Several years ago, I was driving to the grocery store with my great-nephew who was 5 years old at the time. He was appropriately sitting in the rear seat all buckled in. As we drove along peacefully, my beautiful nephew, with the seriousness of a traumatic situation asked: “Aunt Marsha, why can’t I take my teeth out?” He went on to say and demonstrate how he had been pulling on his teeth to no avail. They would not budge. He was really sad and needed to be reassured he was just perfect.
Lets roll back the story. My mother, her mother, and my sister (my great-nephew’s grandmother) all wore dentures. My great-nephew routinely watched as they put dentures in and took dentures out. He probably marveled at dentures in some cup in the bathroom. Can you imagine the number of times he must have pulled on his own tiny teeth, hoping he would be “normal”, Continue Reading