Here’s my plan: the Saturday fiction practices are mainly to refine my writing skills with random plots featuring characters I have no attachment. Something’s contrived or cliché? Better to have tried and failed in some random short story than in “The Story.” These Sunday updates will continue until the short stories [test] match what I’m aiming for with Trishna (left) and John’s story [production]. So let’s brush on some character development and floss away clichés.
Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (character development)
Trishna’s Childhood Dentist
Trishna’s parents found a good dentist for their family early on. Trishna enjoys going to the dentist, unlike her siblings. She was used to abuse from classmates, everyone in the dentist’s office was especially nice to her and accommodating with her general mobility. She has good dental hygiene. She probably doesn’t even have a cavity. Trishna brushes and flosses every morning and evening and avoids letting sugary food sit on her teeth for too long.
John’s Childhood Dentists
John lived with over a dozen foster families growing up. Most considered him a problem child, if they considered him anything at all. He was probably only able to go to maybe three dentists for routine check-ups growing up. His English teacher and mentor Mr. Ebersole made sure he took care of his hygiene, including brushing and flossing regularly. Despite all that, John lucks out and doesn’t have any major dental conditions, with some exceptions…
John’s Dental Check-up
John goes to Trishna’s dentist after The Scene for an exhaustive check-up. John’s teeth are in overall good condition, other than one minor cavity, and maybe some minor dental work? The dentist is surprised and pleased that there isn’t any irrevocable damage. They’re both around the age where their wisdom teeth need to be pulled, so they get this work done before they head off to college, and John gets on a regular dental schedule.
Their Dental Hygiene
Trishna is already disciplined in twice-daily hygiene. John, not so much. While Trishna doesn’t schedule the time on her calendar or anything like that, John adapts, and also uses that time to work on his hygiene. They’ll help each other out with general hygiene as well. John always had trouble with regular floss, thanks to limited use of his right arm, so floss picks helped him out immensely. He also learns to brush more thoroughly.
Their New Dentist
Midway through their second year of college, their dentist announces that he’ll be retiring. The family go in separate directions searching for new dentists. Some stay with the new dentist, while most try several different dentists before finding ones that work well for them. Since Trishna and John require more accessibility than the rest of the family, they find their new dentist thanks to the recommendation of a friend in their college accessibility rights club.
The Dental Inspiration
My childhood dentist didn’t inspire respect for the process. My new dentist encouraged more than mere obligation by actually being present during discussion.