My daughter has already lost two teeth, which doesn’t surprise me; I lost my teeth early, got my twelve-year molars at age eight, and got my wisdom teeth in when I was twelve. She’s about to lose one of her top teeth, which I’m actually kind of relieved about because it’s got some enamel wear (the dentist isn’t worried about it) thanks to there not being enough floride in our water in our Philly suburb.
And when I say not enough, I mean there is none.
I grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the aquifer the city was above actually had naturally occurring floride in the water. Yes, it was there naturally. Do you what that meant? It meant I didn’t get a cavity until I was twelve, and that cavity was so shallow that the dentist was able to drill it and fill it without numbing my mouth.
My daughter is NOT so lucky.
She’s already had two cavities. We’ve done the vitamins with floride, we’ve done brushing her teeth three times a day, we’ve even encouraged sugar free gum use, but it’s a BATTLE.
And this is the part that becomes a total commercial.
I was recently sent some of the new post-brushing mouth wash by Listerine to test out and write about. It came with two flavors – a Barbie-labeled Bubble Gum, and a Phineas and Ferb-labeled Bubble Blast. For the first time since we got my daughter brushing her teeth she was BEGGING to brush her teeth. BEGGING. The coolest thing is the way the bottle is designed, she can squeeze up exactly the amount she needs and no more so she’s not getting a ton of the stuff all at once.
She’s now brushing her teeth without an argument. She knows she has to brush before she uses the rinse, so… yeah.
Now she’s doing the kid thing where she’s wiggling that top tooth like crazy, trying to get it to come out. The looseness of the tooth was actually contributing to the tooth-brushing issue; it feels weird to brush loose teeth (do you remember that? how weird it felt? I do!). But now she’s wiggling away, ready for the tooth fairy to come visit again.
That is totally my fault; sadly, the first tooth she lost the only money we had the house was a five dollar bill. I think my daughter believes she’s going to get rich while losing her teeth. Sigh.
I received products from Johnson & Johnson as part of my participation in the LISTERINE® Kids Cavity-Free School Year Program. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own. Click here to see more of the discussion.