This post was partly written and originally posted on January 17, 2012. Updates have been added to this post.
Sometimes you get a phone call from the school saying your daughter has fallen (but was able to get up), and they believe she's okay, but she has a fat lip and some blood. Everything seems fine, regardless, she didn't break a tooth or anything.
Sometimes you talk to your daughter and your daughter agrees that, yes it hurt, but she's fine and wants to stay at school.
So you hang up and don't think much about it until you get home.
What turns out to be "she's fine, she didn't break a tooth or anything" actually appears to be quite the opposite and you're not entirely sure how the school staff missed the fact that your daughter's tooth is now shaped like a shark tooth.
You call the dentist.
30 minutes and $50 later...
Getting rid of the shark tooth... PRICELESS.
Cali has an overbite and the orthodontist mentioned, at a check up while we wait for her to get older before beginning work, that Cali needed to be careful because kids with overbites of this degree tend to break their front teeth at least once when they fall.
Oh good, she's done it three times now. We tend to be over-achievers at our house.
I just need to make this kid wear a helmet until she turns 12 and we can begin her orthodontist work.
On the plus side, the dentist only charges to fix a broken tooth one time within a year's span. If it breaks again, there's no charge. I'm sure this is to cover any work that doesn't stick on their end, but I'm not complaining in any way.
Need a good dentist referral? Go here.
Tell them Cali sent you.
(No, I didn't receive compensation for this post. I just really appreciate a good dentist.)