These Dang Signs of Getting Older

I have a variety of signs that I am getting older, no longer does my skin look as beautiful and young as it did before. All of a sudden I turned 30 in 2011 and my body said “oh you are old now, so let’s start being a pain”. That is when I stopped being able to eat foods I had loved all of my life, my hair started sprouting greys even quicker and I swear I noticed a receding type hairline the other day, but have not really seen it again so assuming that was (hopefully) a figment of my imagination!

There is things beyond the outward signs and the inability to eat certain foods that concerns me, my teeth. Yes, I said it. My teeth. You see pictures of me where I have this beautiful full teeth smile and I love those pictures but as I get older I am noticing that my gums are starting to move away from my teeth. Does this mean I am going to need some treatment for my gums? Receding gums treatment is out there and many swear by this method than using a toothbrush, but am I really ready or in need of that right now? Please say no.

Loving Mother with her son

The funny thing about getting older and being 31 years old, turning 32 in October of this year – I do not feel old. My brain still functions like a responsible adult when need be but also that of a fun teen when I can be that way too.  When I say teen brain it simply means that I know how to and am able to let loose and be goofy with my kids without acting like a stuffy old adult. I do not think I will ever grow up but my body has other plans – it says it’s time for it to start maturing and I just want it to slow down …. why can’t our bodies match up with where our brain is? I bet mine would if I started working out regularly again!

Tooth Monster HD Pro app for iPad

Tooth Monster HD pro for your iPad is an app that was brought to my attention recently and so here I am sharing the details with you all. I love all these apps that are available for the iPad, keeping kids busy & smiling everywhere.

I don’t know about all of you but tooth brushing is a headache in my household. Having a daughter who is now 10, apparently these days brushing her teeth isn’t a priority and I am constantly having to remind her over and over to brush her dang teeth. Next comes my two sons who believe their teeth only need to be brushed before bed, maybe that’s partially my fault. Their Dad and I both really hated putting up a fight to have them brush their teeth, but we fought for at least once a day since the pediatrician stated once a day is okay for now.

The boys are older. They need motivation to brush twice a day and this app sounds like a fun way to encourage them to brush their teeth. Tooth Monster HD Pro allows your child to learn the six steps to brushing your teeth in the “Brush your Teeth” playbook found within the app. You can collect stamps in the game, after using your finger to follow the six steps to brushing your teeth properly.

Among the “Brush your Teeth” playbook, there are games where your child can fight plaque and sing along to various songs that are included within this $4.99 app. This is a fun way to encourage a love of brushing teeth and putting a face to plaque. I would personally love an app like this for my two sons, because I am at the point where trying anything to get them to brush their teeth is fair game.

What about you all? How do you kids do with teeth brushing and would you think an app like this would help encourage a love of teeth brushing?

Download Tooth Monster HD Pro on iTunes for your iPad for $4.99, rated ages 4+.

 

How Win The Battle of Teeth Brushing with Children

Each evening, when the sky has turned dark and it’s time to start the ever lasting bedtime routine with the kiddos, it seems there is more than one argument going on about bedtime routine but the most important task that needs to be completed seems to be the worse battle of my day as a parent; teeth brushing. What’s more worse? The morning battle to get the kids to brush their teeth before school.


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If you have children who battle you about teeth brushing, then maybe my tips will help you get your kids to start brushing their teeth twice a day {at least} to ensure they don’t suffer from tooth decay. Here are my tips on what not to do and what to do, based on personal experience with my three kiddos:

**Kids DO not Care About Having Black Teeth

When I first started trying to win this battle of teeth brushing, I told my sons that their teeth may turn black if they do not brush twice a day. I went on to show them my silver cavity fillings and explained that a needle goes into your mouth to numb you and then they fill your tooth after drilling it out. This attempt at a scare tactic did not work. The boys were more interested in rotting teeth now because they could have a cool silver filling in their tooth. Sigh.

**Brush Your Teeth Together as a Family

Making teeth brushing part of a family activity each morning and night may really help to boost your child’s awareness that it’s not only important for them to brush their teeth but also for adults. They will have fun seeing who can brush the longest, aka win the race of teeth brushing while watching you brush your teeth with white tooth paste film all over the place. Making chores of any sort a family activity really helps unite the family bond too.

**Do Not Compare Siblings Skills of Teeth Brushing

I sometimes make the mistake of saying “so and so brushed their teeth soooo good, now can’t you do that too?”. One thing siblings do not like is being compared to or having the pressure of living up to, one of their siblings. Try to refrain from comparative comments and just stick with encouraging sentences that will help your child brush their teeth twice a day without having to nag them.

**Make Teeth Brushing Twice a Day part of the Little Ones Chore Chart

If your children are as argumentive as my sons were in the beginning with brushing teeth twice a day, you may wish to consider adding it on a chore chart as part of their daily tasks to get done. Once my sons knew they would get a check mark on the chore chart for brushing both morning and night, they were all about brushing their teeth.  Although, I would normally not recommend daily tasks being considered “chores”, it really helped to get my sons on track with brushing twice a day.

Overall, teeth brushing has become less of a battle these days, after I followed my own advice listed above. The boys will now, usually, brush their teeth in the morning with me as well as night. My daughter is also more inclined to brush her teeth regularly again, after getting her spacer put in, she seemed to start declining interest in teeth brushing because her “mouth always smells anyways from the spacer”.

Each tip above worked for all three kids who are ages 9 and below, what tips do you have for older children?

Oraline for Promoting Good Dental Health in Children

This post is brought to you by Maggie Clubs and Oraline. This is written by me and is 100% that of my own opinions.

I have shared information about Cross Contamination and then another post about how much my kids love the Oraline products and now is my final blog post summarizing everything to do with good oral health in kids and Oraline products!

Something I learned while being a part of this campaign is that those who left me comments really provided some fun feedback and facts about Cross Contamination, did you know that one of my readers said that when you flush the toilet it gives off chemicals of some sort in the air and so she keeps her toothbrush in a drawer away from any cross contaminates that may enter the bathroom air; good idea!

I do not keep our toothbrushes in a drawer, we have them on the side of the sink in a cup, this is what we did growing up and it just fits for me. I am lazy when it comes to tooth brushing, which means if that toothbrush is not right in site I may forget completely to brush my teeth at night. I always remember in the morning for right now I am trying to get these boys of mine to brush two times a day – the morning is the hardest for them to remember to brush.

It’s important to teach good oral health, the reason being? One of my ex’s had talked to me about his growing up years and how he had wished his parents were more strict on oral care. Now as an adult he has to deal with bad teeth and had to get some root canals and teeth pulled. The dental care for him may never end and he really makes sure to encourage good dental health in his own kids because he knows all too personally what poor dental health can do.

There are myths and there are truths out there so make sure to do your own research and start creating good habits now with your children to encourage a love of clean mouths before it’s too late and they have fallen victim to poor routines. The Oraline products really have helped encourage my kids to have a love of oral health care; they brush their teeth often and do it very well. They love to place their toothbrushes into the Oraline Sanitizer to ensure they have clean toothbrushes too.

As a family we are working together with the Oraline products sent over to ensure we hold each other accountable for good oral health and great teeth brushing habits!

 

Ordering Oraline Products is very easy. Simply go to the Oraline website and go through the process of choosing which products you want. The Oraline Toothbrush sanitizer is certainly worth trying out, it’s easy to use and helps eliminate the issues with cross contamination. Also with each Oraline Kit order you will receive a free Maggies Club Gift Bag. The gift bags will go to the first 100 people who order using this link to order the Oraline Kit.

My Kids are Loving Oraline Products for Good Tooth Health

This post is brought to you by Maggie Clubs and Oraline. This is written by me and is 100% that of my own opinions.

One week ago I discussed Oraline products in regards to cross contamination with toothbrushes. This week I am sharing some information about the Oraline products that my children have been using and enjoying. The Oraline Toothbrush Sanitizer for Kids, Oraline toothpaste and Oraline customized toothbrushes.

Ever since we have received the Oraline products my children have been steadily brushing their teeth, putting their own toothpaste on their toothbrushes (the younger 2 kids, oldest always does her own) and sanitizing the toothbrushes for us all. It’s so cute to watch them be excited to ensure they have a fully sanitized toothbrush and cool that they are able to run the machine on their own!

In between each day my children are making sure that they run the toothbrush sanitizer and they love to watch as the UV light works to get rid of germs, including the H1N1 Flu virus. Icky! With school starting up next week I am so happy to see that the Oraline teeth brushing products have helped encourage a positive teeth brushing habit with my sons as well as encouraged them to ensure they keep their toothbrushes clean.

Ordering Oraline Products is very easy. Simply go to the Oraline website and go through the process of choosing which products you want. The Oraline Toothbrush sanitizer is certainly worth trying out, it’s easy to use and helps eliminate the issues with cross contamination. Also with each Oraline Kit order you will receive a free Maggies Club Gift Bag. The gift bags will go to the first 100 people who order using this link to order the Oraline Kit.

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