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Lynda Loveland: Toothless at the table

Posted May 18, 2011
Updated May 25, 2011

Lynda Loveland

My kids are now four, six and almost eight. The oldest two are firmly in the losing teeth stage.

My six-year-old son lost two. Or is that three? No, it’s two ... on the bottom.

My almost eight-year-old daughter lost three or four on the bottom and she just lost her fifth on the top. You know what that looks like. Before she lost that fifth she looked like a young vampire with a funny lisp. Now she just looks toothless. It’s the goofiest thing. School pictures at this age are priceless! Lynda Loveland: Kids losing their teeth

I really need to start keeping her condition in mind when I’m making dinner. I need to be more sympathetic.

One night I just wasn’t thinking … and I made corn on the cob. Everyone else was eating theirs except Campbell. I told her to start eating. She takes one look at the ear of corn, picks it up and tries to bite in to it. Like that was going to work. She then tries to saw off the kernels with her bottom teeth. Yeah, that didn’t work well either. That took a whole reel of floss to fix.

She eventually brought the cob over to her teeth on the side and started chewing on it like a dog chews a bone!

Guess I’ll cut up that apple for her next time.

Lynda is the mom of three and co-host of Mix 101.5 WRAL-FM's Bill & Lynda in the Morning. Find her here on Thursdays.


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  • outlawtaxi May 20, 2011

    I have a friend whose little boy LOVES corn on the cob, but at the moment he's in the "tooth loosing" stage. About the time he gets one grown back in enough to enjoy his corn, he looses another. His dad has taken to cutting it off the cob for him after it is cooked. - I'll sympathise with JKCA's son, though. I lost one of mine while eating an apple, lost one on a piece of carmel candy, and another one while on the playground. The dentist had to pull most of mine, though; my permanent teeth weren't lined up correctly - and he wouldn't give them back.

  • rufiedufie May 19, 2011

    My sister is a teacher and she had a class a few years ago, one student would lose a tooth and then the next week another student would lose a tooth, it went on that way all year long. talk about a great toothless class picture.

  • jkca May 19, 2011

    My 6 year old boy has lost 1 tooth a week since Easter. When he loses a tooth, he REALLY loses his tooth. He managed to ingest one, and he mangaged tosalvage the next.On Tuesday, while having his breakfast, he finally pulled his latest dangling front tooth out....then he puts in a little baggie. Then the next day, he REALLY loses his tooth. It dropped out the bag and we still can't find it. I told him if he wouldn't carry the tooth around like a pet rock, he would have something to put under his pillow. Well, the tooth fairy came anyway and left him a dollar for his efforts.