We have a really great dental clinic for our kids. There is a patriarchal older dentist who beams at everyone as they arrive or as they meander to their assigned chair. He moves from child to child, cracking wise or winking, putting the often nervous patients at ease.
The younger dentist bounces from closed door offices, where he fills cavities, to the post hygienist check up with the same jump in his step. I have never walked out of there feeling just a wee bit happier because of their consistent zip-a-dee-do-dah spirit.
The cynical edge to me thinks: Of course they are happy, the clinic is jammed with at least eight wee patients every 20 minutes, four days a week. Each dentist goes home at night and sits on a giant pile of money, secretly eating Jelly Tots and slurping Dr. Pepper.
I try to be on our boys about brushing and flossing twice a day, but, like all other good intentions, it sometimes go by the wayside. If they fall asleep in front of a movie, it is unlikely I will wake them up to brush their respective teeth. Admittedly, my oral hygiene habits are not as diligent as Steph's, who is one of the rare people who have never had a filling. So she is all over the kids about maintaining a regular brushing and flossing schedule.
Me? I received two root canals and had three teeth yanked from my skull, not necessarily from lack of care (er, my teeth are soft?), but I definitely should have brushed and flossed more growing up.
All I remember from my dentist growing up is that he had a tremendous amount of nose hair (welcome to the nasal jungle) and called me "Jase" which I found both too familiar and a tad feminine. Oh and the disgustingly and ironically too sweet orange fluoride mold that my teeth soaked in for way too long.
So far, Hud has two fillings, but last week's check up came up relatively clean (a tiny potential cavity on a child molar) and Tasman is on the right track with a flawless dental record. We are also lucky because both kids seem to be blessed with teeth that will not require braces.
My toothbrush growing up was pretty standard fare, nothing compared to the elaborate dental tools available today that inspire good oral hygiene for kids of all ages. Check out the fluoride and fluoride-free products from Orajel that that combines crafting with the daily ritual of brushing one's teeth.
And, guess what, its CONTEST TIME!
To coincide with the recent Spiderman 4 movie opening, our friends at Arm & Hammer are giving away this Spiderman Kids Prize Pack that includes a SPIDERMAN 4 SPINBRUSH and the sticker fun toothpaste gel mentioned above. There is also MANY other goodies to help make oral hygiene fun and keep your child's dental record spotless as their well brushed teeth. Total value of this prize pack is $150 Canadian.
TO ENTER, please comment below and tell us what SUPERHERO POWER you wish you had!
Contest closes on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at noon. One winner will be selected at random.