If you are new round here and have not come across my #52LittleThings posts before I am taking part in the #52LittleThings challenge with AXA PPP healthcare to make small changes in my lifestyle one week at a time to become a healthier and happier person.
This week its all about Looking after your teeth, something that as a household we try to do but are not always successful with, trying to get a toddler to open wide and a teenager who is as stubborn at Beth to do them is not an easy task.
Ok so when I was a small child I was not great at brushing either but as a teen I soon realised to keep my breath fresh I needed to brush!
It’s now as I sit here as a soon to be 35-year-old I am owning up to the world that I have not had a check up at the dentists in 18 months+ and I have had a filling sorted for over a year. I don’t eat on that side anymore and It hurts everyday but yet I still keep avoiding them, I am not stupid I know I am making it worse for when the day comes I can’t bear the pain anymore… silly really!
All this about my own teeth but yet I ensure that my children go for checkups religiously and asking them “have you brushed your teeth” so much so it now sounds like a mantra in our house.
So what should we be doing to keep our teeth clean and healthy?
Brushing twice a day – For adults and childrens
Toothpaste – use childrens for under 6s and regular of adults and teens
Flossing – Should be encouraged from an early age
Healthy eating – always helps keep our mouths healthy
Check-ups – regularly!
And if you are anything like my toothbrush avoiding teen you can find some more information about brushing your teeth with the folk over at AXA PPP health as they have a great post on Dental Through Your Lifetime.
But why should we really be brushing? apart from the obvious answers such as gum disease and tooth loss there is also the fact that developing these types of problems can cause upset and emotional problems and of course reduced confidence which all can affect a lot more than you think!
This week I intend to rectify my issues with my tooth and I am going to finally get an appointment booked in for my check up and filling, after all I am parent and leading by example is the best way forward.
Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with AXA PPP healthcare’s #52LittleThings and I have been compensated for this post. However all words and thoughts were developed and written by members of The Oliver’s Madhouse.