Yesterday, Z1 showed me that one of his bottom teeth is shaky. He's super excited about it and is telling anyone and everyone who will hear that he's about to lose his first tooth. He is looking forward to the "tooth fairy" (who he knows is us, his parents) leaving him something in place of his lost tooth.
I've been dreading the day my kids started to lose their teeth. I'm a little vain in that I worry about the crazy, snaggedly way kids teeth look when they start growing back in--great big adult teeth (growing every which way sometimes) mixed in with tiny baby teeth. But more so, I worry about it because of my experience. I had really great teeth up until I started to lose them and they began to come back in. There were multiple excruciating tooth extractions and other painful tooth processes (trying to move teeth that had grown too close to each other). And for a long time, my teeth looked straight up crazy. I refused to smile to wide. They eventually straightened out to a decent degree (without braces) but I still have some crowding in some areas about which I remain self-conscious.
I'm hoping that since my kids eat a vastly different diet than I did, one rich in whole grains and low in simple sugars, they will have better luck in the dental department. I'm still nervous though. One thing is for sure: if they need braces, they will get braces. I know my parents probably didn't have the money for them so I don't blame them necessarily. But they both have perfectly straight, white teeth naturally. And my mom is good for saying, "All my children had nice teeth when they were little" . . . not so much now, I suppose. But whatever, if I have to do a payment plan or something, I'll do it to make sure my kids won't have to worry about jacked up teeth (in addition to the myriad of other things they'll have to worry about in the future).