“Sad Tooth, Sad Tooth…”

A few months ago, Joshua came up to me and said, “Mom!  Mom!”  and pulled me by the hand to the bathroom mirror in my room so he could show me he had a wiggly tooth.  How exciting!  I was amazed by how he was becoming aware of new things happening to his body.  I wiggled his tooth and exclaimed to him how exciting it was he had a loose tooth!

Joshua has observed his older sisters and brother with their loose teeth and all the excitement around their impending extractions and although he couldn’t get out all the words, he was quite excited.

At Joshua’s last dentist appointment a few weeks ago, on President’s Day, we showed Dr. Cory Gaunt his loose tooth and after the excitement of getting his first x-rays done that day, we got to see what his new teeth were looking like, getting ready for erupting under his gums.  Dr. Gaunt offered to pull his wiggly tooth, but I declined the offer, thinking that I didn’t want his visit to the dentist to include anything remotely traumatic and told him I thought we’d just have nature take it’s course.  As I discussed in previous posts regarding the dentist, Joshua’s mouth is quite sensitive to the touch, as common with most children with autism, so as even brushing his teeth can be a challenge.  I didn’t want him to get his tooth pulled if it could just come out on it’s own…which it did, soon enough!

Two weeks later, Joshua’s wiggly tooth was ready to go.  Seriously.  Ready.  To. Go.  However, Joshua was not wanting me to pull it.  I offered every time I looked at it.  Prior to the bus coming to pick him up on Tuesday of this week, his tooth was lying almost completely flat and yet he still wouldn’t let me pull it and didn’t want to pull it himself.  So, I quickly wrote a note to the school and gave them permission to pull it.  They diligently kept watch on it all morning, I was told, and after giving Joshua some raisins, he suddenly exclaimed, “Oh, no!  My tooth!” and then proceeded to sing his “Sad teeth” song, where he got that, I’m not sure…maybe from the teeth unit they did at school?  Regardless, I got a note from the aide that made me laugh that evening:

Dear Tooth Fairy,

I swallowed my tooth with a raisin!  Please look for it tomorrow (Ha!) or just say goodbye!  (Sorry) 🙁



I decided to not go into the whole “Tooth Fairy” thing with him due to not being convinced that he would really understand what it was about, especially with his tooth being in his tummy!  I assured the older kids that he’d still get his 75 cents, however.

Below are some pictures taken the next day, thanks to a friend as some child who will remain nameless, was using my camera and didn’t turn it off when downloading pictures to the computer and “exhausted” the batteries…  Enjoy his toothless grin!

Missing tooth Closeup Missing Tooth

 Joshua with IBI therapist, Amber, showing off his missing tooth.




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