Tadpole went to a dental cleaning a few days ago, and the teeth problem that plagued her when we adopted her is back. The dentist said she definitely had multiple cavities, and needed to be seen by a specialist pediatric dentist.
I have to inoculate myself against major mom guilt for this, because I am to blame for part of the reason the problem came back. Tadpole had been on a prescription multivitamin from ages three to five-ish, and then we started to give her regular over the counter vitamins for the past year like we did with Frogette. But I hadn’t considered the fact that the prescription vitamins had fluoride in them, which given her history, was obviously essential (with hindsight). I feel awful, and have to strongly guard against calling myself a horrible mother and hating on myself.
When we adopted Tadpole at age three, she had 12 cavities (and a cleft lip). We had to have extensive dental work done with a pediatric specialist, and since she didn’t speak English fluently yet, she didn’t fully understand what was going on. We should have put her under anesthesia, but it would have cost almost $4,000, not covered by insurance. So we didn’t, and they had to restrain her over several visits. It was very traumatic for her and for me.
After that, and the cleft lip surgery, she was fine for 2 years, until we found out she had more cavities a few days ago. Even our family dentist, though, didn’t really know the whole of it. With more extensive x-rays at the pediatric dentist today, we found out that she had ELEVEN more cavities- some of them very deep, two of them on her brand new molars.
She also has an “extra tooth”- an oddly shaped tooth residing all the way up in her gums, near the roots, which will have to be removed with oral surgery in a year or two so it doesn’t pierce her palate or stop her two top front adult teeth from coming out when she looses those baby teeth.
So now we have to decide between putting her under full anesthesia, or hoping that since she is older (not only braver and more reasonable, but also fluent in English), the first of five visits we will have to make will be bearable with laughing gas. The dentist thinks it might be doable with the laughing gas, and says we can try it and switch to the anesthesia if Tadpole freaks out. I am tempted, though, to just do the anesthesia right away this time. Since she is older, it will be less money, thank goodness. I just don’t want to traumatize her again. 4 days ago