Monday, April 13, 2009

Open wide

I took the boys to the dentist this morning...their first visit ever. I have been talking about their visit to the dentist for the past couple weeks to make it familiar and something they shouldn't be scared about. This morning while the boys were brushing their teeth Dresden finally showed his concern and said he didn't want a shot in his gums. I felt so terrible that he had been worried about this and I assured him he wouldn't have to have a shot, unless he has a cavity, but he keeps his teeth brushed and he doesn't eat a lot of sweets. Dresden felt better after that. We arrived at the dentist and the boys were so brave and did a great job of letting the dentist work in their mouths. Their teeth were clean and we were happy to learn that they didn't have any cavities. We were finishing up listening to the dentist give us advice on keeping limits on the amount of juice drinks, chocolate milk, and soda pops we drink when the hygienist came in and gave the dentist Dresden's films and pointed to something. Without an exchange of words between the two of them the dentist looked up and asked me, "Do you have a family history of missing teeth?" Apparently, genetics have played their part in Dresden's mouth and like his dad, he will be missing his permanent lateral incisor. The dentist said that he will have to have a bridge of some sort so that a temporary tooth can be put in place and then when he is older they can put in a permanent tooth.
Genetics are amazing. You see your kids and you notice they have your nose or they have your husbands eyes. I know that one day I will probably have diabetes because both sets of grandparents have had diabetes. But, this is the first time that a genetic trait is so obvious. Same tooth, same side of the mouth. I am fascinated by genetics and I think it is so interesting that something so obvious on Dresden is because of the genetic makeup of his parents. Fascinating.

Anyway, this really isn't a big deal and other than the expense of orthodontic care we could really care less. So he'll have a fake tooth...which I can just bet when he is a teenager a few pranks will be played on unsuspecting friends. Logan's permanent teeth will remain a mystery until he is six. The dentist will do the full mouth x-ray in a year. So, until then we won't know whose genetics played a part in the makeup of Logan's mouth.

By the way, did you know that it is recommended that your child's first visit to see the dentist should be when they are one. Seriously???!!! My boys didn't even have teeth when they were a year old.