When I was 13, I noticed the space between my teeth getting tight and it freaked me out. I begged my parents for braces. I was willing to do whatever it took to get them fixed. I’d endure all the “Trap Jaws” and “Tin grins” my little brother could throw my way, just to have a beautiful smile. Ever since then, I have been obsessed with my teeth; protecting them and keeping them healthy. I guess it’s hard not to be when you spend nearly 2 years of your life fixating on maintaining your oral health. This led to a lifetime habit of meticulous oral hygiene.
I have daughters of my own now who are 7 and 9-years-old. One is losing teeth while the other is wearing braces. They are at vastly different stages of life on their oral health journey.
Both girls have been going to see the dentist since they were 2 and always get their regular 6-month check-ups. They have been using #Orajel products since before they had teeth. It started with Orajel teething gel and then baby Orajel tooth and gum cleanser with no fluoride. Next, as teeth came in, we started using Orajel Flouride-Free Training Toothpaste and now, with most of their permanent teeth in their mouth, the girls are using Orajel Bubble Guppies Anitcavity Fluoride Toothpaste. The most ironic thing about it all, the 9-year-old with the braces uses Orajel teething gel to alleviate some of the pain from newly tightened braces. We’ve come full oral health circle.
I like that they are using products that I have come to trust over the years; products that I have used since I was child.
We are serious about teaching them the importance of taking care of their teeth. I stress how important flossing and brushing regularly are because once you lose those baby teeth you only get one more set so you have to protect your smiles.
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How do you help your children develop healthy dental hygiene habits?
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Orajel Kids.