Many of our providers and staff at Commonwealth Dentistry are parents themselves. Our staff knows firsthand the trials and tribulations associated with little tiny teeth care. They also recognize and understand the mom guilt that comes with the dreaded word “cavity”.
Quick Fact: According to the CDC, more than half of children aged 6 to 8 have had a cavity in at least one of their baby (primary) teeth. More than half of adolescents aged 12 to 19 have had a cavity in at least one of their permanent teeth.
While these statistic seem daunting, there is good news: cavities are largely preventable, and so is the Mom guilt associated with them. The best way to prevent cavities is: brushing, flossing, and mouthwash. If you’d like to learn more beyond the basic, check out: 6 Children’s Dental Health Secrets.
However, in this article we want to focus on the mom guilt associated with childhood cavities.
- Get the timing right– Bedtime is hard for everyone involved. Getting kids to brush let alone floss at this time can be a challenge. Therefore, try flossing at various times to see what works best for your family. While the night time may be the best at removing the plaque built up from the day, no one wants to wrestle their child every single night. (P.S- try flossers they may work better for your family!)
- Recognize that Not All Teeth are Created Equal– Everyone is unique. We eat differently, we have different immune systems, different habits, everything we do and don’t do make us who we are. Children, just like adults, have different teeth. While guilt around cavities is normal it also important to remember sometimes the problem is genetic. Some teeth with need extra diligent care, while others don’t. Just do the best you can, Mama!
- No One can Give 100% all the Time– Life happens. Sometimes parents get sick, tired, or are just done. Whatever the reason, it is ok. Do your best. Sometimes that is a full two minutes of brushing, plus flossing, and mouthwash. Sometimes it’s not. Not everyday has to be perfect.
- We All Get Busy– There is absolutely no way that we can do everything all the time. If you have to reschedule your kids’ (or your) dental appointment- give yourself some grace. Your kids did not get cavities simply because you missed one appointment. Life happens to all of us.
- What Works for Someone Else May Not Work For You– Every one has tricks and tips. Most with good intentions but that doesn’t mean what works for some will work for everyone. If signing songs during brushing doesn’t work for you- let it go. If that special toothpaste everyone loves, your kid hates- oh well! Just find what works for you! You are the captain of your own ship!
We know you love your little ones. We know you want the best for them. Strive for brushing, flossing, and mouthwash 2 times a day for two minutes. If you are consistently having trouble with getting your kids to brush, try some of these tips: 3 Ways to Make Dental Care for Kids Fun.
If you are looking for a dental home that puts families first while still offering exceptional dental care, give Commonwealth Dentistry a try. Our staff is gentle, caring, and thorough. On top of that: they love working with kids. Schedule your appointment today!