Both of Annabel’s front teeth have been loose for a few weeks, with the one on the left a bit further along. She wiggled it absent-mindedly with her tongue, which was good for making it looser but had the undesired effect of pushing the tooth to the right, into her other front tooth. It looked…weird. But it wasn’t bothering her, and it wasn’t permanent, so I didn’t worry about it.
Yesterday, Annabel and I were looking at something together on the couch when I looked over at her and saw that she had blood in her mouth. After examining her, I saw that the blood was coming from her front teeth. I wiped it up with a paper towel, but the blood just kept coming…and coming…and coming. She looked like a vampire who’d eaten too much. It was really gross.
Of course, while it was bleeding she was, hmmm…not pleased. She didn’t want me to touch it, or pull it, or breathe on it. She asked me for a wet wash cloth, and she’d alternate biting on it and wiggling her tooth with it. Meanwhile, she just kept bleeding, even when she wasn’t touching the tooth. After an hour of non-stop bleeding, I realized I was out of my depth. The tooth wasn’t loose enough for me to pull out myself (not that she would have let me), so I told her we had to go to the dentist.
You can imagine how that went over.
During the entire drive to the dentist, Annabel voiced her displeasure over the turn of events. But as soon as we walked into the dentist’s office, she was like, “Ohh, toys!” and suddenly she was happy. Kids and their whiplash emotions, man. While we sat in the waiting room, Annabel tried to make friends with the stream of kids coming in for appointments…seemingly forgetting that she had a massively bloody washcloth hanging from her mouth. The kids were all looking at it like:
Only Annabel would try to make friends while bleeding from her mouth.
After the dentist examined her, it was determined that the tooth was pinching some gum-root-doodad (obviously the technical term) and it should come out. The dental assistant said to me, “We’ll numb her up to remove it, do you want to use nitrous?” and I was like, “Yes. FOR ME.” They wouldn’t let me have any, which I thought was very unfair.
Other than meanly hoarding the nitrous, I was soooo impressed with the dental staff. They numbed Annabel up without her even realizing that they used needles. That’s a good thing because she would have lost. her. mind. if she’d known! She was so brave, though. I asked her if she wanted me to hold her hand and she said, “No, I’m good. You can just sit over there.” Oh okay, then I’ll just sit over there.
The extraction was done in just a few minutes, and I was left with a kid whose smile had been changed forever.
As you can see, she is real upset about it.
That smile is pretty cute, but it’s going to take some getting used to.
On the drive home she said, “Mom! The kids at school said that when the dentist helps you lose a tooth, the tooth fairy brings you more money!!”
UGGGH KIDS AT SCHOOL. So now on top of having to PAY to have the dentist take out a tooth she would have lost FOR FREE in the next few days, I am expected to give her more money than usual for her pain and suffering?! Uh, no.
Kids are such a scam.
Such a cute smile! I’m glad her dentist experiences have been relatively painless so far.
So cute! And the kids at school are totally right There’s always a deal in the works with the tooth fairy. When my oldest daughter lost her tooth on New Year’s Eve, my own sister told her that meant she got holiday pay, lol.
Mel G says:
Ooh exciting! Here’s a tip (from experience), while she has no top teeth, give her cutlery to eat pizza! My poor daughter suffered thru quite a few pizzas before finally mentioning that the hot cheese was burning her poor exposed gums. Mum-fail, right there
Oh, I never would have thought of that! I totally would have mom-failed, too! Thank you for the tip.
Donna P says:
That photo is too adorable!
That toothless smile is priceless!!
My girl was adamant when her first tooth was loose that the tooth fairy bring her gold coins. No problem. Went to the bank and got some “gold” one dollar coins. I was READY.
Until the second tooth……which hello she never even told me was loose and she lost about 20 minutes before bedtime. She was so excited for MORE GOLD COINS which of course, I had none of.
What’s a mom to do?
She wait until the kid falls asleep and then breaks into her piggy bank and re-uses the same gold coins from the first go around.
Yep. Worked like a charm and the kid STILL has no idea.
So cute! Be warned – the second front tooth will not be long for this world. Once the anchor is gone, the other one gives up the ghost pretty quickly. I *loved* my kids’ gap tooth smiles, and was super sad when the giant horse sized adult teeth came in. I’m sure even Annie’s awkward phase will be adorable
Is it weird I got a little teary when I got to the picture of her smiling with the missing tooth? Heather, she looks SO. OLD. What happened?!
I can handle poop. I can handle puke. I can even handle blood. What I cannot handle is loose teeth. This story made me nauseous and I would like to send my son to live with someone else until all his teeth fall out.
Love the gap-toothed smile. My son just lost his 2nd tooth last night at 10pm. Thankfully I stocked up on gold coins, so I’m good for a few more teeth before I have to go visit the bank again.
She looks so cute! Sounds like she did better at the dentist than I do. Could she have made up the story about getting more money when a dentist pulls a tooth? Hmmm?
That last picture of her is stunning!! Such a beauty. Enjoy this stage, it’s so weirdly fun.
Also: just wanted to fyi you that i’m still getting blown up by an advertisement blocking the site if I try to get on mobile. Works fine on my laptop, but can’t read on my phone.
My son lost a tooth today–on his birthday–and informed me that the kids at school told him that the tooth fairy brings extra money or a toy when you lose a tooth on your birthday. Um, say what?? Kids are such a scam.
Annie looks adorable!
Soooo cute!!!! And some how…it just seems soooo Annabel to have something weird like this happen with her tooth! LOL
I meant to comment yesterday and say a friend of mine has gotten away with not giving money from the tooth fairy (!!!! I know !!!!). Instead she gives little collectables, such as a special (& inexpensive) tea cup & saucer found at an antique store or dress up jewelry from antique/thrift stores. You know, rhinestone rings & bracelets & whatnot. It’s actually worked for a whole year & has my niece jealous that her best friend’s tooth fairy brings her cool stuff & she “just gets money & has to buy her own stuff!” LOL
Either way, this whole tooth fairy thing is such a scam!!!
So cute! My Grace lost her front tooth a couple of weeks back. It had been wiggly a while and I accidentally knocked it out while drying her hair. Mum fail! Blood, tears, and I gave her extra tooth fairy money