One of the hardest things that I have had to do as a professional role model/parent is improve upon my own suspect practice of the dental hygiene arts. I am ashamed to say that I haven’t been as diligent in that arena as I should have been over the past few decades. I have gone to bed without a nighttime brushing, I never wore my retainer (that’s more orthodontic than hygiene, but it supports my claim of ineptness), and I have had the same bottle of mouthwash since the Bush administration (the second one). I don’t want my kids to pick up my bad habits, so I have gone to great lengths over the past few years to take it up a notch, and for the most part I have succeeded.
And then there is flossing. I have never been able to maintain a consistent level of flossing, and I say that knowing exactly how important it is.
This is where the students becomes the teacher. Our insistence of a nightly brushing ritual has inspired the boys to embrace the minty wax lure of finely spun floss, and they have asserted that no session of mouth maintenance is complete without it — including mine. We’re like a tooth team (trademark pending).
These days the nightly routine is pajamas, brush, floss, rinse, book, and bed, which means caring for our teeth is an important part of the experience. I’m hoping it will last a lifetime (orthodontics can get expensive).
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