The night before Lexie’s birthday party, Jase lost another tooth. I’m not counting so I can’t tell you how many he has lost. But for Lexie, it was a reminder that she still has yet to lose one.
Jase lost his first tooth in February of 2012 – just three months before his 7th birthday. It was barely hanging on, and the dentist pulled it for him. Jase has always been hesitant to pull his teeth. He is afraid that it will hurt. I was the same way as a child and remember the dentist pulling a few of mine too.
Jase lost another one at the dentist office last September. The hygienist was polishing his tooth, and it just came out. He didn’t feel a thing. He was happy. Not only did he get another cute little treasure chest to put his tooth in, he knew the tooth fairy would be stopping by that evening.
For a first tooth, our tooth fairy leaves two dollar coins. After that the rate is one dollar coin per tooth.
The funny thing is this last tooth that came out is one of the first that didn’t have another tooth already come in behind it. Typically, you think of the new tooth coming in under the baby tooth and forcing it out. Sometimes, however, the baby teeth don’t want to leave the mouth, and the permanent tooth comes in behind it. This phenomenon is known as shark teeth. This happens with about 10% of kids.
Shark teeth really doesn’t mean much except that when the baby tooth finally did come out, there was a tooth already in its place so Jase never had that missing tooth grin that so many kids have. The one that just came out in March did not have a tooth behind it so it was his first chance at that classic childhood grin.
I would say that the most interesting incident we had with losing a tooth was two years ago. The family was getting ready for a trip to Disney World. Jase had a loose tooth, but we just couldn’t seem to grab it well enough to pull it. Those things are so small and slippery sometimes. (Even the dentist had a hard time with his first tooth.) So I went to Disney World prepared for him to lose his tooth. I just didn’t expect it to fall out the instant we walked through the gates of the Magic Kingdom. Luckily, I was carrying the tooth treasure chest. The tooth fairy even found Jase while we were there and left her customary dollar coin.
So now we are just waiting for Lexie to lose her first tooth. She checks quite often to see if any of them are loose. I know one day soon she will be thrilled to have one wiggle when she touches it. And then it will be time to put the tooth fairy on alert.