There is a saying, “The shoemaker’s children have no shoes.” I suppose this is because the shoemaker is too busy making shoes for everyone else to take time to make his own children’s shoes. Such is not the case when it is said that the “dental hygienist’s children have cavities.” (Is that ever said?) I am certainly not too busy cleaning everyone else’s teeth to properly care for my own children’s teeth. Quite the contrary, I am diligent with my children’s oral hygiene. So then why did my three year old have to have two fillings!?
Because it is what I am always encouraging the parents of my young patients to do, I waited anxiously in the waiting room while my trusted employer took care of Eli’s wounded teeth. I heard him crying and resisted my motherly impulse to rush to his side. Shortly after, the dentist came out to give me the summary. After a little coaxing and a few tears all was accomplished as needed and Eli was “cooperative.” (If not also a little sensitive.)
(Poor little Eli with his numb mouth. Reminds me of David after the Dentist.)