16 February 2008

dental health

When it comes to brushing teeth, our children run the full range of the quality-control spectrum. Bee is old enough to brush fairly well without supervision, although he is known to smirk and goggle his eyes at his brothers in the mirror if a parental unit is not paying attention.

Zee thinks he's done in twenty-five seconds and generally has to be sent back to brush for a second round, with instructions like, "Count to two hundred in your head this time."

Em has the opposite problem: we're readying ourselves for church or the library, and everyone else is standing at the door in boots and coats while he's back in the bathroom, participating in the world's most thorough dental cleaning. Seriously, he sometimes brushes for more than ten minutes.

Then there's Elle, who is happy as long as: 1. it is her turn to brush (versus mine), and 2. she's allowed to admire her brushing form in the mirror.



Sometimes supervising the dental health of this quartet of little people taxes the limits of my mental health, but I suspect I will find the day quiet in an empty sort of way when I have merely my own set of choppers to look after.

10 comments:

Melissa said...

I wish my oldest would take just a little more time with his dental health... makes me crazy!
Cute pictures!

Tayasmama said...

Lucky! Brushing teeth is me LEAST favorite time of the day, nothing but screaming and crying cause her teeth apparently hurt so bad. They DON'T, I've brought her to the dentist 3 times and there is nothing physically wrong with her. She just doesn't like it. I however, brush on through the screaming and drooling and convulsing... ohhh the joys of mother hood...

janae said...

I used to be so good about brushing the kids teeth until little #4 came along. Now we're still good in the morning, but we miss night time brushings quite often. The kids dentist takes a picture of them for his no cavity club wall when they don't have cavities. So far no cavities, but I'm afraid for the next visit. Love the pics. She's a beautiful girl. And again, you have such a way with words. What you said at the end was just beautiful and it summed up my fears for the future.

Amy said...

Ugh - my least favorite time of day - brushing of the teeth! My 2 yr old loves it and can't get enough, my 5 yr old on the other hand cries the entire time and gags as if I am torturing her! If only she knew what torture it was to get a cavity filled - maybe then she would listen to her mum!

stinkypeteandcompany said...

DO I love the shots of your littlest dental washer?! I do, I DO! What a lovely child and a talented momtographer.
Our gal Stink, who doesn't seem adverse to oral hygene in general, made a thoughtful observation this fall when she approached me with the dripping drooliness one would expect from a little mouth short 6 teeth and said (through toothpaste bubbles, no less) "Why spend so much time brushing when they all fall out anyway?!" She is ever so practical.

BusyDad said...

Oral B would kill for a little toothbrush model like that! I've never seen such sheer enjoyment derived from such a mundane task. And yeah, kids' dental health can drive you mental, no doubt about that!!

Willow Tree said...

Can Em give some pointers to my daughter we have to do the 2 or 3 brushings to get the job done:) Great post!
Brooke

Corey~living and loving said...

aw yes.....the joys of dental health. Loved this post. the photos are lovely.
glad to have found you.
have a great day.

Kimberly said...

I have a weird kid. Emma likes going to the dentist. She wants to wreck her teeth so she can go again.

Yeah.

Weird.

Willow Tree said...

Can Em give some pointers to my daughter we have to do the 2 or 3 brushings to get the job done:) Great post!
Brooke