Taking my 5 year old to the dentist


Lauren had a bad fall on Monday afternoon.  She was coming down the stairs and fell forward, the brunt of her injuries on her upper 2 teeth and lips.

She was a sorry sight – swollen upper lip, swollen eyes from crying, gums bleeding.  She looked like a penguin the poor thing.

She was ok, because we gave her Neurofen for the pain, and ice to try and bring down the swelling.  But she wouldn’t let us touch her mouth or her teeth.  Very diplomatic and polite about it, but it was always, “No, don’t do that” or “No thanks it’s ok now”.

I finally got a good look at her mouth on Tuesday and found her teeth a bit shaky.  We couldn’t bring her in straightaway because, ahem we had tickets to Tears For Fears.  Besides, she wasn’t in any more pain, she was eating her porridge, she was talking normally… And I’d waited 20+ years for Tears For Fears leh…

She also developed her own way of spooning porridge into her mouth without touching her 2 front teeth.  It’s like shovelling food and it’s so annoying cos she doesn’t close her lips over the spoon.  Makes for messy eating, but I’m glad her appetite is still ok.

So I took her to KK A&E on Wednesday afternoon after school.  Just a quick consult and got a referral to National Dental Centre (NDC) on Thursday morning 8.30am.

Now it’s worth going to A&E or polyclinic for a referral.  You pay cheaper subsidized rates.  If we’d had gone straight to NDC ourselves, they will see her and charge us full rate.  If it’s a one-off visit it’s fine.  But it’s worth incurring the A&E charge of $85 to make sure that you are not considered a private patient for all procedures from there on out.  Else it’ll just be one big hefty bill at the end.  And it’s not easy to downgrade once you’re accepted as a private patient in the system.  You’d have to be discharged and let it lapse for a year before you can start through the A&E/polyclinic route again.

The dentist was SO GOOD with her.  But he scolded me A LOT.  He was all “Come here darling, oh you’re doing soo well! I’m gonna do this and that with this tool and that, see how it tickles?” and to me it was “Mummy that’s too MANY sweets – Mummy what is this, it’s NOT cheese ah, it’s plaque – Mummy she’s too young, you HAVE to brush her teeth for her”

S’all good.

Lauren has 2 shaky front milk teeth and her permanent teeth look like they aren’t affected.  She’ll have to be on a soft diet for a week.  And we’re going back again in a month because dentist discovered a cavity he needs to fill.  Alamak.


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