As a family, teeth are not really our strong point. Wit, intelligence and modesty yes, strong, straight teeth, not so much. More of my teeth have fillings than not and on my last trip to the dentist he asked if I had ever considered work do ‘balance them out a little bit’.
I am definitely never going to crack America with my teeth. I might crack a tooth, but that’s about it. I sometimes try to blame it on my genes, like overweight people often do whilst eating a chocolate digestive (me again), but I do just like sweets.
You can buy all sorts of clever products and apps now to help encourage children to enjoy brushing their teeth, but Belle has never really bought into the whole ‘teeth cleaning is cool!’ school of thought. In fact, she hates it.
“Have you brushed your teeth?” I will often say as she is on her way to bed.
“I think so,” she will say, looking decidedly shifty. This is her idea of not lying.
“Really?” I will say, eyebrows raised.
“I can’t remember,” she will say, and then, realising I’m not buying it, “I might have forgotten.”
If you struggle getting your children to keep their teeth clean then you definitely need to take a look at this infographic from Toothpick. Toothpick is a cool new business that lets you search for dentists, read reviews, compare prices and book instantly online. As someone who has done the whole ringing round dentist after dentist trying to find one that will take us, I can vouch for what a great idea this is. They have loads of fun information and resources on their blog too, which is where this infographic comes from.
I learnt all sorts of things from this – did you know for instance that you should have x-rays at age 7 to check for decay between teeth? Or that children who breathe through their mouths are more likely to have crooked teeth? (You can put a humidifier in their bedrooms to try and help.)
Do your children enjoy cleaning their teeth? How do you encourage them?
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