Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Truth about the Tooth

September 2009, all her teeth in tact :)

The morning she had the tooth removed, little clown! This was about an hour after the tooth was pulled!

Several people have noticed the cute little gap that now graces Miss Hannah's smile. When she first visited the dentist, we noticed some transparency on one of her front teeth. Further investigation would confirm that this particular tooth was damaged and she had severe decay just at the root. Honestly, we are surprised that she did not have more pain, the dentist thinks that perhaps it had been this way for a long time and the tooth was pretty much dead. However, we ran the risk of an absess. We all agreed, the tooth would need to come out. Our plans were quickened when the tooth broke as Hannah chomped happily on a pretzel. It was jagged, rough and the top surface had cracked off.

I did a double take and then another and was slightly panicked when I realized that this expedited things considerably. Just before Thanksgiving, Hannah had her tooth pulled. She was a champion...the dentist was a champion...me? Not.so.much! Hannah has taught me many things about life; she is a brave survivor and though this is the story of one little tooth, it represents a host of beautiful character traits in Hannah.

When it was all done. She came home removed the packing herself (oh yes she did!) and demanded a soft pretzel! When said pretzel was inhaled, Hannah gazed adoringly in the mirror and said, "There, now I am pretty like Emily." As much as I dreaded her having that tooth removed, I realize now, certain things are necessary to move us forward, give us strength, increase our trust.

For the record. Hannah has been back to the dentist twice since the extraction and has no fear at all of her beloved Dr. G!


Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

She is so sweet! I love her little gap.....and that cute smile that lights up the room!!

It always amazes me how such little kids rebound so quickly.....it is always harder on us...the parents!! We are more fearful then they are at times!!

Hope you are doing well Heather....I would love to see you all soon:)



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Sharon Sloan said...

OK, this was cute until the pulling out the packing part herself! Let me regain my balance....

OK. Whew.

Hannah is indeed strong and courageous. Tenacity! And she has the soft mushy side, too.

I love that she said "Now I am pretty just like Emily." Em must have loved that! :) They both are gorgeous.

Just went to Dr. G after school with the cherubs. He really is a sweetheart of a dentist!


Karen said...

She is so cute and such a strong lil girl. I love what she said about being pretty like Em

I was weepy looking at photos of our girls in China 3 years ago. I am feeling very nostalgic.

kim said...

Oops that was me...a friend is in China and I am posting for her and I did not sign out:(

Beth said...

A-DOR-A-BLE!!! I just love your family! Another precious story. ;)

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Mama Duck said...

What a darling smile little Hannah has! You always tell stories so well, Heather...and Hannah's comment about being pretty like Emily is just priceless!

What a big girl!!

The Byrd's Nest said...

Awww.... I LOVE this girl! She is brave and resilient...and just like her big sister AND her Mommy! I thought she was too young to lose her first tooth...she is precious!

Kristy said...

That smile just lights up a room doesnt it!!!

Love and blessings, Kristy

DiJo said...

Hey You!!!

It has been so long... I love reading your words.. The post on Hannah praying for Emily is so precious. And, such a reminder to this Mom to listen to my girls.... We too have our moments between sisters, and it is not always "easy!" on my patience gene.

I think H looks absolutely adorable without that tooth. It amazes me how tough our girls are!

I hope you have a wonderful week!


Michelle said...

What a brave little girl. And she looks adorable. I'm glad her repeat visits have gone well, too.

Hugs to you!

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