Teaching Dental Health

A few years ago, a friend of mine raved about this book written by a homeschooling mom of many boys. Curious, I read the book. So disappointing. This mom was making mistakes left and right, in the name of an idealized homeschooling lifestyle.

Orthodontist visit

Orthodontist visit

That is why I am not going to tell you the title of the book. A lot of people have found that book helpful and respect the author as one of the early pioneers in the homeschooling field from the 80s. The point is, one of the mistakes she made was that her boys never learned to brush their teeth. She joked about it, too.

Humor is always important and especially so when you have umpteen children, but I take dental health and health in general very seriously. My children may not remember much about the Oxford comma 20 years from now, but I sure hope they will remember to brush their teeth twice a day every day for the rest of their life.

Health is just too important to neglect. You will not find me laughing because my children are not brushing their teeth. That would not be funny to me.

All this to say, now I have two children with braces. An attractive smile is a healthy smile. My husband and I both had needed braces and so our children inherited some genes that need correcting.

Our daughter has recently visited our orthodontist in order to get the separators put in. Next week, she gets the Herbst appliance. Thankfully, she likes mashed potatoes, soup, and frozen yogurt. The next few months and years are going to be painful. And you’d better believe I will reminder her to brush well, including her gums, and floss (even though it is such a process when you have braces).

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