September is Dental Health Awareness Month. They say you should start teaching your kids to brush their teeth from day one but it is not always easy, right? Some kids battle with brushing their teeth for sensory reasons and others have their own personal reasons for not wanting to ever brush their teeth. But the fact is, dental health is essential and so we have to guide the process as parents.
Some fun facts about teeth and dental health.
- Tooth enamel is the strongest substance in the human body!
- Teeth contain stem cells. How freaky is this? It may be possible eventually to grow new teeth.
- Teeth are unable to repair themselves which is why dentists exist and why caring for your teeth is so important.
- Tooth decay is an infectious disease because it is a bacteria passed between people. (Gross, right?)
Dental Health is not only important because no one likes to talk to someone with a stinky breathe but there are a few other reasons it is important.
- A visit to the dentist isn’t cheap. Maintaining healthy dental health can reduce the number of visits to the dentist dramatically.
- Dental health impacts overall health. An infection in a tooth or your mouth can make your child really sick, if you have ever had an infection in your mouth you will know it is never pleasant.
- Cavaties are painful. Getting your kids into a good routine early on can prevent this.
- Kids are mean and while there are many causes of bad breathe, good dental health can prevent a lot of them.
My kids go through phases, most nights they are both ok to brush their teeth but some nights they develop very secret, personal reasons for not wanting to brush their teeth which results in some tension but it is something we don’t let go.
It is also a little bit of a struggle to find a toothpaste that the kids like and is good for them. We are testing the Pure Beginnings toothpaste and Emma is loving it so far. (Jack is indifferent). The bonus with this range is that it is fluoride and SLS free, it also contains xylitol which inhibits the growth of bacteria. These toothpastes are also safe for kids to swallow and the kaolin and calcium carbonate protect tooth enamel during the brushing process.
What toothpaste are you using for your kids?