Thank goodness for Brent and his two stints wearing braces. As a result, he’s hyper intense about oral hygiene. If it wasn’t for his passion, I would have easily let slide brushing our kids’ teeth twice a day. But knowing he’d ask if Sammi had brushed her teeth helped make teeth brushing a priority for me.
As a kid I had fillings in each of my molars. I remember the shock I felt when I lost my first molar. It hadn’t occurred to me that I would lose them even though I’d lost my front teeth. As soon as the shock wore off my very next thought was Yay! I’ll have teeth without fillings! I remember wanting to protect my teeth so they wouldn’t get cavities. I was SO disappointed when I did get cavities and my precious permanent molars started racking up fillings.
Fast forward to my adult life. Brent convinced me that we should try the sonic toothbrushes that go for two minutes and then turn themselves off. Since using those brushes and flossing more regularly, I’ve only had a single filling. In five years! Before that I hardly had a visit to the dentist that didn’t require a return visit for fillings.
Brent and I used to joke that we hoped our kids got my straight teeth and his cavity-free teeth. Sammi had a small cavity at her first dentist appointment when she was 3. I was so devastated and figured she was doomed to follow in my dental footsteps. Instead, I made a more concerted effort to brush her teeth for the full two minutes twice a day. She hasn’t had a filling since then.
So many things about parenting can be time consuming or complex to get across to our kids. But in 2 minutes 2x a day we can build a foundation for a healthy mouth. Simple, right? But I am living proof that those four minutes are well spent each day. For myself and for our children. And I am so glad that while Sammi may have inherited my genetic predisposition to cavities, we can combat that with healthy habits.
A Simple Secret to a Healthy Mouth
2 minutes twice a day! That’s the secret to a healthy mouth. Need more of a reason to commit to four minutes of teeth brushing a day? More than 51 million school hours are lost each year due to dental related illness, resulting in parents losing 25 million work hours annually. Cavities and oral infections can cause severe pain and can increase a child’s risk for dental issues and poor health throughout their lives.
Ready to take the 2 min 2x a day challenge? Simply visit 2min2x.org and sign up for text reminders 2x a day for 5 days to help you build a healthy habit for a healthy mouth. Also on 2min2x.org you’ll find 2 minute videos to watch with your little one while you brush. Those two minutes can feel like forever when you’re just waiting for them to pass. And it’s easy to want to end early and move on to the next activity. But these videos, or a sand timer, can help those two minutes pass more enjoyably.
Giveaway Details for $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway:
In honor of National Brush Day (www.2min2x.org), Untrained Housewife and fellow bloggers are hosting a giveaway to help parents teach their children all those daily tasks that are so important to health and well-being. One lucky winner will receive a $100 Amazon Gift Card just in time for the holidays.
The giveaway starts on October 27, 2014 and will end 11:59pm on November 3, 2014. Open to US residents, 18 and older only and void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary – chances of winning depend on number of entries received.