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If I could turn back time...

As a follow up to my last post on this subject (previous post) I thought I would write a post to the past me; the brand-new-mom me; the mom who had no idea about kids' teeth or how to care for them better. I hope this helps another new mom out there to get on the right path to helping their kids' teeth as best they can!

Dear New Mom,

This is a very specific letter. We can address the myriad of other frustrating things you are dealing with at another time but right now I want to talk about your kid's teeth and how to set them up for strong healthy teeth in the future.

First, here's some things you did right:

No bottles to bed.  No soda.  No candy.  Limit sugar.  You also didn't do the whole pacifier thing, though they didn't give you a whole lot of choice there.  You brushed early on!  You knew, and did, all of these things because everyone was happy to share this info with you!  Great job!

You only get one chance with tooth enamel: once it's gone, it's gone forever.  You are off to a good start! 

Now here are some things you don't know (that no one bothered to tell you).Avoid too many crunchy foods (like crackers!).  Starchy foods leave behind the growth of plaque (source).
Avoid highly acidic foods as they cause the enamel to soften and over time enamel can be worn away.
Keep in mind that all kids are different.  Yes, your first child made it look easy.  His teeth were freakishly perfect but that's not the norm.  Pay a little more attention to your second child's teeth, he has normal ones that need a little extra TLC while they are forming. 

Teeth also come in very different shapes.  Some are smoother than others and some have much deeper ridges.  You have to work a little more with the second ones.
Encourage more follow up with water.  After snacking, after meals and especially after anything that is highly acidic.  You don't want that acid sitting on those new teeth (source)!
Pay more attention to the toothpaste you use. ProNamel® 6-12 Years Toothpaste for Kids is a great example of something to look for, it not only helps protect enamel from everyday acids but also from cavities!
Allow a little bit of time to pass between when your kids eat and when they brush their teeth, especially after eating acidic foods as enamel is softer and can be removed by brushing (source).
Above all, know that you are doing a great job! Are you trying? Are you paying attention? Are you doing the best you can with what you have for your kids? Yes? Then that is all you can ask of yourself.  And when you learn something, share it with other moms so that they know too!
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42 comments:

Crystal K. said...

I would tell my younger self to not waste so much time thinking about what others think! (still working on that one)

imbigwillie said...

I would tell myself to try harder in school.

willgriesmer@yahoo.com

imbigwillie said...

https://twitter.com/willgriesmer/status/775797602017284096

Mita said...

https://twitter.com/mitadav/status/775865414693912576

Mita said...

Dear the past me, I wish I had ProNamel®

Jessica Warfield said...

That a lot of the worries I had when I was younger were unfounded, and not to worry about them. Got will see us through all.


jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

Jessica Warfield said...

I tweeted too https://twitter.com/jessrwarfield/status/776788972487970816

jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

Rachel Griesmer said...

If I could write a letter to my past self I would say to follow your dreams and don't let other peoples opinions rule what you do.
rachel.griesmer@yahoo.com

Rachel Griesmer said...

https://twitter.com/RachelGriesmer/status/776796742880813061

Lisa Brown said...

I would tel my past self to just stop getting stressed so much and relax :)

Lisa Brown said...

tweet-https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/777124068587737088

Julie Wood said...

A letter to myself would be that I would say no to so many sugared treats, making sure that I get you to brush your teeth more, and take you into the dentist right away when I see that your teeth are not healthy!!

jewelwood55(at)gmail(dot)com

Julie Wood said...

tweet-https://twitter.com/JewelWood/status/777133841689354241

jewelwood55(at)gmail(dot)com

Mami2jcn said...

I would tell them not to let teasing and bullying affect you. Kids can be cruel.

mami2jcn at gmail dot com

Mami2jcn said...

tweet--https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/777141281407569920

Elena said...

I would tell to visit dentist twice a year to avoid dental problems in the future

elena150980 at yahoo dot com

Elena said...

https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/777259832373940224

elena150980 at yahoo dot com

kellyr78 said...

I would tell my past self to focus on finding a career I love.
Kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

kellyr78 said...

tweet
https://twitter.com/Kellydpa/status/777290541427986433

kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

FireRunner2379 said...

As a parent I would tell my past self to take it easy on my parents. I was a good kid, but could have been even better! Parenting isn't easy!
jlammers002 at woh dot rr dot com

FireRunner2379 said...

I posted a tweet: https://twitter.com/FireRunner2379/status/777294248278388736.
jlammers002 at woh dot rr dot com

steve weber said...

Stop eating all that candy! you are going to lose your teeth!

groogruxking40 @ gmail dot com

Natalie said...

I would tell my past self to live in the moment and to not worry about what will come. yarbr012 at gmail dot com

Natalie said...

https://twitter.com/yarbr012/status/777530328772644864

yarbr012 at gmail dot com

JC said...

I would tell my past self- Do not sweat over small things, look in the bigger picture.
tcarolinep at gmail dot com

JC said...

tweet-https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/777640092873527297

Elle said...

Tweet: https://twitter.com/PrettyHotPink6/status/778650900059402241

Elle said...

I would tell my past self to not worry about the future and that things will work out.

prettyinhotpink6 at gmail dot com

Kristen said...

I would say don't wait to go after the things that you really want.

Kristen said...

tweeted
https://twitter.com/rubylorikeet/status/779025738070491137

Tamara said...

I would tell myself that in the end, everything will turn out alright. Gather all the happiness that you can, don't stress.
westiemks5 at yahoo dot com

Tamara said...

Tweeted! https://twitter.com/calebaw3s0m3/status/780615829972881408

ellie said...

I would tell myself to not worry so much about the future and just enjoy the present. I've spent far too much time worrying about things that never happened in my life.
eswright18 at gmail dot com

ellie said...

Tweeted
https://twitter.com/eswright18/status/781538684948533248
eswright18 at gmail dot com

Stephanie Phelps said...

I would tell my past self to try Sensodyne earlier and to stay away from coffee and tea so it does not stain you teeth

Stephanie Phelps said...

I tweeted my4boysand1 at gmail dot com
https://twitter.com/my4boysand1/status/781540037863276545

Angela Saver said...

If I could write a letter to my past self, I would tell myself to slow down & enjoy all our family time, because they really do grow up too fast! I would also tell my past self to relax & all you can do is the best you can do!

Andysavi.Mom@gmail.com

Angela Saver said...

I tweeted

https://mobile.twitter.com/saverang/status/781624307650732033

Andysavi.Mom@gmail.com

DeniseL said...

I would tell myself to get out of that relationship earlier ;) And get into that other relationship earlier.
dmarie824 at aol dot com

DeniseL said...

tweeted - https://twitter.com/dmarie824/status/781863531650035712

Kathryn C said...

#SweepstakesEntry- comment

I would tell my past self to start paying myself 10% with each paycheck I earn

Kathryn C

Kathryn C said...

my #SweepstakesEntry tweet:

https://twitter.com/thrincor/status/781931361762410496

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