Recently, Saia went to her dentist for her six-month checkup and it was an experience for both of us. Usually, the dentist does a quick check, brushes vitamins on her teeth and then we are done. But things didn’t’ go as planned this time. Instead, they gave her the standard cleaning and we both weren’t ready for it. As an adult I have to mentally prepare myself for a cleaning, so I felt so bad that I didn’t prep her for this appointment. At first, she sat still, then we had to hold her down, use a board and some more. I was so overwhelmed, I didn’t know what to do. As soon as we finished, I called her dad and told him that he has to go to all her dentist appointments from now on because this mama is traumatized.
Although the appointment got chaotic, we did learn some valuable information about flossing. Her dentist advised me to start flossing her teeth and I was surprised because I thought that was something that we would start as she got older. I always remembered my mom flossing when I was younger, but I honestly didn’t take it seriously until I got to high school. Come to find out ,you’re supposed to start flossing your child’s teeth as soon as two teeth grow side by side. So if flossing isn’t a priority for you and your family, it might be time to make it one. In fact, flossing has many benefits:
- Prevents tooth decay
- Minimizes your chance of infection
- Removes plaque
- Reduces bad breathe
(just to name a few!)
As moms you know, brushing your child’s teeth can be difficult depending on their mood and other factors. But to my surprise, Saia actually enjoys flossing her teeth. In fact, she likes it so much that she catches me slipping and reminds me to floss my own teeth! We decided to use the kid-friendly plastic flossers because it’s easy for us to maneuver. She likes the taste and the variety of colors and shapes that she can choose from as well. Instead of this being a daunting experience for her, we just make it fun. After we finish, we let her try it so she can start getting in the habit of doing it as well.
Although we have our daily oral hygiene routine together, I hope the next dentist appointment goes better than the last. But that will be for Dad to see, I’ll keep you posted Modish Mommies. Checkout out our favorite oral hygiene products for Saia below: