Today was a big day for Luca. The problem with Luca’s front teeth was finally going to be dealt with. His enamel chipped away, causing major cavities in all of his front teeth. Normally this is considered “bottle rot” caused by babies sent to bed with bottles in their mouth. Since Luca was never bottle fed, we’re at a loss for what caused it. And having no reasonable dental care while we were living in the shelter, we had no way of getting it taken care of when it should have been. It was an all around awful situation. As I’m sure you can imagine, I’ve got a lot to say about access to proper medical and dental care by families living in shelter situations, but that’s for another day.
Oz took Luca in for oral surgery today, where they were supposed to put caps on all of Luca’s upper teeth and a couple of his baby molars. The idea was to get rid of anything unhealthy so Luca could have all healthy teeth moving forward. No matter what caused the problem, we were going to have a chance to make sure things only got better from here on in.
Luca was super brave. He went in with the attitude that he was getting his teeth fixed and everything would be better after that. He wasn’t even the least bit scared about any of it. Such a brave little bear!
After the surgery we got the full report. They weren’t able to anchor most of the caps, so he ended up loosing almost all of his top teeth. Poor kid! But they assured us with no baby teeth standing in the way, his adult teeth should grow in much quicker. Hopefully it won’t be too long before Luca’s back to usual.
The good news is Luca is already back to his normal, happy self. Right there you can see Luca sucking down a Popsicle, the third one since they got home. Overall you couldn’t ask for a happier kid, even with everything that’s gone on.
So why am I posting about this? Well, for several reasons. The first of which being a caution to families that are so radical they don’t even require tooth brushing…this is what can happen. This isn’t because of a lack of tooth brushing but a lack of proper dental care while we were living in the shelter system, but the results can easily be the same if you’re not careful.
However, the big reason I’m writing about this? Luca is the kid I have the most pictures of. I wouldn’t want people to wonder if they saw smiles with missing top teeth. I don’t want to make people ask “What happened there?” Well, now you know.
Because of all of this, we’re going to be cutting as much sugar out of our diets as possible. I guess this is really going to help with our healthy food push anyway, but this is definitely a kick in the butt to do it. So out goes anything with processed sugars or high-fructose corn syrup (Corde will be happy). Instead we’ll be focusing on healthy eating and keeping away from all those crazy additives. Luca’s big adventure is going to be a huge change for all of us. I’m just glad Luca is still happy as ever, and loves the idea of getting on a healthy diet kick.