If you follow Jill (Duggar) Dillard on social media, you know she posts stuff that gets people talking. Sometimes the trolls and mom-shamers come out in full force. Expressing concern isn't always helpful, especially when you're basing your snap judgment on a picture. Jill recently posted a picture of her boys playing at their local library, and someone felt they had to comment on the teeth of Jill's older son Israel.
"Oh my god what happened to Israels teeth" the commenter asked.
If you zoom in on the picture of Israel, it looks like his two front teeth are brown. Naturally, a person's first instinct is to assume that the discoloring is from decay. And it certainly could have been decay. But if you're just seeing a picture, it's all speculation. There were a lot of comments admonishing the person for even asking the question in the first place.
Many people were quick to defend Jill, pointing out that sometimes, even with the most diligent oral hygiene, teeth decay. Sometimes genetics play a part in it. And sometimes teeth just get messed up. "We have bad genes in our family so even with dental visits at early ages a lot of work needs done by age 5 or 6. Dentist said it's genetic," reads one reply.
Jill actually replied to the person, offering a little insight. "Dentist said it’s most likely from and injury...falling or something," she explained. Dental injuries can also affect the teeth and make them look decayed. If a kiddo falls and hits their mouth, it could damage the nerves in their teeth. It's good that Jill took Israel to the dentist to make sure it wasn't anything dangerous.
Many people came to Jill's defense with similar tales. "My sons two front teeth turned black and grey after he had a fall right on them," one person said. "That happen to my son due to a fall, he’s 15 now and his teeth r perfect," another added.
As a family, the Duggars are very big on oral health. Many of the Duggar kids, including Jill, have or are wearing braces. And in the early years of their relationship, Derick also wore braces. In a post from earlier this year, Jill shared a picture of Israel with a new battery operated toothbrush and toothpaste. "Shopping with the boys for Israel’s new toothbrush and toothpaste reward he earned after he finished a school book," she wrote.
While some people may not consider oral hygiene products a reward, maybe allowing her boys to pick their own stuff is how Jill motivates them to take care of their teeth.