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.