You've probably seen some pretty horrifying things on the Internet, right? In fact, after all the viral pimple-popping videos you've watched, you probably think nothing could gross you out at this point. Well, we're deeply sorry to tell you that the video you're about to see is one of the most cringe-inducing ever to hit the world wide web ... and one poor mom actually had to live through it.
Sara Guidry was looking in her son Kale's mouth when she noticed a strange white spot on his gums. She got a pair of tweezers to pull out the offending object and discovered -- much to her shock and that of every person who would later see the footage on Facebook -- that there was a fingernail stuck in Kale's gum.
Actually, scratch that -- not "a" fingernail, four fingernails! And then things got even worse. It's the kind of thing you have to see to believe, but unfortunately, it's also the kind of thing you can never, ever unsee. Brace yourself for the unbelievable horror:
Kale has always kept us on our toes. Looking in Kale's mouth I see something white in his gums. I get a tweezer and pull...Posted by Sara Guidry on Tuesday, 16 May 2017
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Searching the remainder of her son's mouth, Guidry found another area of gum where Kale had been hoarding fingernails and pulled out -- wait for it -- 27 fingernails. TWENTY-SEVEN FINGERNAILS.
Uh, yeah. Pretty much all we can bring ourselves to say about that is this:
Okay, there are maybe a few other things we could say, like: Why?? And, EWWWWW! Also, gross! And again, WHY?!?!
As Sara explains it, she and her son's dentist (who says he's never seen anything like this before) figured out that Kale chews his fingernails, then shoves them up into a pocket in the gums between his baby teeth and his permanent teeth (who knew such a thing even existed?!).
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As both a mother and a human being with teeth, I have so many questions. Like, how was it not driving this kid crazy that his gums were stuffed with fingernails? And since when are there secret pockets in kids' gums for storing chewed-up fingernails in the first place? The human body is full of surprises, I guess. Horrible, awful surprises.
Guidry ended her post with a plea to other parents to stop their kids from biting their fingernails, and, hey, fair enough. Hopefully, though, this is one of those incredibly rare occurrences that most parents don't have to worry about happening to their kids, even if they bite their nails to the quick.
Still, if you do want your kid to stop biting his nails, showing him this video might be a good way to inspire him to kick the habit. Or give him nightmares -- probably both!