Day 24: Autism Awareness Blogathon
It was D Day at school today. The education department provides a dentistry service which is available for all children who attend state schools. For children attending special schools, the service is more tailored. The dentist/s come to the school to have an initial look at the kids chompers and if any work is required, then appointments at the clinic are required and with many kids, that involves general anaesthetic. Please….please don’t make us go there!!!
Needless to say, I was a bit nervous. I am currently responsible four four sets of teeth. Keeping them all clean is up to me alone and I feel that responsibility heavily. I’m lucky that L doesn’t have a particularly sweet tooth. He has no interest in lollies/candy – you’d get a better reaction if you gave him a stone! He has discovered chocolate more recently, but would never ask for it, has to be convinced to try a little piece and then he remembers that it is something that he likes.
We’ve been working on the teeth cleaning routine since he’s had teeth and it’s only in recent months that he will willingly open his mouth wide enough so that I can ‘access all areas’. Well just for a minute, but I’ll take that! An electric toothbrush has been helpful as the sensory input is both enjoyable and calming for my boy. So I’ve done my best but I was a little nervous on getting the verdict from the dentist.
I shouldn’t have been! Yay me! Teeth all in good order. Woo hoo! No decay, only grinding (which I already knew about) The dance of joy!