October 30, 2014

Protecting The Pearlies—Dental Care For Kids

Whether we're talking about kids with special needs or little ones who haven't quite yet mastered the skill of brushing, flossing and... SWISHING (that's a tough one), dental care is a skill that needs to be taught. Cavities WILL happen if we're not vigilant in our fight against the "Plague Monster!" I prefer, "Sugar Bug" but Plaque Monster seems appropriate this month.

October is Dental Health Awareness Month AND Halloween. Coincidence??

I’m on dental hygiene with my kids like braces on a tween, like taffy on braces, like Chapstick on winter lips, like white sludge on your tongue after a night of drinking....you get the idea. I'm on it. 
NOT because I’m winning at parenting or anything. I’m hyper hygiene aware, dentally speaking, because I have to be. If Avery requires any kind of dental work, she needs to be put under. Like, fully sedated in a hospital and obviously, that scares the crap out of me.

She won't stay still long enough for the dentist to do his thing, and due to a breathing issue, she can't be quieted with gas so...

....when the dentist tells me they've found a cavity, I need to be quieted with gas. Saying goodbye to your child as she's wheeled away to surgery, even if it's merely a tooth extraction or a filling, well, I'll do pretty much anything to avoid that.

1. Brush at least twice daily and limit sugary, sticky snacks. #obvious

2. Electric, Spinbrush, manual... we've tried them all. Sometimes we switch between the two to keep things interesting. The important thing is to choose a toothbrush head that is the correct size for a little mouth.

3. Inconveniently, most 'tooth gunk' is in between the teeth so flossing is a must even though it's a giant pain. We've tried all the gadgets—the flossing sticks and picks and they're 'okay' but when it comes down to it, regular ol' string floss works the best for us.

4. Drink LOTS of water
, extra after each meal and avoid sugary juice and soft drinks.

5. Rinse with water before brushing to remove any surface reside, aka chunks of cheese or toast.

After brushing, rinse with an anticavity mouth rinse. My friend Julie swears by Starinse so we gave it a try. It's all natural (tastes sweet and lemony), does NOT contain fluoride or gross chemicals so it's perfectly safe to swallow.

*A note about the swish. Avery had a heck of a time with this. It took nearly three months to teach her how to inflate her cheeks with air....while keeping her lips sealed. In the end, her swish still needs work. Our dentist said as long as she keeps the rinse in her mouth (I like to grab her by the head and shake it around like she's in a paint can mixer...not sure if it helps, but it's fun for me) it will coat her teeth and that's enough. Don't even get me started on our recent "how to gargle" tutorial. Gong. Show.

7. Have a tooth plan to prevent over-crowding. Ask your dentist if an orthodontist might be able to start mapping out a plan (which might include some tooth extractions). This isn't necessary for everyone of course but for kids like Avery who have lots of teeth and a little jaw, it's been helpful.

8. Be mellow—it's okay if they're yellow. I lectured my son about the yellow undertone of his teeth. Turns out I’m a jerk because according to our dentist, everyone has a yellowy pulp inside their teeth. If your teeth happen to be more translucent than opaque, the yellow will show through. My bad. Sorry Sebastian.

9. Keep brushes clean
and protected from “toilet flushed air.” You know what I'm talkin' bout. These cute little guys do the trick. They stick to the mirror and close over the head of the brush. 

10. Brush as a team. When Avery was younger, I brushed her teeth. I laid her down on my lap with her head tilted back. That way I could see what I was doing and get at the back teeth. Now that she has better (but not perfect) fine motor control, she brushes for the first minute (usually while I'm doing her hair) and I brush for the second minute, floss and help her swish.

Knowing that my kids' teeth aren't rotting out of their heads makes me smile. :)

Not a sponsored post. Just in case you were wondering. :)

October 22, 2014

This New Form Of YOGA Is Sure To Catch On

I love yoga. Or more accurately, the idea of yoga. Not to mention the sinewy limbs that come from actually practicing yoga instead of sitting on your ever widening ass watching You Tube videos about yoga while eating crackers slathered in 115 mls of apple butter.

If this yoga class comes to a studio near me, I'm so signing up.

Who's with me?

October 20, 2014

Whispers Behind Her Back

You can barely hear them.

She can't hear them at all, and I like it that way.

They're soft and intermittent and I can almost always ignore them. Sometimes I can even silence them with a look or an explanation or sometimes with just a tiny shot of snark.

Mostly they're the whispers of strangers and who cares what they think? She doesn't notice them and even if she did, she wouldn't understand them. If she did, she'd probably just smile and reach out her hand because she's gentle and kind and forgiving like that.

Sometimes I also want to reach out my hand. But in a more, "come over here so I can slap your head" kind of way.

Though my daughter has many friends, last year she made a new friend and this relationship was special. This little girl had just moved to Canada with her father while her mother remained overseas. Her new friend came over to our house often to play and attend parties and she called Avery on the phone. How excited my little girl was to have the phone ring—for her. Between Avery's delayed speech and her friend's broken English, it was the Broken Telephone—the IRL version. It was terribly sweet and ridiculously funny.

Now well into Grade three, Avery has gotten over the disappointment of not being in the same class as her bestie. I have tried since the beginning of the school year to arrange a play date, but our invitations have been repeatedly declined. I've come to learn that the mom is here now and Avery's friend told me she will not allow her to come to our house.

I can't claim to know the true reason why, but in my heart I know. Perhaps I'm wrong. I hope I'm wrong. Maybe they're just extremely busy? Or there's possibly something else going on that I don't know about? The thing is, even if they're faint or spoken in another language, I can still hear the whispers and they're not always easy to ignore.

When Friendships Fizzle
Toxic Friendships

October 19, 2014

Want To WIN A $500 Shoe Shopping Spree?

Winter. That word gets stuck in my throat like a warm tongue to a frosty fence. But winter is coming my fellow Canadians and we need to be prepared. Or least have cute winter boots. My mom bought these waterproof insulated Rieker Tex boots. Love 'em and wish we had the same size feet. 

I'm a stunningly indecisive shopper. I have my eye on these black Cougar pillow boots but wonder if I really want to walk around sporting "Cougar" on my person at this stage in my life?

Did you have a pair of the originals? Bet you let the tongue hang out and refused to do them up. I also bet you didn't pay $220 for them. Yup. That's what they cost now. I bought my first pair from K-Mart back in the day and I'm sure I didn't pay more than $20.

So IF I decide to go back and buy them, you can bet I'll protect them! I wrote all about how to do that here. Them's some pricey kicks but so cute. Gotta say, winning a shoe shopping spree would help.

Shoe Shopping Spree You Say? (Check out THAT seamless segue. Heh heh.)

Come (twitter) party with us and *fingers and toes crossed* be eligible to WIN the Grand Prize of a $500 Shoe Shopping Spree, or one of the secondary Tana prizes!

When: Thursday, October 30th from 8-9pm EDT

Where: On Twitter of course! Follow the hashtag #TanaLovesShoes and be sure to follow our host, @MoeTurner, and shoe-loving moderators: @Mom2Michael, @MrsLouLou, @Kidsumers and me, @LisaThornbury.


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