From 2013 to 2019 Rosie had regular dental exams and never presented with any areas of concern. She did however display an intermittent and unusual eating style during this time which is best described as her eating with her mouth open and her chin jutted out in front of her so the underside of her jaw and throat was level. It appeared as if she was trying to place food towards or avoid food being in a certain area. She would also drop a reasonable amount of food while eating this way.
Video of her eating was taken and sent to our dentist who suggested we flush her mouth in case she had something stuck like a piece of wood, part of a twig or a small rock, and to continue to monitor and advise if anything progressed or got worse and that we’d do a full check at her next appointment.
We are still unclear if her eating style had anything to do with her condition however as she continued to display this strange eating style on and off throughout her journey I suspect it was a result of her condition.
The first signs that something was brewing became evident in July 2019 when a small lump appeared on her right side mandible. Given the ‘warning’ our dentist had flagged back in 2013 my first thought was “here we go”. The stomach dropping sensation that the thing you’d hoped would never be a thing, was now a thing…