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May 01, 2005


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hey, if austin powers can have self esteem with those chompers, so can our kids. or maybe that only happens in the movies.

agreed, jasper's tooth looks appalling, but i don't know if it is a one million point error. he is not in pain, and though it can't be cured, it can be taken care of.

and, we couldn't have prevented it. i COULD do guilt for not using bottled water, but have decided to try not to. xo


Aw, you two beat yourselves up too much. You can read all the books in the world and still not be prepared for what's thrown at you. My husband and I were having this discussion the other evening. I told him, "Hey, I'm new at this too. Sure, I've read a few books, but I don't have all the answers." All we can do is give it our best and when problems arise try to fix.

Can a dentist possibly cap off the tooth, so there is no pain with the nerve exposed? Maybe the nerve isn't exposed-sorry if I misread.

Good luck.


Is there a paediatric dental dept in Hong Knog that can help you deal with this? In Dunedin we have NZ's dental school and they have a specialist dept in paediatrics. Friends of ours had their little boy with this and they have capped all his first teeth. Like you, they are not sure what the prognosis is with his second teeth - but the capping in the meantime prevents any decay and means that he can eat pain free. If you can, I really think that you need a specialist opinion sooner rather than later.

I'm really really sorry that this curve ball has come when things seem to be going so well.


When I was pregnant with my oldest daughter, the doctor encouraged me to eat nuts for extra nutrition. I developed a huge craving for pecans, and ate a handful a day. This continued through the pregnancy and 17 months of breastfeeding.

At 2 years old my daughter ate her first pecan and went into anaphylactic shock and could have died had we not rushed her to the hospital. There's NO history of allergies of any kind, so I had no idea what was going on when a half hour after eating one bite of a sticky bun with crushed pecans on top, she vomited violently and then passed out, drooling, eyes rolled back into her head.

Later, an allergist gave her a full panel and she was "off the charts" for pecans. The doctor said half of one pecan will kill her if she doesn't get drugs and to a hospital immediately. Even just inhaling the dust of tree nuts (like at a chocolate shop or bakery) starts shutting down her airway. I now carry a syringe with me at all times, and shadow her on all school field trips and playdates.

Turns out that recent research points to my generous consumption of nuts during pregnancy and lactation to be the cause of her life-threatening allergy. Yes, I feel the guilt, even though at the time I thought I was doing a good thing by reaching for pecans instead of crisps or chocolate. Now pregnant and lactating moms are being advised to eat nuts in moderation, or not at all.

As much as we read and prepare for parenthood, there will always be new research debunking things we thought were the best possible choices.

The bud for Jasper's baby tooth was there when he was drinking floridated formula, so it was affected as it was developing. His adult teeth may come in fine.

I have a nephew who had cleft palate, and he didn't even get front teeth. My cousin had her 12 month old daughter in a backpack when she leaned into a car and her daughter's face banged into the frame of the car, knocking out her front teeth. It was a horrible mess at the time, but her toothless grin at age 4 has become a darling part of her persona.

So get Jasper to a pediatric dentist and find out what special needs he may have with that tooth (if it hurts him, perhaps extraction is necessary). Everyone will love him regardless of his toothy grin.

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