If she doesn't than I guess she won't be getting the tooth my son pulled out after school today! I HAD NO IDEA HE EVEN HAD A LOOSE TOOTH. I brush his teeth everyday! Granted he always has his tongue near the toothbrush (defensive moves) so I can't see very well where he lost the tooth.
He came home after school and looked at me with distress the minute I got him in the door. I asked him what was wrong and he pointed to the trunk/end table next to our couch. He wanted a tissue. I gave it to him and he put it in his mouth. I knew that meant he had a loose tooth. He doesn't like getting the blood on him when he is yanking on a loose tooth and likes to put the tissue over the tooth to avoid messes, God bless him. So then he hands me the tissue and looks at me like he wants me to get the tooth out because it is bugging him. I don't pull teeth. No way. Neither does my husband. Luckily, when Stephen was little his teeth eventually fell out or he pulled them out.
He had a real urgency with getting this one out though. It could be due to the fact that 3 out of the last 4 loose teeth he has had, had to be pulled (crowns on the baby teeth made them stick to the gum and one tooth actually had one long root still attached, blech!!). This one had a crown also. And I was not really shocked to see that the new tooth was already about 1/4 out of the gum under the old tooth. That was the case with all the other ones that had to be pulled. I think he figured he'd rather do it himself than get it pulled.
His lovely collection of crowned teeth are the direct result of the pounds of candy reinforcers he was given in ABA over the couple of years at 2 different points in his life that he had it and not allowing us to brush his teeth when he was little due to sensory issues with his mouth. I believe he only has one crown left to loose thank God! I never want to have to take him to the dentist again to have a stubborn tooth pulled.
So I took him upstairs and put Anbesol on it after a lot of coaxing and reassurance that it would make him feel better and not hurt him. He kept pulling it and there was blood. I showed him how to take water into his mouth and spit it out. This is a big milestone! He spits out toothpaste when I tell him too, but we haven't tried swishing or even just taking water into his mouth and spitting it out. He really liked doing this. And he kept pulling and rinsing and spitting out the blood. I tried to use his electric toothbrush to loosen the skin on the outside gum. He let me go over it a couple times. He was determined to get it out and I gave him some paper towel to just absorb the blood but he kept trying to pull it out. There was nothing more I could do. He was going to keep trying to pull it out and he seemed to have control over the blood. So I took him to his room and told Olivia to check on him while I finished watching "Schindler's List". I have been wanting to see it since it came out. It was soooo long and I thought I'd be able to finish before the kids got home and it was so close to the end that I had to finish watching it.
I went downstairs and about five minutes later heard him coughing. I thought oh God he is puking from the blood in his mouth. I ran upstairs and he was just standing there poking the spot with his tongue. I looked in his mouth and the darn thing was gone. WHERE WAS THE TOOTH!? I looked everywhere in his room and couldn't find it. DARN IT! No Tooth Fairy. I think he swallowed it. When all his teeth were pulled they wouldn't let us keep them. In the past he has swallowed, lost or done something with his pulled out teeth. He made a Tooth Fairy pillow in class last year and we have only been able to do use it once : ( But at least the tooth is out without a trip to the dentist and he is happy!