Bad Mommy Moment #974: Cavities are Contagious!

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month! But it’s also the first time my oldest was treated for a CAVITY!

Oy vey! The shame! It’s a bad mommy moment that’s not even funny. But while you can’t laugh at my pain (get the Kevin Hart reference), I hope you can learn from it! Here’s where I think we went wrong: Boys Brushing Teeth

* We brush twice a day… well… for the most part. We’ve upped the consistency on that. 
* I was letting him brush by himself. (I thought he was doing a good job 😦 ) And I would follow-up most times. Now, I brush his teeth for him all the time – and I let him practice.
* I don’t buy hard candy, but I packed raisins in his lunch – almost everyday. (They are his favorite!) Yeah – he even had a piece of raisin in his mouth when he went to get the cavity filled! These have been axed from his diet and replaced with grapes. Grapes are more expensive but not as much as the bill to get that cavity filled! 

 Apparently, I’m not alone. You’ve got to read this article claiming that cavities are contagious! Crazy, right? Wrong! The dentist said my youngest is also showing signs of a potential cavity – IN THE SAME TOOTH as my oldest! Ugh – the article reads …

     “…cavities are the most common chronic childhood disease, five times more common than asthma and seven times more common than hay fever.”

Who knew? Well, YOU do, now! Check out the American Dental Association’s website for fun activity sheets for the kids and more tips.
Alright, alright, alrriiigghhtt! (again, Kevin Hart – I’m done now)…

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3 thoughts on “Bad Mommy Moment #974: Cavities are Contagious!

  1. I hate anticipating what’s going to happen at the dentist. I hope and pray there are no cavities. I brush my boys’ teeth too. They get a turn and I get a turn. I want them to start using kids listerine. Do you know brushing misses 75% of your mouth!! My boys love the little kids flossers. Good habits start early!

  2. Ugh! That’s awful! I need to be better about making my daughter hand over control of the toothbrush. Kids like to be independent and “do it myself, mama!” but if cavities are going to result from this, then I’m taking back control. Good for you for realizing what steps you can take to improve the boys’ oral health! Thanks for sharing your story, Andrea!

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