No insurance and no money means no dentist. I'm in the process of seeing if I can get in at the health department. In the meantime, I'm doing a better job of flossing and using an antiseptic mouthwash.
Today, I realized that crap, one of the teeth on that side is LOOSE! CRAP!!!! I'm afraid that it's going to be a goner. Other than the tenderness from the abscess, it just feels weird, not painful.
I'm no stranger to dental work. My mouth is small, and I had extensive orthdontia (six years), and several teeth rotted out under those metal bands. I've had a cap in my mouth since I was sixteen, because one of those teeth disintegrated a week after the braces came off when I bit into an ice cream sandwich. (My PSA to you-order the orthodontist to take the bands off every six months for your dentist to do a proper cleaning).
The 18 months prior to moving to Florida, I spent six hours a month in a chair at the dental school clinic at UMBC. (Dad did the same at NYU-you get top notch care for a fraction of the price). I started going there because I suspected that the filling on a molar I'd had a prior root canal on had a pinhole in it. It did. In between the initial consult, x rays and reviewing the treatment plan (a span of six weeks, what with the Christmas break happening), it was not salvageable. I have a gold crown in my mouth, which I like to say is proof that I am royalty.
The small mouth presents several problems. Prior to being fitted with braces, I had twelve teeth removed from my mouth. Yes, I only have 20-same as your child. My dentist in New York was a God-he did all the fixing up post braces without incident. The dental student I got in Maryland learned quickly and was sure to point out to the endodontist that did the root canal I needed before the crown "make sure you use the pediatric stuff with her!" Xrays, instruments, mold for impressions-my mouth is kid sized.
So, losing a tooth worries me, since I'm short a dozen healthy ones that just didn't fit. I'm off to do some research to see if the wiggly tooth means it's too far gone to save. I hope not, because 20 is such a nice number-I'd like to keep twenty teeth in the mouth...