Vance recently chipped a tooth. He has also been playing rugby at recess. I believe these two events are related, as are the mysterious bruises that have been appearing as well. He did not connect the dots, I helped him out.
Fast forward to the dentist's office a week later for his regularly scheduled cleaning. Even though the chip is very small and not noticeable I thought it was worth mentioning because I value good hygiene. The dentist proceeded to tell me that there's no enamel damage and it will most likely chip off again even if he fixes it because of where and how small it is, however he suggests fixing it before braces but it's up to us. What I heard was "no damage", "hardly noticeable", "will break again", and "I want some of your money before you go and give it all to an ortho". My mind was made up. No new
taxes tooth. It did get a bit awkward as my usually quiet and indecisive son spoke up and announced that he'd like to go ahead and have the tooth fixed. I felt like a deadbeat parent but assured the dentist that we'd revisit The Chip before braces and gave Vance The Stink Eye.
No matter if I'm in the chair or the kids, the hygienist always asks if a manual toothbrush is used. Manual? Aren't all toothbrushes manual? It makes me laugh because I picture a Jetson-esque robot that comes up and proceeds to brush my teeth for me while my arms stay still in my lap. (I know what she means. That's just how my brain works.)
It's taken me forever to get to the point of this whole post. I have been thinking about buying a Sonicare toothbrush for Vance. He tends to be a "lazy" tooth brusher and the dentist suggested it might help. I'm hesitant because the root of the problem is Vance being a lazy brusher. Won't he be just as lazy with an expensive toothbrush too? Or are these "automatic" toothbrushes really magic?
Tell me. Anyone have a kid that uses one? I'd love to know what you think!