Yesterday, she was playing in the living room and she tripped over a toy and fell face first into another toy on the floor. She screamed! I picked her up to console her and saw little drops of blood coming from her mouth. Talk about a freak out moment for Mom! (First of many, I know.) I opened her mouth to examine and I saw her gums bleeding and that one of her top front teeth was chipped. sigh. I felt terrible and frankly, I didn't have a clue what to do.
(Can you see the chip? It's the top right tooth. boo!)
I called Andrew and he tried his best to calm me down, and then he told me to call her doctor. I called and they told me to call the dentist. What dentist?! sigh. We didn't even have Caroline on our dental insurance yet. Who would have thought that our child under two would have to go to the dentist? So... I called Andrew again and he tracked down a few pediatric dentists and I went to one of them this morning.
I tell you, my little girl was an angel! She did not cry. She let the dentist (who was GREAT, by the way) look in her mouth and even take an x-ray of her teeth. Luckily, they didn't have to do anything else, because the chip was not too deep. Thank God! We have to go back in two months for a follow up. (Thank Heaven for the health savings account. whew!)
Caroline was a total champ! You would have thought she had done this a hundred times before. She left the dentist's office like a big girl, with all of her prizes in tow... a green star necklace, a "Super Patient" sticker and an orange balloon! perfect. :-)