Tuesday, May 26 - Duggars and Dentists

Even mundane things like decorating and visiting the dentist become adventures when 18 kids are involved. In this episode the Duggars install new blinds in their home and find out a few of the kids have cavities! But for the Duggars, how many is a few?

30 minutes

62 comments:

Anonymous said...

TLC seems to have a fixation for big families and dental appointments. We've seen the Gosselins at the dentist twice, then the Hayes and now those who choose to watch can see the Duggar kids at the dentist.

Surely, if they insist on continuing the mega family programming, they can find something more interesting than 8, 10 or 15 kids at the dentist.

That's just my opinion.

Anonymous said...

Dont you realize they ( TLC) has a fixation for anything these days. I for one used to enjoy the program lineup. At this time, I dont really enjoy the offerings and what TLC has become.

The theme seems to repeat itself on the 'reality programs' .. just hope that more of the Gosselin dramas dont find themselves in other shows. ( Off topic I know)

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with you. Now we're being treated to blind installation at the Duggars to aid with the lighting for filming. And did Michelle Duggar say "after all we live and work here". Now where have we heard pretty much the same line from not that long ago?

Sharla said...

We had two dental visits with the Gosselins and blind installation for filming at the Gosselins also. Originality, please.

LeosLion said...

Ok, enough with the dental shows. I don't like seeing the inside of other people's mouths and I really do not like seeing them get shots.
I hope the premiere of the Little Couple is more interesting.

Joanna said...

Well i haven't seen any of the other dental episodes. So this was the first one for me.

Grace said...

And TLC has disappointed me yet again. I can't stand how much emphasis is being put on the Gosselins...the dysfunctional, bratty TLC family... and so little effort is put forth for the Duggars. Thank you, TLC, for another boring dental episode. Oh, and I forgot about the blinds. Woo hoo. At least next week looks semi-interesting.

Robin Wright said...

Really, why do people at TLC think blinds, and dentists are so interesting? If 18 Kids and COunting keeps copying story lines from Jon and Kate plus 8, we'll see JimBob and Michelle pi$$ing and moaning about each other on every media outlet within a year or so.

SuzanneDeAZ said...

They only had about 5 kids at the dentist as they did not take them all at the same time.

Next week should be interesting as I think they go and visit a public school.

Sulmith said...

I thought this was a disappointing episode. I don't even want to watch my OWN kids go to the dentist. I also don't like such obvious product placement as we saw with the blinds.

I know they get free trips and excursions and were given free furniture when they built the house but at least they DO something on the trips and I guess furniture and grand pianos are more exciting than ...... blinds.

The green food and resulting green poop was kinda funny and I was inspired to do some of my own research on St Patrick so I liked that part.

I too am really looking forward to the home-schooling episode.

Anonymous said...

One of the annoying pop-ups said the Duggars have had 30 cavities. I believe if you are brushing your teeth PROPERLY three times a day this number would be 3/4 less. Young children need ADULT supervision and at times, adult assistance, to clean their teeth properly. Maybe the "buddies" just say, "Go brush your teeth" and don't supervise the actual process. Sealants on young childrens' teeth do an amazing job protecting the teeth from cavities. One of the boy's cavitites was described as "very deep". How could this happen if you have regular dental X-rays and 6-month checkups and cleanings? Michelle, Jim Bob? Shame on you!

I wonder if the Duggars have regular eye exams? Fourth or fifth grade is when kids' eyesight can change drastically and glasses can make a world of difference. Do any of the kids wear glasses or contacts?

I was also interested that the Duggars were almost comatose at having to get up at 6:00 in the morning to get to the dentist on time. Jim Bob said multiple times that we are not "morning people." Is this a trait of all homeschool families? I know qite a few homeschool families and they all say they love homeschooling for the very reason that the kids can sleep well up into the morning and then do a couple of hours of work and call it a school day. When homeschool kids head into the work world how do they deal with having to get up early? What time does Josh open the used car lot? After all, the early bird gets the worm!!

My interest was piqued in the promo for the upcoming visit to the public school where Michelle says sharply, "I am NOT anti-public school." Right. I fully anticipate there to be lots of comments from the kids and parents on why their way is better than sending their kids to public (ew) schools. Should be interesting. I would love to know how the Duggar kids compare academically to their public school peers.

Anonymous said...

Note to Jim Bob and Michelle: Do you think there might be a connection here? Pancakes with syrup, cinnamon rolls with icing, lemonade for BREAKFAST, and lots and lots of Skittles......30 cavities.....hmmmmmm. Cut out so much sugar and cut your dental bill! How about throwing some fluoride rinse into the mix also?

Anonymous said...

I thought this episode was sort of ... well, boring. I was excited about it because I had missed the double date show and I was feeling a lack of Duggarness in my week. But sadly, I was disappointed by the rather dull show.

Anonymous said...

I was bothered by the comment that they teach their kids "self control in all situations" I took it that there will be no crying or fearfulness at the dentist. Why do the Duggars not condone any kind of emotion?
I have never noticed any of those kids wearing glasses. You can bet they don't have contacts. Good point OP! Big bucks parading all those kids to the Eye doctor.

Anonymous said...

It was interesting that Jim Bob was talking about how you have to watch people working in your home and be sure the job's done right before you pay. I wonder if he thinks we really think he paid one cent for those blinds?

Joanna said...

I don't think I could eaten that green breakfast.

ffemtmomof4 said...

As for the homeschool getting up early thing. I can only speak fort myself but I am up at 6:30 and my 3 children are up by 7. We do that so that we can eat breakfast as a family before DH goes to work. Now if we were out late for something the night before we do sleep in. For example my son does rodeo and depending on where he rides we might not get home until after midnight. That causes us to get up a bit later.

I know I was listening to some homeschool tapes recently and they talked about how they recommend everyone be up by 5 for the day. These tapes were from a Mennonite Church.

ffemtmomof4 said...

John David was the one with a "deep" cavity. If I remember right he is 17 or older. So I think he can brush his teeth without help by that age. It is his own fault that he has that cavity.

Also some people get cavities more easily. Maybe some of the duggers fall into that catagory.

Anonymous said...

This family seems to allow its children to eat endless cans of Pringles, bags of Skittles and has a full-fledged soda machine next to their dining room table. How can they NOT have 30 cavities? I'm surprised they don't have 200!

Willow #1 said...

Anonymous 6:37 and Anonymous 7:01:

Wow. I think you are expecting a lot of perfection to lecture so severely on tooth health. Yes, it is important, but if you saw the whole episode, Michelle says SOME of the kids may take after her and might not have as good of teeth as JB. Some people may not know this, but there are families where bad teeth are genetic and no amount of brushing, flossing, checkups, etc., will help. I know as this is true in my family. My mom's side has really good teeth and my dad's side has very soft and bad teeth. Several dentists have confirmed this for me over the years, as I have had the bad ones. My parents started taking me to the dentist when I was 7 years old and they and the dentists tried everything, but nothing helped. My daughter has the bad teeth and has flossed until her gums bled, and spent her life in the dentist chair. My son has the good teeth and never had a cavity and has never had to worry. The bottom line is that they take their children to the dentist frequently, and that shows plenty of loving concern in my book. The child with the "deep" cavity was an older son, one who is well past the age of having his parents brush his teeth for him.

I am also looking forward to the epi about the public school. That sounds much more interesting.I really enjoy watching the Duggars.

Peace and love, Willow.

Open Wide said...

Best line from the dentist show? When Michelle said they want to "'invest in the children's teeth because they need their teeth to live." Genius. Sheer genius....and this is the woman in charge of the education of 18 children. How about the connection between dental health and heart disease? Teeth are more than just something to chomp on Tater Tot Casserole with!

Annabel said...

Honestly, I don't think 30 cavities is that much considering how many Duggars there actually are. Split evenly, that would be 2 cavities per child (not counting the littlest ones; I'm assuming they're too young for cavities). I have 2 cavities, so do my siblings, and I think that's pretty average. There's things the Duggars do that I don't agree with, but I think the people going on about the "30 cavities" fun fact are just looking for something to complain about.

Besides that, I thought this episode was pretty boring. Next week's looks a lot more interesting.

Anonymous said...

Scott the cameraman on the episode used to be the Gosselins' cameraman. Kate used to make him wear little booties in the house and it seems like the little Gosselin babies really liked him.

SuzanneDeAZ said...

"Also some people get cavities more easily. Maybe some of the duggers fall into that catagory."

I agree that some people seem to have more problems with cavities than others and often it is inheirted. My husband has to get crowns all of the time and he brushes and flosses quite often.

Mrs. Duggar did mention that some of the kids take after her which means they have more problems with their teeth. I think it is Mr. Duggar that does not have such problems. Her speaking out such as that proves that your comment is most likely on target. When she said that I said to myself that is what is the problem with my husband. Some people just get cavities a lot easier than others.

SuzanneDeAZ said...

"
Wow. I think you are expecting a lot of perfection to lecture so severely on tooth health. Yes, it is important, but if you saw the whole episode, Michelle says SOME of the kids may take after her and might not have as good of teeth as JB. Some people may not know this, but there are families where bad teeth are genetic and no amount of brushing, flossing, checkups, etc., will help. I know as this is true in my family. My mom's side has really good teeth and my dad's side has very soft and bad teeth. Several dentists have confirmed this for me over the years, as I have had the bad ones. My parents started taking me to the dentist when I was 7 years old and they and the dentists tried everything, but nothing helped. My daughter has the bad teeth and has flossed until her gums bled, and spent her life in the dentist chair. My son has the good teeth and never had a cavity and has never had to worry. The bottom line is that they take their children to the dentist frequently, and that shows plenty of loving concern in my book. The child with the "deep" cavity was an older son, one who is well past the age of having his parents brush his teeth for him. "

Very well said. this is exactly what I was making reference to.

Sulmith said...

"Why do the Duggars not condone any kind of emotion?"

I'm not speaking for the Duggars but I know there is a big difference between having an emotion and expressing that emotion or inflicting said emotion on other people. What they seem to condone are emotional displays.

Personally, I don't see this training as a bad thing if it is done in a loving manner. I meet way too many kids (and adults!) who can not behave or function in polite society because they have been taught that their FEEEEEEEEELINGS matter more than their obligations to other people.

You can be angry or scared or sad inside and still behave as though you are not and you know what? Most of the time your emotions will adapt to your behavior.

Have you ever felt like complete, emotionally exhausted crap but have put that on hold and taken the time to do something kind for another human being? If you have, you know that you can't help but feel better afterwards.

I realize this is much easier said than done because if it were easy, I'd be doing it all the time and I don't. Quite the contrary, usually.

I blame my parents for not raising me like a Duggar. Bad Mom! Bad Dad! lol

Mommy in PA said...

Anonymous said...
I have to agree with you. Now we're being treated to blind installation at the Duggars to aid with the lighting for filming. And did Michelle Duggar say "after all we live and work here". Now where have we heard pretty much the same line from not that long ago?

5/26/2009 8:27 PM



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I know where you are going with this, but Michelle Duggar is no Kate Gosselin. The work she was referring to was not their TV show. For the Duggars, work is the real estate investments that they have had for many years & have a home office, as well as homeschooling the children. And for the children, their work is jurisdictions (chores) and schoolwork, and the older ones help out with the younger ones. Also, they do a lot of volunteer work and religious missions.

Likewise, if you ever catch the Roloffs say they work at home - well, they do too cause they own a farm and that is how they make their living.

This is absolutely nothing like the Gosselins basing their ENTIRE life around their tv show, and have no income otherwise.

Willow #1 said...

You are right about Scott the camera man. He was on the Duggars' Christmas show where they had the parade. He brought his family to the parade and they seemed to have a good time with the Duggars.

I could be wrong, but I THINK Jim Bob was just joking about watching the men installing the blinds, to see if they were doing a good job. I think he was just trying to be funny. But, I TOTALLY agree that the episode about installing blinds was really boring, as was the dentist. Been there - done that!! with other TLC families. As far as the getting up early issue - they just may mean that it is hard for them but I don't see them as lazy slackers, IMO.

Sarah said...

Take it from someone that visits the dentist every six months, brushes 3 times a day, flosses everyday AND rinses with the fluoride that you can only get from your dentist, and STILL gets cavities regularly-- not everyone can simply prevent cavities by practicing good hygiene. And I have the same kind of family. Dad's side had awesome, strong teeth, mom's side didn't..

I love the Duggars, but I don't want to see ANYONE at the dentist. I spend enough of my time (and money) there already! :-)

MayDay said...

I don't think Jim Bob was joking about watching the men install the blinds. To me Jim-Bob appears to be a very observant man who would watch and makes suggestions as he thought was needed. JMO
I was thinking about Scott the cameraman and how he used to film over at the Gosselins. I was thinking if the Gosselin kids are allowed to watch the Duggars show and they saw Scott, how excited they would be to see him again. Can you hear them Cott! Cott! I know some of the G kids really loved him.

maria said...

Only thirty cavities for family of that size is great, if you ask me! I myself have the 'bad' teeth Michelle was speaking of. My teeth are very grooved and etched. I brushed twice every day growing up, sometimes three times a day, and I flossed, too. I still got 8 cavities over my childhood. Since then, I've had at least 3 more cavites (that I can think of) in adulthood. I'm guessing Jim Bob's teeth are stronger, smoother, more resistan to cavities. I'm amazed that the one boy apparently has a 'big mouth' like Jim Bob and his wisdom teeth coming in should be no problem. For most people, their wisdom teeth simply have no room to come it, thereby causing a lot of pain when they try to erupt. Seems like Jim Bob has GREAT teeth. In addition to all of my cavities, I had to have all four of my wisdom teeth dug out - not fun.

Anyway, I actually enjoyed this episode. It wasn't all about the dentist, and even the dentist part was much more enjoyable than watching the Gosselins or the Hayes go to the dentist. And I think what JimBob meant by saying he teaches their children self control is that, yes, getting your teeth on may hurt or be scary, but what good will it do to get yourself all upset or start crying? It will only make the situation worse. There are sometimes when you do have to learn to control your emotions (self control).

chocolatebee said...

I figured scott the cameraman and crew was the same crew that worked with J&K for awhile.I can only imagine how different the experience is in each household. I immediately thought of the J&K blind episode when the installation began on the Duggars blinds. I thought about how control-freak K flipped about the first attempt at the blinds being installed. it was pleasant to see the Duggars react much more tame and appreciative.

I too found this episode to be a bit slow but it is fitting of the Duggars.I enjoy them as a family and find them to be a lot less complicated than others. One request I have is I would love to see more episodes focus on each child,especially the younger ones. I dont feel like we as an audience get to know the kids on a personal level.They all seem like they could be well-rounded and fun kids and it would be nice to know what their likes & dislikes are,what their dreams and goals,etc.Its hard to tell the little boys apart and it would be nice to let them get some shine. I often find myself going "who's that" as my family and I watch.

MarylandCatholicMom said...

Did anyone else pick up on Michelle's comment about St. Patrick? "I knew he had to be called 'Saint' for a reason." Um...because the Catholic Church canonized him? Or are they so fundie that they can't learn anything pertaining the Catholic church, lest they want to go off and start worshiping graven images and drinking wine in church? Mwahaha!

SavetheSheeples said...

IMO, the blinds/shades really ruined the look of the windows, especially the gorgeous front door/entryway.

I would have (nicely) told TLC to stick it.

Also, John David's "deep" cavity was probably a long time in the making. I hate to nitpick, but if they did go to the dentist every 6 months as they claimed, it would have been caught a long time ago.

Anonymous said...

SavetheSheeples said: Also, John David's "deep" cavity was probably a long time in the making. I hate to nitpick, but if they did go to the dentist every 6 months as they claimed, it would have been caught a long time ago.I agree. Dental X-rays would have picked it up.

I'm sorry but I think 30 cavities is a huge number. They need to cut out the junk food and unhook the soda fountain in the kitchen and quit serving lemonade for breakfast.

Anonymous said...

Yes, the Duggars do work at home and school at home. I also understand they have other income than the show, however, I still don't think it's in any family's best interest to be followed around by tv cameras. Michelle and Kate Gosselin are definitely not anything alike, except for the fact that they both allow their children to be followed around by tv cameras.

Money may not be the issue with Jim Bob and Michelle doing a reality show, but the show still puts their family out there in the public eye.

On another note, did anyone else notice that one of the girls was wearing a much shorter skirt on the episode the other night?

samcarter said...

MarylandCatholicMom said:

Did anyone else pick up on Michelle's comment about St. Patrick? "I knew he had to be called 'Saint' for a reason." Um...because the Catholic Church canonized him? Or are they so fundie that they can't learn anything pertaining the Catholic church, lest they want to go off and start worshiping graven images and drinking wine in church? Mwahaha!

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Well, I have a good friend who is a fundamentalist Christian, and I'm Catholic. I would never expect her--since she wasn't raised in the Catholic Church, and I'm the first Catholic she's known personally--to know the first thing about the canonization process. If you don't grow up learning about the saints, then obviously you're not going to know "why" somebody is called a saint. ;)Saint Patrick is probably one of the more heavily secularized saints, what with St Patrick's Day being associated with green beer and all.

So if my friend were to ask me, as she has, "What does it mean for somebody to be a saint?" I wouldn't be all sneery about it. I'd explain, and understand that she wasn't raised in the Church's traditions. I doubt the Duggars, Michelle or Jim Bob, had any Catholic education growing up. ;)

lindahoyt said...

Yeah, what is the deal about taking kids to the dentist? Why do they always insist on a show about taking the kids to the dentist?

Weird.

TLC seems to demand that the families on their channel take ALL the kids to the dentist at once...when in reality, of course the large families would not do that.

I do not enjoy dentist visit shows at all. I do not want or need to know who has cavities and who doesn't!

Weird.

Enjoyed the rest of the episode though. These people are just so nice...I wish they would adopt ME!

SavetheSheeples said...

"I'm sorry but I think 30 cavities is a huge number. They need to cut out the junk food and unhook the soda fountain in the kitchen and quit serving lemonade for breakfast."

Yep, I agree.

Whomever is overseeing the teeth-brushing for the little ones is doing a horrible job.

My two oldest children are 14 and 11, and although I expect them to remember to brush their teeth morning and night, I do ask if they have done it.

I have 5 kids, and I can't imagine them having cavities at every visit.

SavetheSheeples said...

"TLC seems to demand that the families on their channel take ALL the kids to the dentist at once."

Not only that, but they force the TV families to modify their homes for better lighting.

Joanna said...

The episode in two weeks shows Jana and Jill having their wisdom teeth removed. I remember that! Not a pleasent expereince but not one of the more serious think's in life we'll have to face, although it is the only time thus far I've been under anastisa (sorry for spelling). I hated the coming out of it.

I wonder what that means for Jill who has braces. Since I've never had braces and have don't know of anyone who has had the surgery with braces I don't know. Would the remove her braces before the surgery?

Anonymous said...

Shame on the Duggars for selling out like the Gosselins. I enjoyed watching the show when it was just a few specials. Installing blinds for the "show" was very disappointing!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous wrote:
On another note, did anyone else notice that one of the girls was wearing a much shorter skirt on the episode the other night?

5/28/2009 9:09 AM

I noticed that Jessa, i believe it was, had on a fairly short(for Duggar standards)skirt. All the older girls seemed to have begun to dress and carry themselves a lot more stylish and modern, which is great because they are beautiful girls. They should'nt have to dress like Laura Ingalls from Little House to continue to honor the Lord. You can be fashionable,modest and still show honor and respect to Lord.It would be nice to see all the children,the girls especially,gain some independance and show their own style.

Babaloo said...

Michelle said that "bad" teeth run in her family. If that is the case, I am puzzled why the kids wouldn't all have sealants especially if they have deeply grooved teeth like I heard the dentist say. In addition, the parents must be vigilant about seeing the dentist every six months without fail. Fluoride rinses can be very helpful too. I just got the impression that maybe they stretch the time between visits.

I wish the TLC families would see the writing on the wall by looking and Jon and Kate and call it quits for their shows. I see changes in the family dynamics in the Duggars and the Roloffs. I think the large amounts of money that they are being paid is affecting all of the TLC families negatively.

jonandkatewho? said...

Yikes! I get a definite feeling of deja vu, here...now where have I seen this before, mass amounts of children being taken to the dentist???

Just a side note to the Duggar parents: If you happen to get an invitation from a hotel/resort in Hawaii for a free vacation, and somebody from TLC mentions renewing your marriage vows while you're there, RUN DUGGARS, RUN!!!!

Sulmith said...

"Since I've never had braces and have don't know of anyone who has had the surgery with braces I don't know. Would the remove her braces before the surgery?"

Probably not. I doubt they will get in the way of the surgery and it's highly unlikely the braces are attached to the wisdom teeth. I've never heard of such a thing.

I wonder if they will allow the kids to take prescription painkillers?

The Duggar diet has always bothered me. They truly seem to care about their kids in so many ways and then they feed them tator tots and canned vegetables. It makes no sense.

Anonymous said...

When the family headed to the dentist, I noticed that Jim Bob's Suburban had a lot of writing on the back window. Is it a Bible verse? I never could get a good look at it. That would get you a ticket in my town for obstructing your view. Josh does that on his used cars too. It's just so "in your face." I think they wrote all over their bus on the way to the Christmas parade also.

Anonymous said...

I agree that the show was a litle slow, but what was great about the show was that is was reality.

Reality TV should reflect real like, and sometimes real life just isn't that exciting.

Sulmith said...

"When the family headed to the dentist, I noticed that Jim Bob's Suburban had a lot of writing on the back window. Is it a Bible verse?"

Yes, it was a Bible verse. Romans 8:28 (King James version, I believe.)

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."

One thing I noticed when I stopped my recording of this scene is that Jim Bob's license plate was completely readable. I thought they usually blurred license plates on these shows for security purposes.

I'm not a Christian but I'd still much rather see Bible verses on the backs of cars than some of the bumper stickers people seem to favor around here.

How do you explain to a kid what "Mean People Suck/Nice People Swallow" means?

msrylee said...

Please, no more visits to the dentists by these families owned by TLC!!! I'm just not interested in watching their check-ups, and am disturbed by cameras recording the childrens' fears and anxieties re: dental work. I am very nervous about going to the dentist and would definitely not want to be recorded. Let me have my intense moments in private. As should each and every child owned by TLC.

Anonymous said...

Maybe TLC and these large families can enlighten the rest of us with small families and no insurance how they keep up dental care for their kids. We see dental visits as a theme on every show it seems. Jealous...could be, every parent wants the best care for their child just like we see the big families getting on TV. It shameful to a parent not to be able to afford dental visits and regular health checks for your kid because of insurance.

TLC show the way for all families to receive dental care! Even poor and disabled adults, the laid-off, the people lost between the cracks in this country. TLC, re-claim yourself as the learning channel.
Not the exploiter channel.

Sulmith said...

Anonymous, if you live near a dental school you may be able to get inexpensive or free checkups for the family and inexpensive or free work done too, if you need it.

Even if you are not too close to one, it may be worth your while to travel a bit for the overall savings.

If you have a private dentist, consider asking directly about discounts for families or reduced fees for lower incomes. Dentists are hungry these days. My DH is about to have some major work done on his mouth. He solicited three different opinions and they are now soliciting HIM with estimates that grow smaller by the week.

It never hurts to ask.

Don't be ashamed. You're not alone in the boat.

SuzanneDeAZ said...

"Anonymous, if you live near a dental school you may be able to get inexpensive or free checkups for the family and inexpensive or free work done too, if you need it."

A dental school does not give anything free, not even cleanings. You will save almost as mucy in a dental school as you would if you had dental insurance. In most dental Insurance policies you save about 50 percent, and that is about the cost of a dental school. I know this cause my nephew was in dental school and had family members come in and get dental work done. Even with insurance there still was always a fee for the work.

SuzanneDeAZ said...

"TLC show the way for all families to receive dental care! Even poor and disabled adults, the laid-off, the people lost between the cracks in this country. TLC, re-claim yourself as the learning channel.
Not the exploiter channel. "

Jim Bob and Michelle explained how they afforded to pay the dental bills throuhout the years. They have dental insurance which covers half the price. They said they take 3=4 kids a visit and the cost is usually no more than one or two hundred dollars at a time. Most dental plans cover cleanings every six months with no charge. If the kids only need fillings usually those cost less than $50 a tooth.

Now I know you all are going to say the Duggars are not in the same boat as other large families as TLC is flipping the bill. While they may be paying the bills for this visit, the Duggars had 14 kids before they had any contracts with TLC and made a committment to invest in the teeth of the children long before the shows.

I do not think the 3 to 4 kids had 30 cavaties as that would mean each of them had about 8 cavatiies. I listen to the show again and never heard the number 30.

If you get Dental insurance which anyone can get online and take your kids every six months for their check up most likely they will not need anything more than a filling from time to time, thus keeping it affordable for most families. It becomes expensive when teeth need to have root canals and caps. For children that usually is not the case.

Popsicle said...

SuzanneDeAZ said: I do not think the 3 to 4 kids had 30 cavaties as that would mean each of them had about 8 cavatiies. I listen to the show again and never heard the number 30.The information about the 30 cavities was on one of the annoying, "informative", microscopic pop-ups that litter the Duggars' show. So, no, you would not have heard it; you would have to have seen the pop-up to read it.

Once again, I think 30 cavities is outrageous and possibly dental health has been something that was not a priority. JMHO

Sulmith said...

"A dental school does not give anything free, not even cleanings."

Not true. I know of one that does. They use a sliding scale and some low income people do receive free care. I have sent clients there in the recent past.

That's why I suggested that Annonymous look into such things.

I understand that your nephew's school did charge but it's really best not to make blanket statements based on a single experience.

Danielle said...

I kind of wonder if they brought TLC along so they could foot the bill.

SuzanneDeAZ said...

"Danielle has left a new comment on the post "Tuesday, May 26 - Duggars and Dentists":

I kind of wonder if they brought TLC along so they could foot the bill. "

I doubt if that was the intentions of them having TLC come along. First place regardless what they would do on the show they would be getting a certain sum of money. With that money they certainly can afford the dental bill being it was not that much. Jim Bobb and Michelle said that with the insurance their bills are not that much, $100 here and $200 there. They afforded the dental bills years before LTC so I doubt if they needed them to pay this bill off.

SuzanneDeAZ said...

Ok, I forgot they do give free services for those who qualify one day a month. So if you call them you can get some free services on those days. They do charge most of the time, however they make themselves available once a month.

Sharon said...

I really love the Duggers. I used to be a big fan of J&K, until one night I could not listen to K's voice another minute or another one of those kids scream and cry and hit each other, having meltdowns.. So I switched to the Duggers. What a refreshing show it was to watch. I love the kids, and I think that putting religion aside, the Duggers have gone back to old family values. I think that J&K could learn a thing or two from them. But, the fact that they have allowed TLC to come into their lives, and take it over is really disapointing to me. It makes me wonder if they really are who we think they are. I'm really surprised that Jim Bob has allowed this. Some showes yes, but to have TLC filming their every move. Putting his kids out there for all the world to see with their dentist appointments, and blinds, etc.. really makes me wonder. I read somewhere about incest between they older kids, and I thought here we go, this show is heading down the same road as J&K. I just would have thought that they had better falues, and I hope they have the good sence to get out when the Sh!% hit the fan, and I believe it will because it's human nature.

A Mom-ynous said...

" was also interested that the Duggars were almost comatose at having to get up at 6:00 in the morning to get to the dentist on time. Jim Bob said multiple times that we are not "morning people." Is this a trait of all homeschool families? "

On their website, they had a sample schedule once. I believe they typically rise between 7 and 8am.

The family unit stays up until 10pm with family prayer/bible time being the last thing that they do.

Homeschool families can live a more flexible schedule.

Our day begins now between 6:30 and 7 as we start our new schedule. My children are not the best risers.

Not being morning people is not the sign of poor parenting.

My friend publics schools her children and up until they began school, their typical day ended at 11pm and did not begin until 10am.

They made a surprisingly easy transition to the school schedule but she was quite concerned as they are not morning people at all.

A Mom-ynous said...

"The episode in two weeks shows Jana and Jill having their wisdom teeth removed. I remember that! Not a pleasent expereince but not one of the more serious think's in life we'll have to face, although it is the only time thus far I've been under anastisa (sorry for spelling). I hated the coming out of it.

I wonder what that means for Jill who has braces. Since I've never had braces and have don't know of anyone who has had the surgery with braces I don't know. Would the remove her braces before the surgery?"

Oh good gosh I hope they don't...show it...I about had a panic attack with mine.

AS for removing while in braces--likely the wisdom teeth aren't in or they would have been bracketed and wired with the rest of the orthodontia. (not necessarily--but likely).

What is probably happening is the teeth are cutting and they are getting them taken care of.

I had 2 taken out before braces (long before I got them actually) and 2 AFTER I had the braces removed.

My orthodontist said that once I was "wired" and even once I was "retainered" that it was not mandatory to remove my wisdom teeth b/c the hardware that I had would prevent the wisdom teeth from shifting my teeth.

It was just an optional thing and once the cutting got intolerable, I had them removed. This was about a year after I had my braces removed.

But they can have it done while still in braces.