Tonight, while Namine was brushing her teeth, I noticed that she didn’t turn the electric toothbrush on. Not only that, but she was wincing. After she was done, I took the toothbrush to do a once-over like I always do after she’s done. She told me, “Don’t brush my teeth, Daddy! My teeth hurt!”
I remembered that she hadn’t eaten very well at dinner tonight. I wondered if this was why, whatever was making her teeth hurt. “Open up,” I said. “Don’t worry, I won’t hurt you. I just want to look.”
“No!” she said, raising her voice but not quite yelling. “I have a loose tooth!”
Oh. That would explain it, wouldn’t it? Yes, yes it would. “Cool! Can I see?”
“Sure!” She opened her mouth and wiggled her loose tooth with her finger.
It turns out that last night, Namine told Jessica a couple days ago that she had a loose tooth. She didn’t believe her. I guess Namine was right after all. I tried to take a quick video of Namine’s loose tooth, but you can barely see it.
This is huge. Not just from a parent’s standpoint – baby’s first loose tooth, and all of that – but a sign of good progress. Let me explain, if you’ll indulge me.
Namine’s impacted teeth are, of course, one more visible result of her having Pierre Robin Sequence. Her lower jaw has been brought forward thanks to the mandibular distraction; that improved her airway, but it did nothing for the size of her jaw as far as her teeth are concerned. She has the same number of teeth as any other child, but they are packed much tighter, thanks to the smaller size of her mandible.
What I’m taking a long time to say (sorry about that) is that it’s a small (or not so small) wonder that her teeth are growing at a good rate, and are causing her no more pain than the relative normalcy of losing a tooth.
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