A Visit With The Dentist

It had been way too long since my kiddos had been to see a Dentist, so last week I bit the bullet and spent quite a bit of time at the Dentist’s office with them. SIX appointments in one day is enough to make ANY mama pull out a few handfuls of hair. Oy!

After six sets of x-rays, six exams, and six mouths full of teeth to clean, we managed to leave with some happy kiddos. And, some not-so-happy kiddos.

Three of my boys became a part of the No Cavity Club, but we discovered there are 17 – yes, seventeen – cavities between the other two boys and Julz.

photo credit: Mark Jackson, markoshoots.com

So, what’s the plan?

Well, I know good oral care is a must. Making sure the kids floss at least once a day, and brush twice a day is super important. But beyond that, a diet rich in calcium and vitamins D and K – foods like milk, eggs and broccoli – help strengthen the teeth enamel, while carbonated beverages and sticky sweets do nothing but harm.

None of this was news to me. Ray and I make sure the kids clean their teeth daily, and we have a pretty healthy diet.

Bottom line is that I am convinced that genetics play a huge role in my children’s dental health. Ray has great teeth, with not a single cavity. I, on the other hand, have a mouth-full of bad teeth. Seems our kids are split down the middle.

I feel bad for the half who have my teeth.



  1. Julia Appleton Wallace says

    Cute pictures! I love you hair! Sounds like quite a day though! Sorry for the ones who didn’t fair too well at the dds. :( We have the same thing in my family, I got the bad teeth and my sisters got the good ones! My mom used to buy us a treat after the dentist to make it a little better. She usually had a new book or magazine waiting for us in the car so we could read it on the way home! I think it helped take our mind off the pain too! Love you!

  2. says

    Don’t beat yourself up about this. Genetics play a huge factor. My kids were cavity free too until our last visit when one of my had a few tiny cavities between the teeth. It never occurred to me to encourage flossing so early. But his teeth are tight and cavities are an issue. He’s always used an Oral B electric toothbrush. But we found out from the dentist thsat with tight teeth you need to floss. So we added flossing each night with those individual flossers. He’s surprisingly compliant.

    I’m the one with cavities while my husband has none. It’s maddening, isn’t it??
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