I don’t think you realise how dominating teeth can be before you become a parent!
When Ella was about 3 months old, I remember us starting to blame things on her teething. Bit grumpy? Teething! Dribbly? Teething! Pink cheeks? Teething!
The reality was that Ella didn’t get her first tooth til she was 11 months old! Highly unlikely those 3 month old symptoms were anything to do with her teeth!
Now, at 22 months old, Ella only has 10 teeth. She’s been slow to cut her teeth. And she has cut them in a non-typical manner! She has 4 teeth on the bottom, but a big gap after the bottom two before the molars. She’s a little gummy bear, and I love her cute little bottom two teeth!
This week, Ella has definitely been teething. She’s been snotty, grumpy, clutching her jaw, waking in the night and had a bit of a high temp one night too. And the teeth next to those bottom two are now visible. She’s losing the gummy bear look!
I’m also obsessed with Ella brushing her teeth. She’s been brushing her own teeth for ages, but not very well! She’s more likely to suck the toothpaste off the brush and think that’s the job done. And try at your peril to try and brush her teeth for her! The mouth gets clamped shut, the head shakes you out of the way and there are tears!
I try to avoid giving her sugary stuff. But inevitably, she does have it. At parties, her grandparents, nursery. And sometimes at home, when we are having treats ourselves.
I’m determined she’ll have good teeth! On some days, I’ve been known to pin her down to get them brushed, which is traumatic for both of us.
This week we decided to have a look on YouTube to see if there were any videos that could help us with the teeth cleaning process. We found a song and cartoon that shows kids brushing their teeth. It lasts over 2 minutes. And so far, so good! Ella is brushing her teeth much better and for longer! She finally seems to be understanding that the brush is for her teeth, not just as a means of eating toothpaste!
And just as those teething days will be over with Ella, we’ll be straight in to it with her new sibling!!