Homeschoolers in Queensland can easily access the school dentist system by contacting a school-based oral health clinic and making an appointment. I phoned up last month and booked Aisha in for a check-up. Although Aisha is a registered homeschooler in Queensland, that question wasn’t asked, and I believe that even non-registered homeschoolers would be able to access the school dental system.

Aisha at the dentist, October 2012
Denise the dentist assesses Aisha's teeth and decides that the front tooth that's been wobbly for months needs to be pulled out.

This is the first time we’ve visited the dentist as a family. All five of us crammed into the examination room. Aisha’s sisters weren’t particularly interested in what was happening to Aisha, but I’m glad that they have a brave big sister to go ahead of them in an experience that some may consider to be scary.

Aisha at the dentist, October 2012
After a bit of numbing gel and a little needle, Aisha's remaining front baby tooth is removed.

Aisha at the dentist, October 2012
She feels fine afterwards, just awkward about the size of her numbed upper lip. When the dentist tries to direct Aisha's attention to a poster of graphically showing what would happen if she sucked on her numb lip, Aisha shields her face so she doesn't feel the subject's pain. Our girls have grown so much in empathy in the past couple of months.

Aisha’s teeth are in really good condition, without any holes. I’m thankful for our children’s good oral health, even though we don’t enforce regular brushing as some families do. I believe our healthy diet and lifestyle contributes greatly to the girls’ overall health, and with so much of what we do, I know I must first model the lifestyle I want our children to adopt.

The dentist experience was a good one for Aisha. She is happy to have the wiggly tooth removed as it means she can eat certain foods easily again. I think that the next time we visit the dentist, she’ll know what to expect and will approach the experience with confidence.

Back at the shed, after watching me photograph the steps of my latest project, Aisha wanted to document her own creativity. She’s making a guitar.

Aisha's guitar project, October 2012
Aisha collects the materials she needs for her project.

Aisha's guitar project, October 2012
Aisha takes this picture to show what she uses.

Aisha's guitar project, October 2012
Modelling the finished craft, Aisha synchronises her playing with a recording emitting from our sound system so it's realistic.

This is just the beginning of something. I don’t know whether Aisha will go on to make beautiful music or will create wonderful projects. Either way, I’m delighted to be able to witness her growth and document it. Go, Aisha!