Wednesday, January 27, 2010


I am not proud of this story. It is definitely not a shining moment of mine when it comes to my career as a parent. But I am telling you all anyway.
Yesterday, for some reason, Mya was insisting on sitting on my bed while I was getting ready. You can see where this is going, can't you.
Long story short, she did decide to fall off the bed head first, instead of the usual slide off on her tummy feet first method. I was not even 2 feet away, but just couldn't get there in time.
So the screaming ensues, and I try to assess the damage. Bloody mouth, trying to figure out where it's coming from. I got her into the kitchen and had her drink some water so I could see better.
My child gave herself a frenectomy.
The thing that connects your upper lip to your gums is a frenulum, and now Mya's is completely gone.
She had a really thick one, and it grew really far down the front of her lip. I knew we'd have to have it clipped someday to get the gap in her 2 front teeth to close. I had mine done a few years ago, but it grew back. But that's beside the point.
So I called her doctor, panicking a little bit, but mostly curious. I know it's not something that is necessary to live, but it's something that connects one part of your mouth to another. You'd think stitches were in order, right? Nope.
The nurse told me that Mya basically just saved us from future doctor bills and to not worry.
So there you have it.
A DIY frenectomy.
***And I do not in any way, shape, or form recommend you let your child fall off your bed and tear their mouth open to save them from a tiny little surgery years down the road.


Brynn said...

Think of the money you have now saved ;) The procedure $100, orthodontics to close the gap $4000.

The Byers Family said...

Oh my! I hope she's ok! It sounds like it was a scary time! Thankfully she'll never remember it ;)

BreeAnn said...

Hey don't worry around Christmas time Karson fell out of a cart at Costco, he chipped one of his teeth a bit, but that tooth will fall out eventually. He also needs a frenectomy for his teeth as well. And when he was 8 months old he fell off the bed. I thought I was the worst mother in the world.

Jennie said...

oh my gosh! What a crazy couple of days you've had! I'm so sorry. When I took M to her dentist he informed me that she has one of those frenulum things too, but he said most kids fall and bump their lip and remove it. Otherwise, yeah they need surgery! I just thought it was funny that he told me that.