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  • The tooth distress thingy-I have it BAD!
    I have a good reason though.
    My daughter knocked her front tooth out at 11 months old and ever since she has this irresistible toothless grin.
    Braden has no reason to worry though, he is a freakin’ cutie!

    MIssys last blog post..Revelations regarding Dora:

    January 24, 2009
  • Jessica

    Oh my goodness, we are SO there. My sons poor teeth are going to have nothing left by the time they fall out. He leads face first into everything. He’s had stitches on his face, TWICE, and he’s had more chipped teeth and bleeding mouth/gums than I care to remember. And he’s only 2 1/2. I worry this leads to broken bones and I just can’t stand it!

    January 24, 2009
  • I look at that last picture and OMG, he is a BOY! And one who is going to have all the girls chasing him, too.

    I understand the worry, but you can relax somewhat. As long as the teeth are rooted in the gum, they’re saving the space for the permanent teeth.

    Suzannes last blog post..And Now, The Things You Expect To See

    January 24, 2009
  • river

    Yes, he is gorgeous. Now go on-line and research some calcium rich foods. Here’s a few to get you started. Cheese, (parmesan has the highest calcium content), yoghurt, sesame seeds, cabbage, (about 3x more calcium than cows milk), broccoli, brussels sprouts, almonds………

    January 24, 2009
    • @river,

      Good tips! We do try to make sure he’s offered foods with calcium (and other stuff he needs), but he doesn’t always want to eat what we wish he would want to eat. Heh.

      He’s also lactose intolerant, and I’ve yet to find lactose free cheese or yogurt. He drinks lactose free milk, as well as Calcium Fortified Rice Milk. His cereals are also fortified. And to top it off, we give him toddler vitamins – a multi as well as a calcium one. That way we know he’s getting what he needs, even if he refuses the good foods we offer.

      And still, the chipped teeth! I just worry how far it will go and whether he also has weak bones. (His nails are very fragile, also.)

      Just one of those things.

      January 24, 2009
  • You know, as much as you want to inject him with calcium, it might just be how his teeth are. Which hello, insanity inducing.

    Veronicas last blog post..Things I had forgotten #1

    January 24, 2009
  • It’s a good job that my teeth are so hard because I always had a terror of the dentist. Still do.

    witchypoos last blog post..Sleepless

    January 24, 2009
  • Well, they are gonna fall out in like 3 more yearrs anyway….

    *ducks and covers*

    Lilacspecss last blog post..Haiku Friday – Thoughts From Thursday

    January 24, 2009
    • @Lilacspecs,

      *throws water balloons at you*

      It’s more likely that it will be about 5 years, if he’s anything like me. And I know it’s just a few chips at this point, but I wonder when it will stop… and the most frightening thought is the thing about his bones.

      He has fragile nails as well, and I wonder if these are signs that he has “break-prone” bones. I know these things can be a part of childhood (though I never broke a single bone), but no Mom wants them for her little one!

      Now run, I have more balloons loaded up. :-P

      January 24, 2009
  • I totally hear you. Isobel and I both have the teeth that candy is made of. And now, she’s started grinding them at night time, like a long-distance truck driver after an eight-ball.

    But those popeye smokes. I can’t wait to walk down the street with her, smoking in tandem. heh.

    Zoeyjanes last blog post..On the Bedtime Banshee

    January 24, 2009
  • He is an absolute doll! I completely understand what you mean about being paranoid about his teeth. Both of my girls have chipped front teeth, but in each case it was from tripping (because they both take after me in the klutz department) and taking a face plant into the tile or concrete. Oh the fun of it! *rolls eyes* I think they need a clear rubber cement or something to paint on each child’s teeth as soon as they come in, that way no chipping can occur. Wouldn’t that take a load of pressure off us parents?! LOL

    And, AMEN, on the candy cigs. I’ve always wondered what brain genius thought that one up.

    Rebekah

    RebekahCs last blog post..Kids’ Tea Party Coming Up At Borders

    January 24, 2009
  • He could be a beauty pageant boy and get those fake teeth ‘flippers’ – they’re only around $600 if you want one.

    Then he can be a Miss Sunburst Beauty King.

    Just sayin.

    Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing]s last blog post..I’m Just a Snarky-Ass Mo’Fo Lookin for My Nut

    January 24, 2009
    • @Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing],

      Flippers? Say whaaaa?

      I have never heard of this nonsense. That is probably a good thing.

      January 24, 2009
  • Taz

    he is so cute

    Tazs last blog post..65 Weeks Old and 7 Weeks Old..

    January 24, 2009
  • Kat

    Ha! I saw the photohunt theme this week and couldn’t think of a thing, though my kid has only half of one of his front teeth. His chip really easily, too.

    Somebody recently told me that her son’s teeth were like this and she started giving him this vitamin supplement and now they’re really strong and the cavities stopped growing. I didn’t buy it and can’t remember what it was, but I’ll find it and email you. Might help.

    Kats last blog post..Toddler Improv

    January 24, 2009
    • @Kat,

      I’m interested in what it might be. We give B a multi and a calcium one.

      January 24, 2009
  • Kat

    Got it – it’s called BioDent, by Standard Process. We use other Standard Process vitamins – it’s a good brand. Not cheap, but good. If you google it, you can find Biodent for around $30. Good thing too, because now I remember seeing it in a dentists office near here and they were selling it for $60.

    Kats last blog post..Toddler Improv

    January 24, 2009
    • @Kat,

      I’ll check it out and see what all is in it. That’s a lot of money. Heh.

      January 24, 2009
  • My daughter had to have two caps on her baby teeth and they were crumbly teeth too. But now she is 21 and has the best and most beautiful teeth around. There is hope.

    Junebugs last blog post..More Garage

    January 24, 2009
    • @Junebug,

      What do you think causes that? It makes me feel crazy, b/c I know we provide him with proper nutrition and dental hygiene!

      January 24, 2009
  • He is going to be a heartbreaker.

    My youngest completely knocked her front tooth which had only been in her mouth for one week when she was 11 months old. Root and all it came out. She has been toothless there ever since. I don’t know if I’ll recognize her when her permanent one finally comes in.

    January 24, 2009
  • jessie

    Dude, that’s bad news. My teeth crumble all to shit and as an adult I can break a molar while eating cereal. If his teeth are that fragile I feel bad for the dude.

    jessies last blog post..Jazz Running

    January 24, 2009
  • Karleigh

    Maybe it’s because he’s a boy. Boys do dangerous things and are more accident prone. Well, this coming from a girl who has run into many a plate-glass window. I’m sure it’s just growing pains or something. Maybe take him to the dentist?

    January 24, 2009
  • LOTUS! I hope you are reading this. I know how you feel. My 3 year old has the worst teeth. She already had fillings in both front teeth when she was two. I’ve been going crazy trying to keep all her teeth in her mouth. I brush those little bitches twice a day religiously.

    Well, on Christmas Eve (of course when the dentist is NOT in the office) she bit into something (who knows what, perhaps our car’s carburetor?) and it chipped off the entire backside of her front tooth. We didn’t get to see the dentist until he got back from vacation and when we did, he decided he wanted to pull the entire tooth.

    I CRIED in the dentist office. I didn’t want to sound vain, but I loved her beautiful smile! Now she looked like an 8 year old, not my baby. I asked him about putting a fake tooth there and he looked at me like I was nuts.

    He pulled out something that looked like a retainer with a fake tooth on the front of it and said, “This is simply a prosthetic, but it may be an option.” I was like BABY DENTURES FUCK YEAH! Then he proceeded to tell me. “I think it’s really selfish when parents get these for their children. She’s only missing a baby tooth and she will eventually get a new tooth in it’s place. This prosthetic is very uncomortable for the child and is only for cosmetic purposes. You’re child cannot eat, drink, or sleep with this on. Are you really sure you want to do that to her?”

    Well of course I said, “I guess not.” But in my head I really wanted to smack him across the face.

    I actually felt bad that I was so upset that she lost an entire tooth. She got over it when the tooth fairy came (I freaked out over that too…the tooth fairy wasn’t supposed to come for several more YEARS)

    I think the whole situation traumatized me more than her.

    Here is the post that I wrote about it in, along with a picture of my baby girl with her front tooth gone…

    http://themommyproject.com/?p=812

    projectmommys last blog post..Aaaanalog?

    January 24, 2009
    • @projectmommy,

      All I have to say is that your dentist? Is a TOOL.

      I mean, I don’t know if I’d put something like that in B’d mouth, to be honest, but he could have gotten his message across without talking to you like such an asshole!

      Sheesh. Besides, kids get picked on for plenty well before their permanent teeth come in. It can’t hurt to have a little face help sometimes, eh?

      Don’t feel bad for wanting to preserve her beautiful smile.

      January 24, 2009
  • Jimmy Kimble is my guy! You are a great writer and your boy IS adorable. He looks young enough to still have his permanent teeth to look forward to. And if he plays sports…two words: Mouth Guard!

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    January 24, 2009
  • I loved those candy cigarettes.

    Sandys last blog post..Photo Hunt -Chipped

    January 24, 2009
  • They look fine to me. Except that bloody one. *shudder*

    Alice Audreys last blog post..Chipper

    January 24, 2009
    • @Alice Audrey,

      It’s really not awful yet, but the progress in such short time frightens me. And if you could see them up close, you’d know what I mean. It’s hard to tell from the photos, really.

      And the bloody one, omg, that was way worse IRL, too. Blood everywhere, him crying… wouldn’t let me look in his mouth at first. AAAAAHHHH.

      *breathing hard just remembering*

      January 24, 2009
  • My son is slowly grounding down his beautiful knashers in his sleep. And I always look at older kids, post milk teeth, and think ‘Oh man, that’s fucked up’

    SingleParentDads last blog post..We Are Both Winners

    January 24, 2009
  • LOL. We went for the same thing today!!! :-)

    You’re pictures are 10K times better than mine, though… as usual!

    Gabriels last blog post..PhotoHunt #23 – Chipped

    January 24, 2009
  • Darn, I pressed Enter by accident…

    I also wanted to say that chipped teeth is something you should expect with an active boy… you should’ve seen mine… as long as he doesn’t decide to play hockey when he grows up, he’ll be fine! :-)

    Gabriels last blog post..PhotoHunt #23 – Chipped

    January 24, 2009
  • stressing over teeth sucks. My son needs 5 cavities filled from asthma drugs trashing his teeth. My share is $1600 WITH insurance.

    Jennifer As last blog post..I guess the DS was the right present

    January 24, 2009
  • Hi there -

    Love your pictures – he really is beautiful.

    When my son was 5 he broke his arm and the bone doctor told us to give him 1 Tums a day. It has good calcium – and it’s cheap. You might want to check with the doc first – a 2 year old is different than a 5 year old.

    Also – if you are able – it might be time to start going to the dentist for him. Ugh. I hate the dentist – but my kids don’t seem to mind at all.

    Hecticmoms last blog post..Friday Night

    January 24, 2009
  • Conan O’Brien??? Seriously? I mean, the hair thing – ewww.

    Yup, he (your son) is freaking beautiful. Even without teeth he would be. My advice: No hockey and no hacky sack while holding a mug of beer (see my own chipped entry).

    Terri – teelgees last blog post..Round Robin: Not of This Season

    January 24, 2009
    • @Terri – teelgee,

      YES, CONAN. He is SEXAY with his long, long legs and his milky white skin. And that Pompadour!

      How can you resist, woman!?

      Seriously, I’ve been in love with the man for years, and it has nothing to do with how he looks. :-)

      January 24, 2009
      • @Sarcastic Mom, I love Conan, but mine is a man crush.

        At least I hope so.

        Gabriels last blog post..PhotoHunt #23 – Chipped

        January 25, 2009
  • Your feedburner stats are seriously snafu

    witchypoos last blog post..Sleepless

    January 24, 2009
    • @witchypoo,

      I KNOW! They’ve been wildly jumping by hundreds for about a week now.
      The recent jump was 986 to 501. (I was at about 1250 when it started going all whacked last week.)

      NICE.

      (Don’t they know this cripples my self esteem? OY)

      January 24, 2009
  • My Little J went to get his tonsils out this week. They asked me in pre-op if he had and loose or chipped teeth. I said nope, he’s all good.

    When they came out afterwards they said, “he needs to go to a dentist, all of his front teeth on the top and bottom are loose and one of them was so wiggly we tried to pull gently but it just wasn’t ready.”

    Talk about mommy guilt!

    Karas last blog post..Hey What’s That Funk?

    January 24, 2009
    • @Kara,

      Imma call bullshit and say you sue them for knocking all his teeth loose.

      Heh.

      January 24, 2009
  • Lindsay

    Seriously, I never even noticed. And I’m totally a teeth person. I ALWAYS look at teeth.
    The calcium thing is another story though. Load up on the calcium-rich foods and I’m sure his big boy teeth will grow in sparking white and strong when these ones fall out.

    January 24, 2009
  • Lindsay

    P.S. His eyelashes are TO.DIE.FOR. So unfair! :P

    January 24, 2009
  • Candy Cigarettes: the next best thing to candy Don’t-Bother-To-Put-Your-Kid-In-A-Car-Seat-Or-Even-Seatbelt-Just-Have-Them-Stand-There-Between-The-Front-Seats.

    It was harder to put on the package.

    (I loved the Candy Cigarettes. I “smoked” them and pretended to be cool. As a parent, I think they’re retarded, but probably don’t give my kids enough credit for having brains of their own to notice that smoking is stupid – I seemed to figure it out. But man, I looked cool with that piece of chalk with the end painted red)

    Beautiful Boy. Very photogenic

    harmzies last blog post..Nobody’s Fool

    January 25, 2009
  • He’s just gorgeous now matter what. And I know you know that but I just had to say it too! : )

    I am sorry it worries you though…

    Elaines last blog post..Photostory Friday – The Horse Farm

    January 25, 2009
  • river

    Well, it seems you’re doing all the right things calcium wise. I don’t imagine you’d have to worry about his bones. i’ve had a lifetime of drinking very little milk and only recently got into the cheese and yoghurt, I’ve never broken a single bone in my entire life. In spite of falling out of trees, down stairs and crashing my motorbike. I do have the poor teeth and weak nails though. But my mum had them too and she drank milk, so I don’t know the cause of that particular problem for me.

    January 25, 2009
  • river

    One or two other things:- a teaspoon of honey a day helps the body to retain its calcium, and there are other mineral “triggers” which help the body to fully utilise the calcium available. Vitamins A & D help too, think cod liver oil…..
    Found it–the other triggers are phosphorus and magnesium.
    Phosphorus:- Seeds, grain foods, all wholegrains, beans, nuts, wheatgerm, bran, brazil nuts, almonds, oatmeal, lentils, barley, onions, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, mushrooms, sweetcorn, sweet potato, garlic, most dried fruits. “The condition of the skin, hair and fingernails is also governed by phosphorus….”
    Ooooh!! I’m reading all this from my natural health book, (author Dorothy Hall) which I haven’t read for a while, here’s a line:- “If you want to walk around fully alive, magnesium is for you! Sometimes, if you feel half-dead, this exhaustion can be attributed to insufficient magnesium and phosphorus in foodstuffs.” “Magnesium plays a part in hardening the teeth…….”
    I REALLY need to have another read of this book, which used to be my bible….
    Magnesium:- wheat products, most of the nut family, sesame seeds (again), tomatoes, lettuce, cabbage, celery, radishes, parsley (also rich in iron and calcium), soy beans.
    Obviously I don’t know which foods Braden likes or will eat, but an on-line search for vitamin and mineral contents of foods can’t be a bad idea, and you may be able to coax him into a wider range of foods if he sees you and John eating them. Not saying his diet is lacking at all, just the opposite I’d say, looking at his bright eyes and hair and his energy levels.

    January 25, 2009
  • The nice thing about baby teeth is they fall out.

    Wait till he’s 11 and he chips his front teeth. Then you can freak out like I may have when my son came home with bloody gums and wiggly permanent teeth and have visions of raising a toothless boy for the rest of his life.

    Not that I am speaking from experience. Ahem.

    Wink.

    Redneck Mommys last blog post..I Have Way Too Much Time On My Hands

    January 25, 2009
  • Amanda

    Neilen chipped one of his front teeth, too. I immediately went into freak out mode when I saw it.

    The thing is, he has NO IDEA how it happened. It was either at school (WTF?!) or at my mom’s house while I was at work.

    I am particularly sensitive in this area because I had to have my two front teeth pulled because I fell hard on them and basically killed the nerve endings or whatever. So from ages 5-7, my grandpa sung to me relentlessly: “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth!” And I hated it.

    Bah.

    January 25, 2009
  • Won’t the little ladies at the playground love a little guy who looks rough and tumble? Either way, he is a doll.

    *pixie*s last blog post..Honestly? I should get off my ass a little more often.

    January 25, 2009
  • Baby teeth are mostly enamel AND they don’t stick around. By seven, his mouth will be full of giant, sturdy grown-up teeth. Isn’t that CRAZY?

    Becks last blog post..A Burning Post

    January 26, 2009
  • Tranny Head

    Dude! Candy cigarettes were totally badass. My friend and I would ride our bikes with our 80′s slap bracelets and t-shirt ties and we were AWESOME with our candy cigarette badass selves.

    Though I admit, after thinking about the texture in relation to teeth, I totally had an inner cringe.

    *shudder*

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    January 26, 2009
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    January 28, 2009
  • It is a big problem for parents if their child’s tooth got damaged.Vitamin D is also necessary for strong teeth.

    February 08, 2009

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