Friday, July 25, 2008

Teeth issues I knew from Reid's birth that he may have major teeth issues since his cleft was so large. We were told soon after his birth that his cleft housed 8 teeth. Yes, 8. 4 baby teeth and 4 permanent teeth. Hard to believe. Anyway....during the NAM process, we noticed what we thought to be 2 sores from the NAM. After the dentist saw us that week, we were not happy to find out they weren't sores....they were baby teeth. They probably came to surface around 4 months of age.

Now, here we are...Reid is almost 9 months, and the top 2 teeth are down. They are his only teeth at this time, but they are black. It is hard for me to get a picture of this....maybe someday I will be able to snap one to show you. Our dentist knows about this and is watching Reid. He didn't think they were well rooted, and we feared what we still fear....Reid will lose those 2 top teeth. I know it isn't the worst thing in the world....but to not have your top 2 baby teeth until the permanent ones come in....I hate that. I don't know if anything will be done for Reid until his permanent teeth come in or not. Wait and see, I guess. Most of the cleft families that I speak to, their kiddos' teeth look so good!!!! I am always impressed! So, if any of you have experience with rotting teeth and the process involved with this....feel free to share your experiences with me. I am new at this situation...and am wondering what we are facing. Regardless....Reid's smile is priceless....teeth or no teeth!


Heather said...

The teeth issue is my biggest fear. Sorry to hear about the top teeth, but it'll probably just be YOU that worries about it (and not him). He won't know the difference for awhile, and by the time he does, they'll do something about it, right? I always say I'm glad I had a boy, who will probably care less about his looks than a girl would. : )

The Lucey's Triplets said...

I really like the colors on Reid's blog! He looks so handsome in the picture at the top! Great Job!