There is something that I hate to see and hear at my office.
It is to see a parent tell a child "I told you to brush your teeth"
while they are shaking their finger at them.
This phrase is said by parents whose children have cavities
and will need to get their teeth filled.
Now, I am a parent of 5 children myself.
And I am all for natural consequences.
If I tell you to bring a jacket and you don't and you get cold,
well then that is the child's fault and a little cold air won't do any harm.
But the whole scene in the dental office is different.
If we are putting fillings into permanent teeth, then your child
is bound to need fairly extensive work on these teeth later in life.
A tooth that has no filling is MUCH better of long term then
a tooth that has even a small filling that is placed very young.
I know dentistry does not seem like a serious health issue, but it can be.
Its like taking your kids to get immunized.
They cry and say they don't want to.
You then say, "Fine but you'll regret it."
Then 10 years down the road your kids gets some life threatening disease
and you just shake your finger and say "See. Told ya you should
have gotten those immunizations."
You would never do that.
Some things are just too important.
You force your kids to take vitamins.
You make them get their immunizations.
You SHOULD make them brush their teeth.
Either under your supervision or you do it for them when they are young.