I am thirteen. Health and dental care is free in the UK, where I live. But for some reason, my parents canâ€™t be bothered to register us into a dentist, so Iâ€™ve only been once in my life. I keep reminding them and they never book us in.
My brothers never brush their teeth. Itâ€™s disgusting, yet when I tell them to, my parents scream at me not to parent them, and that Iâ€™m only a child and my opinion doesnâ€™t matter.
When I was crying in pain in the bathroom because I had a really bad toothache, my dad decides it was a good idea to shout at me about why I hadnâ€™t done the dishes, although I do them every night and my nine year old brother never has to help do anything. He asked me why I was crying and I told him that my teeth were killing me, and that itâ€™s not fair I canâ€™t have nice teeth because they canâ€™t be monitored by a dentist. So he sent me to bed basically so that he didnâ€™t have to feel bad.
Iâ€™m already saving up for new teeth when Iâ€™m older. Iâ€™ve done my best to keep them clean, brushing more than twice a day and using mouthwash, but theyâ€™re still yellow and have many cavities, as I was never taught about brushing your teeth as a child.
Everybody moaning about having braces, going to the dentistâ€”I would do anything to be in your position.