Monday, September 26, 2011



Yay! I surprised my daughter today by making it to her field hockey game today.  She's eleven years old and its only her second game that she's ever played.  I didn't make her first game because I had to work so this was a big deal for the both of us.
Lucky for me the end of my work day thinned out so I was able leave early.  I was a little late but I still made it before halftime.  It was worth it just to see the surprised look on her face when she saw me standing on the sidelines.  Great job Megs!

That's Megan!


Working as a dental hygienist in a multi-specialty practice I come across a variety of patients every day.  Most patients have the State funded dental insurance so I tend to see a lot of children in all age groups.  Every once in a while you come across one that just melts your heart and makes you smile. One such patient came in today for his six month recall appointment.  A cute little boy made even cuter by his speech impediment.  His name is George.

When George arrived for a prophy six months ago he brought something along that none of us ever forgot.  A "Skateboardasaurus".  During that visit George entertained us with many stories.  He told us how a Tech Deck, a plastic dinosaur and a lot of scotch tape made a great "Skateboardasaurus".  He also demonstrated just how well a dinosaur could skateboard.

 George's "Skateboardasaurus"

We couldn't wait for George to come back in for his next recall appointment and finally the wait was over.  Today was Georges six month recall and he is just as cute as ever.  He made us all smile by telling stories about his favorite movies. (Nemo, SpyKids, and Lavagirl and Sharkboy)  And yes he still has an adorable speech impediment.   :)

When I showed him that I still had a picture of his "Skateboardasaurus" both him and his mother smiled.  I asked him if he still had it.  He said that he removed the tape but both the Tech Deck and the dinosaur are safe at home in his toy box.  I can't wait to see him again in six months.

George with a toy dinosaur he received today from Miss. Alyson, (RDH)

Picture of the day...

The following are X-rays and a picture of a 14yo Male with congenitally missing teeth .
14yo Male congenitally missing teeth #4, 6, 13, 20 and 29

14yo Male congenitally missing teeth.  Note the retained baby teeth #A, C and J

14yo Male congenitally missing teeth.  Retained baby teeth A and C
14yo Male congenitally missing teeth.  Retained baby tooth C

Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Tooth and Nothing but the Tooth

My daughters boogie boarding in the moonlight.
The Tooth and Nothing but the Tooth...  Someone took the summer off from blogging.  Me!

Lol.  I didn't realize it had been so long since I last posted to the blog.  The summer just flew by as usual.

Between work, kids, another cracked laptop screen followed by a hard drive that needed to be replaced I couldn't seem to find the time.  (My nine year old daughter has an amazing knack for stepping on the computer.)

When I finally did get a chance to relax I found myself at the beach or mostly sitting on a secluded part of my yard that my mother calls "the Park".  Too bad its getting chilly outside.  It sure is relaxing out there.  Oh well I love the fall too.

That's me relaxing on the beach while watching my two daughters boogie board.  My daughters and I love to go after I get home work during the week.  For the locals the weekend at the beach just seems so crowded.  Notice the moonlight shinning off of the ocean.   I love it.


For those of you that are interested about how my local anesthesia license is going.   I love my new skill.

I was nervous at first but since I work in a very busy office I tend to give local anesthesia (LA) almost every day that I work and sometimes 2-5 times in a day for myself and the other hygienists if the doctors don't have time.

I did put my foot down when my manager thought that I would be doing every injection for the other hygienists whenever they had a SRP.  I pleaded my case to the owner stating that I took the course to make my work day more easier and make myself a more valuable employee.  Besides I don't want the liability of giving anesthesia for someone else's patient unless I really have to.

My boss agreed.  So now I officially do my own LA.   I agreed to help only if the doctors are really backed up and I am not in the middle of cleaning my own patient.

Even though I didn't blog I did try to get pictures of anything that I found interesting while I was at work.  Since its been so long I'll post more then one patients pictures today.

Patient 1.
This young boy is congenitally missing deciduous tooth #N.
Reviewing the x-ray shows that there is a strong possibility that he also has fused in his future.
Wonder what were the chances of that happening?
congenitally missing deciduous tooth #N

congenitally missing deciduous tooth #N
and #23-24 appear to be fused.

Patient 2.
This patient appears to have the same kind of things going on as the previous child.
Note the patient is missing deciduous tooth #O and #Q-R are fused together.

deciduous tooth #O and #Q-R are fused together

deciduous tooth #O and #Q-R are fused together