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My Healthy Smile

Updated on December 28, 2016
A young man looking in the mirror. He is smiling because his teeth are clean and he is very happy.
A young man looking in the mirror. He is smiling because his teeth are clean and he is very happy. | Source
My Daughter Ellie. A bit more grown up now but a beautiful smile.
My Daughter Ellie. A bit more grown up now but a beautiful smile. | Source

One of the greatest concerns today, is the state of our younger generations teeth. One year old children, have teeth rotting in their mouth. It really is hard to comprehend.

When i was a young child, i was required to spend a good five minutes in the bathroom. Always making sure to clean them properly and brush in a circular motion, as my mum put it!

After the healthy eating era came along, children's teeth became more decayed.

Why? Surprisingly this is due, to an excessive amount of fruit juice drinks. Parents believe they are doing the right thing. Advertising and the media, pushed it at us daily. Telling us that juice was healthy for our children.

We began putting fruit juice Petra packs, in the their lunch boxes everyday. Once upon a time, it use to be milk cartons. Children were strong, healthy and had exceptional teeth.

What it is actually doing though, is rotting our children's teeth. Most juice has a high acidic content, which then attacks young teeth and causes damage.

In no way am i saying, stop juice consumption all together! There is after all, other reasons for tooth decay. We simply need to limit, how much our children drink. Making sure that after every juice drink, children go and brush their teeth.

If you have a child that has already developed a decay and it has just started, it can be stopped in it's tracks. Consistent brushing 2 - 3 times daily will take care of this, very quickly. This is what the dentists would call a "stop decay". A decay that has halted in it's progression and does not appear to be getting bigger. Dentists would rather not fill a child's, first set of teeth. I am sure if you feel the same as i, you would not want to put your child through that unnecessarily.

Some children love the idea, of brushing their teeth. They are happy to stand on their little foot stool and smile at themselves in the mirror. Proud as punch that they have made it, to big kid status! Then there are children like my daughter. Would rather be off playing with her toys, then brushing her teeth.

A wrote a poem for my Daughter, to motivate her to brush properly. Ellie loved my poem and giggled whenever i read it to her. I hope it helps you and your child, reach a level together.

As you can see in the illustration. The little boy is standing in front of the mirror. On the basin is a toothbrush, standing upright in a holder. The little boy has just finished brushing his teeth and looks very pleased with himself. He is happy

My Healthy Smile

I look in to the mirror

I smile to see my teeth

Their looking very dirty

I think their full of beef

I like my little toothbrush

It keeps decay away

It helps me show

A bright clean smile

For mummy everyday

This became an extremely useful tool, when dealing with my daughter. Not only did she dislike brushing her teeth but was physically ill, when she tasted toothpaste. It became very difficult, to get her teeth cleaned.

This has helped me tremendously and i hope it does the same for your family also.

(C)Copyright, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, Tammy Crossman


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    • skellie profile image

      skellie 6 years ago from Adelaide

      Hi there Walt,

      Always look forward to your lovely comments. Yes, kids love to have fun, with the boring things in life - like cleaning up and brushing their teeth. You must have a nice voice, what wonderful memories you have given your children :)

      They must love speding time, with such a great dad! Thankyou for your very sweet comments :)

      Happy Sunday, right back at ya!

      Cheers skellie

      Hello smcopywrite,

      Our childrens teeth are very important. You reminded me, i had that coating applied to my daughters teeth also. An excellent treatment, worked very well!

      I think the dentists here in Australia, do not offer enough information to the parents up front. Parents do not know, there are preventative measures that can be taken.

      Thankyou for your very informative comments :)

      Cheers Skellie

      Hi there WillStarr,

      Yes i did hear something about a tooth decay vaccination. You have taught me something new though, did not realise there was a possible genetic link. Very interesting comments, thankyou :)

      Cheers Skellie

      Hello Moonchild60,

      Wow! had no idea they made baby tooth wipes. Do they still make them? What a handy item that would be. Yes a fun toothbrush, makes a huge difference. The children can have a giggle, while they are brushing lol.

      Dental health is extremely important!

      Thankyou for your comments, i have learnt a lot today

      Cheers Skellie

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      Moonchild60 6 years ago

      Hello Skellie - I was one of those moms that wiped their infants teeth clean with these special little "tooth wipes" they made for infants. So that the formula and milk would not decay their teeth. I was also careful not to allow them to fall asleep with a bottle in their mouths (also decaying due to the sugar). The sugar is milk is significant and can also decay their teeth. Difference between milk and fruit juices is Milk also has Vitamin A and D and those fruit juices do not. And if they do it is not significant. I made sure they brushed as toddlers, etc...bought the most "fun" toothbrushes and some even played music!!!

      This is a great hub because a lot of parents don't really think about this. Not that they mean to be neglectful but it is just that there are so many other things to worry about. But this is important and equally important is to stress to children brushing away from the gum line. White, healthy teeth are meaningless if you get gingivitis. You will lose them anyway. Excellent hub Skellie!!! Original!

      PS WillStar you are right. Also what the mother eats while pregnant can contribute to bad tooth decay. I had this issue myself.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Tooth decay may also be genetic. I read a study done a few years ago of children raised in the same house and fed the same foods, but who came from different parents, and it discovered that the number of cavities found correlated with family groups. It has been suggested that the difference may be in the saliva. There was talk of a tooth decay vaccination, but I’ve heard no more about it.

      Good Hub Skellie!

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      smcopywrite 6 years ago from all over the web

      i enjoy hubs like this one.

      your childs teeth is one of the most important things as a parent you are responsible for. one of the great things that has come along in dental care are sealants. this process isnt covered by most dental care because it is considered cosmetic. this is a coating the dentist can apply to teeth (baby or permanent). the sealant is a protective coating that gets in the nooks and crannys of the tooth where decay can start.

      i did this with my daughter and she has graduated from high school without ever having a cavity.

      great dental hygiene learned early is retained the same a anything else. by teaching them young, they will carry this on throughout their life.

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      Walt Smith 6 years ago

      I never would have thought of a hub like this. I guess that is why you are the master. I bow before your I used to sing little made up songs with my kids to get them to do their "due dilligence" chores, it worked especially well with my daughter because I have a deep voice and she loves to hear me sing. Probably the only one, but yeah it teaches them that you can get through the droll by making it fun. Life is what you make of it and your children are blessed twice over; once because you take the time to be a part of their lives (even the little things); and twice because you are so imaginative in all that you do. Voted up and useful and awesome. Happy sunday, cheers...W