Every once and a while we see a family who has children who understand poverty. The other day we had a family call with a child in pain. The family had to wait for the father to get home so they would have access to a car. They arrived at the end of the day just before we were scheduled to close. This little girl had never been to the dentist. As I examined her I found that she had several areas of decay. The tooth that was bothering her was and adult tooth in need of a possible root canal. After telling the family about our findings the little girl looked at her father and said in Spanish, “but only this one hurts, we only need to fix this one.” The way that this cute little girl spoke made it seem to me that she knew that the family’s budget was tight. Not requiring anything from the family at that time, we were able to treat the offending tooth, and help get this little girl out of pain. We offered to see them and fix the other teeth, telling them that we would work with them however we could to help prevent any further toothaches. For this, the family was grateful.