Doing the right thing is not always easy. Heart children can have a bad dental status for various reasons, as I’ve mentioned before. On top of that poorly mineralised enamel and dry mouths often go along with the 22q11 syndrome. In other words Abbe’s teeth are very vulnerable.
But then there’s the feeding issue. The easiest time to feed Abbe is while he’s asleep. And that’s not the cleverest of things teeth-wise. Then add the toothbrushing dilemma. Abbe is not exactly friends with the toothbrush and starts a small scale war everytime he sees it coming. How to do the right thing? Beats me.
We told one of the 22q11-specialists on Abbe’s team about our concearns – the dentist at Mun-H-Center at the Sahlgrenska Hospital. “Stop worrying”, she said “You’ve enough on your minds as it is. We’ll deal with the problems if and when they arrive.”
Tear-time again. This time out of joy. There are people who can handle people in this world. On top of being brilliant at what they do. Food for thought, huh, orthopaedists? ;-)