My oldest has had a wobbly tooth for a couple of weeks. She is 6. I believe this is a normal age for tooth loss – some go earlier and some a little later so we had been expecting it especially since lots of her classmates have lost teeth.
We thought the tooth may have fallen out on holidays but it hung on. In fact the tooth beside it also got wobbly! The race was on – which one would go first? Then, suddenly yesterday, the tooth that became wobbly second got very wobbly – I mean a matter of hours, a day at the most left for it.
This evening bingo! It got so wobbly it was hanging on by a thread!
There was a mixture of tears and excitement! Eventually after not allowing mum or dad to touch it she got a piece of tissue and pulled! Out it popped! I don’t think she could believe it….neither could we!
Okay, it was her second tooth to loose but her first was a molar that seemed to have some issue last year. It crumbled and had to be extracted by the dentist. She was very brave then but I have never considered that she lost her first tooth. Today is a milestone! I looked at that tiny tooth and remembered its arrival – the teething, the little white line pocking through the gum and thinking how strange to see a little tooth in her gummy mouth! Now I am looking at her thinking, how strange to see gum in her little toothy mouth!
Now she awaits the tooth fairy this evening. What a lovely little concept. A magical time in any child’s (and parents!) life. Suffice to say this is the beginning of a journey of losing all those baby teeth and getting the teeth that will serve her the rest of her life. For now, I will continue to encourage her to brush those teeth properly twice a day – after all the tooth fairy doesn’t like rotten teeth!