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The Tooth Toll Continues To Rise

I don’t know quite how this happened, but the girls lost a total of three teeth on Friday.

I know, right??

We went to the dentist Friday morning (yes, I’m the sadist who makes her kids go to the dentist the morning after Halloween) and as the dentist did a routine cleaning, one of Maddie’s teeth popped out. The staff made such a huge deal over the whole thing that Cora began determinedly working at her loose bottom tooth, trying to match her sister.

As Cora sawed away at her lower tooth, the dentist told me it was time to forcibly pull Maddie’s loose upper tooth; it’s been loose for eight months but going slightly crooked behind her other front tooth, so we could never work it loose enough to come out. We’ve been giving it time, but we’d hit the point where it was causing her adult tooth to grow in crooked, so we knew it was time to pull the plug on the whole Let Nature Take Its Course thing.

So Maddie got a dose of laughing gas and numbing shots, and that top tooth finally came out. The staff presented Maddie with two tiny plastic tooth cases shaped like mice: our dentist is from Mexico City and apparently Mexico doesn’t have a Tooth Fairy, but Ratoncito, the mouse who comes and eats the tooth beneath a child’s pillow.

Cora thought this was SO cool that she began struggling once again with her loose tooth. The hygienist finally took pity on the poor child and gave Cora a little mouse box for when her tooth finally came out.

Which happened that afternoon.

Cora worked for a good ten minutes after school, and the poor tooth finally came out. So the girls went to bed that night with one tooth under Cora’s pillow and two under Maddie’s.

The tooth fairy is officially broke.


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