Open Bite

by Kayte

These kids sure do love going to the dentist. Who wouldn’t with all the swag they get: toothbrushes, floss, stickers, balloons and toys. I always loved it as a kid too, so hopefully the tradition will continue. Both kids’ teeth looked good: no cavities, great gums. Max still has what is called an “open bite” from his thumb-sucking; there’s basically a thumb-sized hole between his upper and lower teeth when he bites down. Since his thumb-sucking is slowly on the downward trend, the dentist still wasn’t overly concerned yet. She said we should start talking about it with him and try to phase it out by the time he is five. Fun fact: Lola quick thumb sucking cold turkey after she was intubated in February and her bite looks perfect.

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Dental Cleaning

by Kayte

Max and Lola had their 6-month dental cleaning today. They both did a great job cooperating with the dentist as she buffed, rinsed, and suctioned. Best of all Max & Lola loved it (especially the balloons!) and have been obsessively brushing their teeth at home.

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Full Mouth

by Kayte

Max finally has all his teeth! His last molar finally started poking through the gum. Now Max & Lola get to enjoy a couple of full-mouthed years before these baby teeth start falling out.

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Slow Teeth

by Kayte

Slowly but surely Max’s last molars are coming through. I just found #19 poking through this week, and judging by the large bump on his gum, #20 is not far behind.

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Lola was excited to get in on the laying-in-the-grass-with-your-mouth-wide-open photo shoot:

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Toothsome

by Kayte

Max is slowly but surely getting those molars – his top-left is starting to poke through. Neither kid has really had major teething symptoms, but Max hasnt liked his electric toothbrush lately. Maybe things are just a bit sensitive in there.

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Second Molar

by Kayte

Max is finally getting his last round of teeth: the second molars or two-year molars, which are closer to three-year at this point. His top-right molar poked through this past week. Just three teeth left to go and he’ll have a full set like Lola. IMG_2449.JPG


Teeth Cleaning

by Kayte

Max & Lola had their six-month checkup at the dentist today. Everything looked great; good brushing and no cavities. Poor Maxie has two chipped teeth from that bad fall last summer (which we had already noticed) but the teeth are healthy and not too sharp so there’s nothing to be done about it.

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Full Set

by Kayte

Lola’s final two molars came in on the right-hand side. Again, without any symptoms of teething. She now has a full set of 20 baby teeth. She will hang onto these until she’s about 6 yrs old; at that point they start falling out and the permanent teeth come in.

That second pursed-lip pose is a “Mom stop messing with my mouth” photo.


Second Molars

by Kayte

Not that this is news, but Lola is one tough cookie. I found yet another molar that had broken through, and she hasn’t been cranky at all. I hear so many horror stories about teething from other people, and here we don’t even notice it. This is her bottom-left which means she has both second molars on the left side. I bravely stuck an exploratory finger back there and it feels like the right side is not far behind.

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Two-Year Molar

by Kayte

Lola is getting her first of the two-year molars. They’re the second set of molars in the way-back, and the last teeth to come in before she has a full mouth. That brings Lola’s total teeth to 17 – guess she didn’t like being tied with Max.

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Tooth Tied

by Kayte

Max finally got his second set of canines. He and Lola both have a total of sixteen teeth. Now we’re just waiting for the last four molars to round out their full toddler-set of twenty.

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Dentist

by Kayte

Max and Lola had their first checkup and cleaning at the dentist today. They were introduced to all the tools, had their teeth counted, cleaned and treated with fluoride. I was surprised how well they handled the toothbrush/buffer and the water squirt/suction. Those are all some pretty weird, new sensations, but Max and Lola took it all in stride. They both got A+ report cards – no cavities and everything looks great. We’re supposed to keep brushing twice a day and come back in six months for their next checkup.

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Tooth Update

by Kayte

It’s been a long time (3 months!) since we’ve had any new teeth. Max is finally getting his upper and lower canines on the right for a total of 14. Lola is holding strong at 16 – no sign of two-year molars just yet.

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Eye Teeth

by Kayte

Lola’s second set of canines (aka eye teeth) cut through for a total of 16 teeth! She’s only missing her “two-year” molars – the last four molars in the way back of her mouth – and then she’ll have the full kid-set of 20.

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Canines

by Kayte

No, not like a dog – teeth! Lola is finally bridging the gap between her molars and front teeth. So far just the top two canines have cut through, but from the red, swollen look of her gums the bottom two aren’t far behind.


Tooth-to-Tooth

by Kayte

Max’s fourth molar cut through. He and Lola are now tied at 12 teeth a piece. It’s interesting that they both have the exact same “layout” – 4 top front, 4 bottom front & 4 molars – supposedly there is absolutely no set order for teeth to appear. Maybe it’s a twin thing.

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Molar Alert

by Kayte

Max opened his mouth real wide today and I saw a big molar that is already halfway through. No wonder he’s been cranky lately – I guess he’s been teething.

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Toothbrush

by Kayte

We’ve been brushing Max & Lola’s teeth/gums since they were about 6 months old. We started with soft silicone brushes, but now they’ve graduated to the electric model.



I’m not sure how I missed this the other day but Max cut another tooth on the bottom-left in front. He now has 10! Almost as many as Lola, but not as fully developed yet.

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2nd Molar

by Kayte

Top-left for a total of 9!

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Max’s Molar

by Kayte

Max finally got his first molar! I noticed it cut through last week when his toothbrush came away bloody. That makes a very uneven total of 8 teeth. Three on the bottom-right, four on the top middle, and now one top-right molar.

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He seems to be feeling much better, but things are still not quite right. Let’s just say he’s still in the disposable diapers. I wonder if it has something to do with the teething, or maybe he’s allergic to something? This has been going on for way too long now.