Dental care is my biggest dust bunny as a parent. Feeding the kids healthy food? That, I pay close attention to. Church? Every Sunday! Finding great local Montessori programs? Yes, we’ve done that. But caring for the teeth that bite into all those homemade, low-sugar muffins…not nearly so much. Our kids were born in Italy where things were very relaxed in the dental department but that’s not really a good excuse. The older kids, ages 4 ½ and 3, do brush their teeth every day, but can I admit that it’s only once?
And here’s where it gets even worse. We haven’t really made it a habit to brush the little guy’s teeth at all. At 19 months, George’s toothbrush is more of a play toy. So you can imagine my horror when I read the new post on The New York Times Well blog and saw this:
“Parents should use a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste to brush baby teeth twice daily as soon as they erupt, instead of waiting until children are older, according to new guidelines by the American Dental Association.”