So, it’s February (how did that happen?) and I’ve probably ditched half of my New Year’s Resolutions already but one resolution I’m not going to ditch is my focus on my kids’ dental health. Their adorable little teeth took a pasting from all the candy and sugary snacks over the holidays, so, like the perfect, no-I’m-not-exhausted-I-got-this mom that I am, it’s Project Teeth in my household.
And it’s perfect timing because this month it’s National Children’s Dental Health Month. It’s a health observance campaign that’s bringing together thousands of dental professionals and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to our children and their caregivers – that’s me! So I’m doing my bit and focusing on the one thing that I think I just might be able to get my kids to do.
Drink more water
And I’m talking tap water, not some bottled gazillion-dollars-a-litre special water from a magic spring in Switzerland. Good old tap water is one of the biggest health-boosters we can give ourselves and this year’s campaign slogan is ““Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile”.
There are loads of reasons why getting my kids to drink more tap water will improve their teeth. First off, tap water with fluoride protects my kids from cavities through strengthening the tooth enamel and reducing plaque’s ability to produce tooth-rotting acid. That’s just science.
Reduce their sugar intake
Second, how much sugar does tap water contain? None. We all know that sugar reacts with the bacteria in plaque to produce acid, which attacks dental enamel. Sugar is NOT good for your child’s teeth. And did you know that some sodas like lemonade can contain 10 teaspoons of sugar per glass? That’s a lot of sugar right there. I’ve decided that when my kids get thirsty, I’m going to swop that first soda for tap water. Or – and let’s face it, this is more likely – if I’m too tired to weather their protests, I’ll get them to drink some tap water after their soda because the teeth experts tell me that water will wash down any remaining sugar in the mouth.
Bribe them with a Brushie
Don’t think I can’t hear you thinking, “And just how are you going to get your kids to drink more boring tap water?” One word.
No, they’re not going to get candy for drinking more tap water. I’m not that dumb. I’m going to order them a Brushie. A Brushie is an app-based game that makes brushing fun. And those dental hygiene geeks at www.mybrushies.com are offering me and all you lovely 247Moms readers a Brushie at a discount price. So get your Brushie in, fill up those glasses with sparkling tap water, and let’s make those folks at= National Children’s Dental Health Month happy.
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Disclaimer: I have teamed up with Brushies in support of this campaign. We received compensation for participation in this campaign. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.