If you are a regular reader of my blog, I have confessed many a times that I have horrible dental hygeine. Horrible. But I have great teeth. My hubby takes immaculate care of his teeth and has a mouth full of fillings. It is one of life’s great inequities. But I know one of my responsibilities as a mother is to teach my kids to take care of their teeth. This ranks right up there with teaching them how to properly wipe their bums. Yippee!!
I find this task a bit intimidating. Kind of like the first time you clip your babies nails. You are somehow responsible for properly cleaning these little tiny teeth thoroughly. And then once they get the gist, making sure they do the job. Seriously, is this not stressful? I know if my kids get a cavity I am going to be staring down some dentist who will just automatically know that my “lack of flossing” gene is responsible.
Then there is the whole fluoride thing. Kids aren’t supposed to swallow it, yet most toothpastes contain it. Apparently it can cause spotting on their permanent teeth if they swallow too much. Have you ever tried to get a toddler not to swallow something? Unless it is green veggie flavored, my kids can’t not swallow toothpaste. Yes that is a double negative. Bad grammar is my middle name.
Anywho, around here we swear by Toddler Orajel Training Toothpaste. My kids prefer the Little Bear flavor, but if you prefer Thomas the Train as your toddler toothpaste spokesperson, they have that too. It is fluoride free which provides great relief to me. Lily has graduated to Barbie Crest, but Hannah loves her Orajel. Your kids will love it too.
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