09 August 2010

This Is What Happens When Eric Banes Retires

I feel horrible.  Aiden had a cavity.  To make things worse I didn't even notice it, my mom did yesterday.  God knows how long it's been there but from the look of things pretty damn long.  It isn't a little dark spot on the tiny tooth.  It's on one of his molars, it's brown and it's pretty much all over it.  How in the world could I NOT have noticed it sooner?  It's not like he doesn't shout enough for me to have full view of his teeth.  I know I'm a slacker mom but this is horrible even by my standards.  I think I should put myself in the corner for 36 minutes. 

Now to make me look even crappier, I know exactly why he has one.  It isn't from candy and chocolate, which he does eat.  It isn't from not brushing his teeth,  I make sure he does at least twice a day.  It is from drinking milk from a bottle to sleep.  Yes, I still let him drink from bottle at 3 and I don't care what anyone else has to say.  Hold on, let me correct that.  I didn't care what anyone else thought until the dentist puts me in the naughty corner for 36 minutes.

When he is asleep I do take the bottle and put it on his bedside table but he always manages to get it at some point in the middle of the night.  Why don't I take the bottle to the kitchen when he falls asleep?  Well, of course I thought of that!  But I've been selfishly wanting to sleep soundly and through the night.

Oh the shame!  Maybe I should be grounded as well.

I was never terrified of the dentist until now.  Aiden is not very brave when it comes to ... many things.  At his first visit a few months ago he sat on my lap and only let the dentist look at his front teeth with a firm 'cheese' and clenched teeth.  I dread even the thought of his molar being drilled and filled.  You think they'll sedate him first?  Maybe they could sedate me while they're at it.

I don't remember when I first had a cavity but it wasn't as early as 3.  How old are kids when they usually get cavities anyway?

Oh man, if only Eric Banes were here.