of cleaning or treatments could stop it. I say hereditary because it turns out this is a very common issue with the kids on my wife's side of the family.

Well the day finally came yesterday that they had to be pulled so off on an hour long drive to the pediatric dentist I have been taking my kid to. The original plan was to only pull 2 teeth this time and in a couple of weeks pull the other two but when the dentist started working on the first one she found that infection was starting to set in and decided it was best to pull all four.

My son was a real trooper through all of this. He sat in the chair calmly, did exactly what the dentist and/or assistant told him to do, and did not shed a single tear the entire time we were in the office. All the workers in the office kept going on and on about how well he did and telling him and me they had never had a better patient regardless of age and since he is only 4 1/2 it made it all the more amazing.

As soon as we walked outside though my little champ's bravery and resolve vanished and the tears started flowing, which is quite understandable. I may have cried myself if I went through having 4 teeth pulled in one day. He only cried for about 5 minutes before falling asleep, which was the best thing he could have done. He slept for most of the trip home and when he woke up he was feeling a lot better. By the time we got home he was ready to play outside though you could tell he still wasn't feeling 100%. This morning though he is back to like nothing happened. Ahh the resiliency of youth.

My kid has always done well at the doctor's. He hasn't cried getting his vaccines since he was a year old and always does everything the doctor's tell him to do, but he really went above and beyond yesterday and I am so proud of him. You know it had to hurt.
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   Posted 5/26/2010 12:35 PM (GMT -6)   
awww Jim, what a sweet story about your brave, brave boy! I could use his help to calm me down at the dentist...I'm terrified!

I hope he's feeling 100% now and that his adult teeth come in without problems.
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   Posted 5/26/2010 10:26 PM (GMT -6)   
   Oh what a brave little soul!!!!! Oh how proud you must feel! I have seen adults cry and break down over a single tooth. Your brave little man made it through 4! Oh he deserves a special trip to the ice cream shopp for sure! he did a great job smilewinkgrin
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   Posted 5/27/2010 12:14 AM (GMT -6)   
On the way home I picked up some ice cream and made him one of my special strawberry-banana milkshakes that evening. He loves them better than any ice cream treat you can buy at DQ, etc.
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   Posted 5/27/2010 3:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Really a touching story! That special milkshake made by Dad's hands was well-earned!


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   Posted 5/27/2010 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Jim, Great story and it is amazing how children can endure more that some of us adults. I am acquaited with the condition as my daughetr who is now 19 has no enamel on her teeth and will eventually have to have all of the capped. She fights to keep the cavities down but she always has numerous cavities every time she sees a dentist. She handles it well even though her teeth turn darker in color as the day goes on. Is it possible to get in line for one of those milk shakes, it sounds good and I will arrange shipping!

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   Posted 5/27/2010 12:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Jim,

I'm so sorry about the little guy. He sounds like such a trooper and such a joy to have in your life. Children are a blessing in so many ways.
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   Posted 5/29/2010 10:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I can SO relate to that!!!  I have an enamal defiency that goes along with my calcium defiency that lucky me I passed to my son.  We both had silver caps on almost all of our baby teeth.  My son's baby teeth came in so soft you could bend them.  I was lucky my perm. teeth came in ok until I wore braces and when they came off so did all the enamal.  Now I have them 2 years after I had my son.  After my kiddo's silver teeth came out, luckily his perm. teeth are good.  Now if they will just stay that way!!..... yeah
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