This is a cautionary tale my friends. I think I might also share it with my students.
There once was a lady who lived in a land far away. This woman’s favorite snack was popcorn. She would make it at home on her stove nearly every day.
“It is a cheap and healthy snack”, she told her family, friends, and students. She always reminded them, “just be sure to leave off the butter, cheese, and artificial flavors!”
All was well, until one day she was munching away on her popcorn while watching a movie at home.
She bit down hard on a popcorn kernel when she wasn’t looking! There was a little blood and a sore tooth, but everything seemed to be fine after an aspirin and a lot of sleep.
Until one day she was eating lunch with friends at her new favorite restaurant, called Citrus (post on that later!), and she bit into a piece of freshly made bread. It was as soft as a cloud and yet she heard another, CRUNCH!
This time she looked down and found a while chunk of what appeared to be a shiny white bowl or plate. However, after feeling a new POKE on her tongue she deduced that this pearly chunk was from her very own molar, all the way at the back of her mouth. The same one that had a filling in it- the filling must have been keeping the tooth together after the popcorn incident!
For the next few days she felt pain and worry every time she tried to eat something. Would her filling come out? Would the cold or heat from the food make her tooth hurt as bad as the time before?
Thankfully the beautiful dentist came to her rescue! This dentist happened to be the mother of one of the woman’s students from last year AND she spoke English. The dentist said that while replacing the filling and remolding the tooth was very difficult, after about an hour she was able to fix it with only a little pain and blood left as evidence.
Another bright side to this story is that this fabulous dentist was very affordable because she was living in Venezuela (less than $20 US)!
The moral of this story is: be very careful of what you eat.