Whenever we leave a restaurant or store the clerk tries to give our girl candy, we say “bu yao, bu yao,” but they don’t understand and give it to her anyway, so we take it away from her later and throw it out. We also told our nanny not to give her candy and I know she does it anyway. But at least we have moderate luck in brushing her teeth twice a day, though that usually requires clever tactics and persuasion.
Anyway, my co-worker just told me a story that should shock the hell out of any parent who fails to make such efforts to protect the teeth of your child.
He says his mom and babysitter always give lots of candy to their 2.5 year old, so now she is going to the dentist for a series of major visits to have four teeth removed and cavities filled in four other teeth. Her first visit was yesterday and it lasted 2 hours. The dentist had a special chair with straps they used to tie down her arms and legs and the girl cried, screamed and bucked against her restraints for the entire 2 hours. Hell, I don’t blame her; I’m scared of dentists too.
Yesterday was just the easy, preliminary session. Tomorrow they take her back for a longer session which is predicted to last about 3 hours and she will again be tied up, kicking, screaming and crying for the entire time. I can’t imagine performing a job like that and I feel terribly for my friend having to drive his daughter there, deliver her to the torturer and help tie her up. I hope some day she will forgive him.
The amazing thing is the grandmother whose fault it is for giving her all the damn candy apparently hasn’t learned her lesson. “But she likes the candy,” the old bat says. I was glad to hear that the grandfather yelled at her yesterday that she’s a damn fool and she’s killing the girl, but my friend is unsure that she’ll get the lesson. Idiot. :fume:
Anyway, just thought I’d share this with you parents out there. Please try to keep your child from suffering such a terrible fate.