Friday, December 10, 2010

(. . .) And for Thomas, a toothbrush named Thomas!

In early September, Thomas and Nicholas underwent extensive dental work under general anesthesia--which, of course, was not covered by insurance, the same as the white amalgam. The only kind that was covered was the totally obsolete and rather hazardous mercury-laced silver amalgam. For a very short time, as the baby teeth are getting loose one by one, the silver amalgam may be--but for the permanent teeth, never!!! In the end, the out-of-pocket cost of the procedure was $2,637.00! Yikes! Ugh! Ouch! (More painful than dental work!)

Yet, no matter what,  neither Thomas nor Nicholas likes tooth brushing very much. Getting them to brush their teeth used to be a problem--of which, I must confess, Catherine, Gerard, or Warren took care for me.  It used to be "catch me if you can" time. Then, Catherine had a brilliant idea. She went from store to store until she found a rotating toothbrush with Thomas the Train on it. Nicholas got one with Spiderman. That made the trick!!! Since that day, they both became very motivated to brush their teeth the right way.

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