Tooth Stories

No. No news here. The Tooth Fairy hasn’t visited lately. She has, actually, only visited 3 three times, and only 2 of those times have been to our home.

We’re late-bloomers at the Just Precious home. Big lost his first tooth this summer. In Maine. On the docks. In the lake. (Yes, I’m purposefully writing in prepositional phrases because I like the affect.) Sadly, we never retrieved that tooth, though we looked and looked and looked and looked. And it sits, or we expect it to sit, buried at the bottom of the lake for all time. Which is actually pretty cool. Big was fine with it. He was biting into a peach when the tooth literally fell out and fell through the opening between the planks of wood. While I was worried about the Tooth Fairy not being able to retrieve the tooth, he commented that he’s sure it’s happened before and that he’d just leave a note.

Hey. Look at that. He’s the mature one.

Here we are looking for the tooth.

still looking...

While we were prepared for the tooth to fall out, we weren’t prepared for what was behind the tooth. A fully-grown-in adult tooth, tipped back a bit. Apparently, Big’s adult teeth are passive-aggressive and don’t push the baby teeth out, they just squeeze themselves in to join the baby tooth until the baby tooth feels like coming out on its own.


His adult tooth is back so far there is still a hole for the tooth.

It’s happened twice. As in, the only 2 teeth Big has lost. At Big’s 7-year appointment, the pediatrician literally jumped back when she looked in his mouth to see the 2nd adult tooth hanging out behind a firm baby tooth. “Big!” she exclaimed. “You have a loose tooth! That tooth should be out already!”

When Big replied that he knew he had a loose tooth, she asked if he’d been wiggling it. “No,” said Big. “My daddy says I can’t put my fingers in my  mouth.”

“Well,” laughed the pediatrician nervously. “Its really important that you listen to your daddy, but in this case, I think we need to tell your dad that you do need to wiggle your tooth.”

The tooth wiggled out that night. Leaving barely a hole but, and, once again, a full-toothed smile because the adult tooth was already in.

Middle, however, has a big gaping hole in his mouth. His front top tooth was pulled this fall when he was found to have an abcess above it in his gums. A quick swab to test for infection loosened the pus inside and, suddenly, that tooth, which we found in an xray to have a corroded root, was loose, loose loose. A week on antibiotics and the pediatric dentist pulled it.


the boys before losing any teeth

What a difference! Most teeth fall out and the tooth is a small little oval-shape. But a prematurely pulled tooth has a huge root! It also leaves a huge space because no adult tooth is there to move in.

The night before Middle’s tooth was pulled we took picture after picture of his baby smile. I love those pictures. I love his unique smile now, too. His face lights up no matter what.

The tooth fairy has visited us three times. We expect her visits to be many, but far between. She leaves us golden tooth fairy money (gold coins) and the boys each received 5 for their first tooth, 1 for each tooth (ahem, the tooth) thereafter. Currently, we have no loose teeth, that I know of. Perhaps I should look into Big’s mouth, behind his baby teeth, to see if he has any adult teeth accompanying.

PS Little, at almost 19 months, has 7 teeth, coming in all out of order. She’s following her brothers’ footsteps.

Update: I wrote this on Sunday night. As I was editing and putting the pictures up this afternoon, big showed me that his top tooth is loose. Can’t tell if there’s an adult tooth behind it. I’m sure it’ll be in by nightfall. Time to wiggle!

I’m a Parenting Guru on Yahoo!’s Shine! This post was inspired by our March topic: When the Tooth Fairy Visits Our House. You can read more of my Parenting Guru posts on my personal Shine! page and other Parenting Guru’s posts on Shine.

mom of 3 and wife living in the Philadelphia suburbs, Julie is a former elementary school teacher and a Public Relations manager. She is the owner/editor of Julieverse, a merchandiser with Chloe + Isabel ( and founder VlogMom and Splash Creative Media. A marketing strategist and freelance education and parenting writer by trade, Julie attempts to carve out time to enjoy playing with her kids, PTO, cooking and exercise.

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  1. says

    awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!!!!! Gracie has swallowed three of the four teeth she has lost. we have no idea why, but she keeps doing it!! i love those gap-toothed smiles!


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