This post may contain affiliate links.
If you buy something from one of the linked sites you won’t pay anything more, but I might make a commission.
OK, those of you who follow me on Twitter (@selfishmom) know that I had a very short night last night and slept the afternoon away. Or at least I tried to. I couldn’t turn off my cell phone because I was expecting an important package and our doorbell isn’t working…and got five calls in two hours while trying to nap. Anywho, the point is, I’m finally out of bed and back from picking the kids up at school, and I picked a winner for the Oral-B giveaway: Arlene Feix! She’s got four girls, so I’m sure the Oral-B stuff will go to very good use.
Thanks to everyone who entered. There were some great entries! I asked everyone to write a little about their families’ oral care habits, and many of you are doing what you should be doing, brushing at least twice a day and flossing. But thank God many of you aren’t. Not that I want anybody else to get a mouth full of cavities, but I feel better knowing I’m not the only slacker. I was amazed by how many of you said your kids remind you about teeth brushing.
I got a stern reprimand from my friend Toni when she found out I hadn’t been to the dentist in four years. Honestly, I thought she already knew, or I would have warned her. My friend ab claims to only brush and floss once a week, but she got engaged recently so I’m guessing she does it at least twice a week, or nobody would marry her.
I can attest to the fact that my sister Cara ate a LOT of sugar when she was little. She and my other sister were dancers and lived on Swedish Fish and gum. And they used to chain chew the gum, putting the last piece in the next piece’s wrapper, when they weren’t just swallowing it (gross!).
Kim mentioned having poor quality saliva, and that’s totally a real thing, she’s not making excuses. My husband has really good saliva – he’s never had a cavity and probably never will, according to his dentist.
Jessica Gottlieb said that she googled “meth mouth” to scare her kids into brushing. So of course, I had to do it too: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meth_mouth. Gross. Reminds me of the time on The Simpsons when Homer trades away his dental plan and can’t get Lisa the braces she needs, even though the dentist showed them the Big Book of British Smiles.
Kelly mentioned a mouthwash that shows the kids where to brush. We started my son on one of those about a month ago, because he never brushes long enough without me standing there making sure. But now, if he doesn’t, then he still has blue on his teeth. Fabulous idea. He lost a tooth while brushing his teeth one morning, so we got to put a blue tooth under the pillow.
And last but not least, since amy went to the trouble of writing her entry in verse, I’m re-posting it here:
Brush, I’ll do–two times a day,
But a tooth-Nazi I’m not, that I must say.
And though my kids are only 5, 3, and 2,
Brushing morning and night is something they definitely do.
I try to remember to teach them to floss,
Since I am their mom and a big, nasty boss.
But I have to admit, flossing’s really not my thing,
I maybe only do it once in the fall and once in the spring.
Hopefully Selfish Mom will pick me for the Oral B prize,
Since I’m admitting my fault–and as far as teeth go–I’m not very wise.
So thanks everyone, fun entries. I’ll be posting another giveaway soon, so stop back!
Originally posted on Selfish Mom