Tuesday, March 03, 2009

The Funny Things Kid's Say

Just a quick post today. I may add more to this later on, but it always strikes me the funny things kids say at the dentist. Of course, they say funny stuff all the time. I am just blessed to hear it more often than most because I see so many children every day.


"No, I can't lie down, because --my brain is too small"

"That Sucks, that really sucks a lot"--child referring to the dental suction.

Yesterday, in our office, a child recovering from a sedative medication looked at her mother and said: "Mommy, you have three eyes".

Also, yesterday a child said (with pride): "I broke my brother's arm. Yea, we fight real bad. I broke his arm."

Other things overheard: "My lip is fluffy". "Is this real life? Teenager on Nitrous: "dude, duuuude, this is so weird"

The little films we use to take intraoral x-rays are called "Bitewings" because basically you bite on them. Well, a long time ago a young girl heard something different: "Bat wings? you aren't going to put bat wings in MY mouth!"

Student dentist sees mother and young three year old child--Student: "How you doin sport?" Child says, "I ain't no spoat you fool!" Mom then says: "Oh, don't pay no mind to him, he's got an electron a loost inside of his head."

Patient looking over to the doctor (not me)--said: "You ugly"

Thank you for letting me look at your teeth--patient says "you're Not welcome"

6 year old girl: "A boy kissed me one time--I kicked him in the shin".

I yawned in front of a young patient--he said: "Yea, my dad is tired of his job too."

This is sooo funny, (but I worry about this kid and whether he was ready to leave the office)-still funny:



More to come....

26 comments:

carolinamaine said...

Ha! I think this is my friend's kid. I'm a displaced Alabamian.

I do have a question. My eight year old just lost her bottom front tooth and her upper left front tooth. The bottom permanent tooth is growing in crooked--looks crowded. The two teeth that flank the new permanent tooth are mildly wiggly. Should I have them removed to make room in her mouth? Thanks.

Dr. Dean Brandon said...

Simply put--it depends. Let them take a look. If there is enough room, it might strighten out. See my post on permanent teeth coming in beind baby teeth--some of that applies here.

M said...

Hi:
I have a question. My 3 year old chipped her front tooth a few months ago. Everything was ok until a week ago when an abscess developed. Her dentist put her on antibiotics to get rid of the infection and wants to see her in a month. I just finished with her antibiotics and the gum seems a little red still (above her tooth). Do you think the infection is still there? Should the tooth be pulled? I'm seeing her dentist on Monday but I just wanted to get some information before. Thanks so much!

Dr. Dean Brandon said...

My experience is that, if a tooth is abscessed antibiotics help calm things down, but will not cure an abscess. Most need to be removed. A few can have a baby tooth root canal, but that is not done too much. Ask your Pediatric Dentist what they think is best.

Lori Snell said...

My 7 yo daughter "G" had a pulpotomy and crown (lower primary tooth)about 6 months ago which developed an abscess about 2 wks ago. I thought this was a rare occurence and that pulpotomies were usually very effective in treating tooth decay. Her dentist said tooth will have to be extracted even though the abscess is draining on its own and my daughter has no pain. My concern is that the dentist isn't very skilled. G also had the same procedure done on the other side of her mouth (upper primary tooth). The dentist filled a tooth next to that crown. Filling fell out sometime in the last six months and we didn't realize it. Now the cavity is larger and she will have to have the pulpotomy/crown. Are these normal problems? Is it possible our chosen dentist is not very capable? If a filling falls out w/in 6 months should we have to pay to repair the problem? It seems like the work was poorly done. Thx for your input.

Dr. Dean Brandon said...

99% of the time pulpotomies will not have any significant problems. However, occasionally they will "abscess" like you mentioned. Usually you do have to remove the tooth, although each case is different and sometimes you can monitor the situation. Why do they abscess? Usually due to the original cavity irritating the pulp so much that the tissue in the root canals has problems. Sometimes you really can't tell why and I have seen some kids more prone than others. Kids are rough on their teeth. While a large filling can be ok in a permanent tooth, a large filling in a baby tooth can fracture--or the tooth around it can chip too, in addition to perhaps getting new decay. Thats why crowns...So the concerns you present are frustrating , but unfortunately not too unusual. I have even had some fillings I have done have problems. If you have some trepidation, it is always good to seek the advice of a Pediatric Dentist. Might want to read more here on the blog about pulpotomies, fillings etc.

kiwigal said...

Hi, my almost 6 year old daughter just loosened her front upper left tooth on the trampoline. It was already slightly wiggly. She has lost 1 of the lower front teeth already. Should I just leave it, only ever so slight blood loss and not really causing an problem to her. I did try and push it back into place and it seems to have settled back a little more than when it initially happened 2 hours ago?

Thank you so much!

Dr. Dean Brandon said...

On traumas, you are really best to consult your child's pediatric dentist. I would suspect you are correct that those froun baby teeth , --they usually have very short roots at that age and are very easy to knock loose.

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Anonymous said...

Yes we all love Children. That is one of the most rewarding things we get to do here at Lubbock Dentist-Tx.

Anonymous said...

Hi! I might be a little old for this... but it's worth a shot. I'm 19 and I've recently (as in a few months ago) noticed a kind of "hard" spot between two of my front teeth on my bottom jaw. It really just feels like another tooth, it's not a lump or anything... just my gum seems hard, just like bone. But, it gives me no pain or anything. I would go to the dentist but college has a way of making that difficult! I've looked online (which brought me to this site) and nothing really seems to match my symptoms... Thank you for any input!!

Dr. Dean Brandon said...

Pediatric Dentist's see "kids" up tp age 21, so no, you are not too young.

Any lump is a concern, but it might be nothing more than a normal sturcture, but also could be somethng else. If you smoke or use somkeless tobacco, I would get it checked out soon. Otherwise, when you can, have a dentist take a look. Good luck. BTW, there may be a pediatric dentist in your college town, that might be able to see you. If not, certainly many general (adult) dentists around too.

wafa said...

hi there. love ur blog. i just have a question .. what is the immediate and long term consequences of an avulsed permanent incisor? and what can u do to avoid these in ur management?! final BDS exams in two weeks..freakin out!!!

Dr. Dean Brandon said...

Thanks,--On the knocked out tooth thing, read my post Fractured Teeth, Knocked out Teeth, and other Pediatric Dental Accidents


Each case is different as trauma may affect areas around the teeth, boney and root fracutres, etc. but usually spint removal within 10-14 days--also a Root canal within about 10 days is recommended. Sometimes calcium hydroxide in there for a while might reduce external resprption. It is a little unpredictable. Two avulsed teeth treated exactly the same may react differently.

Josh, Shy said...

Hi, I am taking my 6 yr old to get cavities fixed, don't ask how it got to this, but it did. His appointment is tomorrow and I am freaking out. I need some advice on how to make this painless for him. Do I ask for sedation? Is there anything else I can ask them to put him on so this is not so traumatic that he won't want to go to the dentist ever again? I am one of those mothers who can't stand to watch their kids be hurt, when i take my 2 yr old for shots, I stand outside till they are done, I can't bare to see that look on their faces that breaks your heart. So please help me make this a little easier for both of us.

Thank you
Shyanne

Dr. Dean Brandon said...

Shyanne,

If this is his first visit, they will hopefully explain everything and you can ask questions. My #1 recommendation is to take him to a Pediatric Dentist.

Nurse Line said...

And how my children hate to visit the dentist of I could give you the video.Great post I completely relate to this topic.

Generic Propecia said...

Kids hate to go to the dentist for appointments to clean up the cavities...what can I say to a 7 year old child?

Dr. Dean Brandon said...

see my post on What to say

sb said...

Hi - my 9 yr olds lower eye tooth has been slightly loose for a couple of months. Tonight we noticed that the gum around it was red and she said it "feels smooth". Is this likely from her wiggling or is it something we should have checked out?
Thanks

Dr. Dean Brandon said...

Lower cuspids usually fall out around 9-10 years af age, but I'd advise getting it checked out if it remains a problem. You never know.

Kendell said...

Great post! I've found a couple of funny videos (like the Dakota Fanning video) on your website that I'd love to post on a website I help run - DentalToons.com. Would you mind if I linked back to your blog and gave you credit for making us aware of some great dental humor? You can contact me via our website if you have any questions or I'll check back here. Keep up the great blog!

Dr. Dean Brandon said...

Feel free to link. Glad you enjoy the Dakota Fanning videos.

Kendell said...

Just posted it. Check it out here. Let me know if you'd like your link to say anything different. Thanks again!

Cheerful said...

great blog on pediatric dentistry...:) i've been coming back and forth here for few weeks now. our daughter is 3 years old, her 4 upper front teeth is really hopeless, and got swollen gums then we went to checked it, she was given antibiotics, had her dental x-ray and advised for root canal for 3 teeth and filling for 4 teeth. ís root canal really necessary? is it same process with adult root canal or different for a baby teeth? which is harder to do, root canal or extract and space maintainer? i was worried for her to get trauma because last Sunday when she had filling for one of her teeth, she cried out loud and we are 5 people holding her already plus the dentist. she loves going to dentist but she was so different that day. on wednesday we will be back for root canal, but i am more worried now. it will be done by endodontics or it should be done by pedodontics? hope you can answer me, thanks heaps! :)

Dr. Dean Brandon said...

The term "root canal" in pediatric dentistry is tossed around loosely. It can mean a pulpectomy or pediatric root canal (not the same as an adult tooth root canal but similar), or a pulpotomy or variations. read my posts here on all that:

What is a root canal?

What is a Puloptomy?

Lots of posts on Behavior management

Also other posts on space maintenance are there too somewhere.

Sounds like a pediatric dentist is the one to evaluate that behavior. I do some adult root canals but refer most of those. The pediatric root canals I do myself. Good luck! By the way I do not know many dentists open on Sunday.