Monday, August 9, 2010

This Brave Boy....


had three cavities filled, one pulpectomy, and one tooth pulled with a spacer put in. And he was the best trooper I have ever seen--- way more tough and brave than I could ever be.

Now just three more cavities on the other side that need to be fixed and he will be set!

P.S. Just wondering. Did Paul set a record for most cavities at the first dental visit home? Just how many did your kids have?

19 comments:

  1. Our little Sveta had to had several cavities filled and two teeth pulled why she and Nadya were visiting in April. She still had more cavities to go but the dentist thought it would be a lot of trauma for her to take all at once. Lord willing she will be taking care of her teeth like we taught her so that her first visit when she is home will not be so bad.

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  2. six with an extraction and root canal...but of course she was 15...He has a fabulous smile BTW!

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  3. We did 4 on one side and then 4 on the other. 4 were root canals.

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  4. While shes not home yet, when we had our girl here this winter she had an "Uncountable" number of cavities according to the dentist. Oh joy. I do not look forward to that!!
    Glad Paul handled it so well. I am not brave when it comes to the dentist so Im always impressed by people who are. Glad he's 1/2 way to the end :)

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  5. I think we may have topped it all unfortunately. My kids from Stavropol were by far the worst shape for teeth. Yana's dentist literally stopped counting after 33! Couple cavitites in a few teeth. Luckily, there were still a lot of baby teeth. It has taken years to fix her mouth and all the damage done. My dentist is awesome & does humanitarian work on Moldovian orphanages. And, he always donates a couple hundred of toothbrushes for us to take over each time we go. Paul did look like a real trooper in that picture.

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  6. Oh Christine! When we brought Sam home (at 2) his mouth was so full of cavities! I don't remember how many! He had the worst teeth! SO VERY GLAD to have THAT over with...and glad for Paul that the worst is over for him!
    He is TRULY a brave, brave boy!

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  7. When we hosted Alex I looked in his mouth and cringed. Everything looked bad to me in the back and really worn down and small. We took him to an exam while being hosted and was told most everything was in his baby teeth and if not bothering him-not to do anything. We didn't. By the time we got him home he had lost all but one rotten baby teeth and we have not had to fill one cavity. (He pretty much just pulled out the rotten one himself when the dentist told him that was his last one.)
    He does have a mouth full of braces because his new-not cavity filled teeth-were coming in every which way!
    We've had a number of kids through our program with 10+ cavities and root canals but nothing like some of your other comments. Good grief!
    Paul is a trooper I would say-especially given the fact that the kids are usually terrified of anything medical related!

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  8. I'm assuming that the kids in the orphanages get no dental treatment whatsoever...sad. I'm glad to hear they're getting all fixed up!

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  9. I commented about our dental experience in your post with that tooth picture. But I'd like to add that YWAM-Kiev (Youth With A Mission) has a dental truck ministry which travels to villages and orphanages to do dental work. I've met some of the folks who run this ministry. You can check it out at YWAM Kiev's website. Very dear friends of ours are missionaries there (though they're home on sabbatical right now). Our kids' teeth were so bad that I'd like to arrange for the dental truck to visit their orphanage while we're in country for our next adoption this fall. And I plan on asking our dentist for a tooth brush donation!

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  10. Our son Isaac, had to have 4 and half hrs of major dental work at the hospital under general anesthisia. It was suppose to be only a 2 hr procedure but was so bad when the surgeon actully went in.. He was 5 and they ended up pulling all but 8 teeth and they hate to pull teeth out but his gums were so bad from the decay... He is now 13 and doing fine... all of his adult teeth have come in normally with no crowding so far.Other kids of ours have had up to 8 cavities and one even had to come back twice for their initial cleaning and then later to get caviities filled his were so bad to do all the cleaning at one time . He was our almost 16 yr old with a cleft though. I am sure the pain level tolerance of some of this children is very high because of their much needed dental care. Glad your Paul did so well.

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  11. we were fortunate--no dental care but they still had no cavities at age 5. dentist said their teeth are like rocks!

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  12. We were blessed with Patrick and fell on the other side of the spectrum.....he some how came home with NO cavities, and no, he did not get exceptional care and a daily brushing, we just got LUCKY!

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  13. neither Daniel or William had any cavaties on the first dental visit. lucky!!!

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  14. Our Nastya(at age 10), had 14 fillings (sometimes several on just one tooth) and at least 4 extractions - 2 were her bottom six year molars and she had to go under anesthsia to have them removed. She literally had black holeds all the way through her front top teeth. We are now in braces (2 years later) and looking eventual implants and some veneers to cover those on the front that are very weak. Not exactly fun for any of us but wow are we grateful for the opportunity of good dental care in our country. And you've never seen a kid that brushes her teeth as good now that she understands how important it is.

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  15. Patrik had no untreated cavities at the time he was adopted by his American family, he came to us from them with three. No insurance in Israel seemed to be teh reason.

    Noa has never had cavities, and it seems the twins have no cavities either.

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  16. Holy cow! After reading all these comments, I'm feeling exceptionally blessed and lucky, since Isabel had no cavities when we brought her home!

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  17. You hit the jackpot. I think three is our most in one visit.

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  18. Wow!! I thought Gerri Sveta was bad :) She had cavities in 10 teeth at age 6. Her teeth looked like she had eaten cheetos and the dentist had to clean them 3 times!! She had 2 dental visits each for 2 hours. she was such a trooper and never complained! She never brushed her teeth till she came home and now remembers to brush every day! :)
    They must have a very high pain threshold!!

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  19. My daughter (adopted through our state's foster care system) had 9 cavities and had to get 10 teeth capped & four extractions. She actually had to have oral surgery to have it all done because of how messed up her teeth were (they were in rows).

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