This post is brought to you by LOTTE Xylitol.
Actually, I'll confess that I don't have the best dental hygiene habits but I only found out how awful I've been after a fascinating talk given by Dr. Fina Lopez at the launch of the Lotte Xylitol Make It Zero program. I mean, I have really nice teeth. Even my dentist says so! But apparently, I've just been lucky because I've been brushing my teeth the wrong way for the past, oh, 36 years!!!
|Dr. Fina Lopez. I super love her diamond drop earrings!|
1. Cavities are contagious!!! OMG. Before you kiss a guy, ask if he has cavities! Joke. No joke! For us mommies, don't allow people to kiss your kids especially on the mouth. I have always found that gross. Plus, tell yaya not to blow on your baby's food because if she has cavities and her saliva splatters on the food, your baby will get the bacteria in her mouth. I actually had my former yaya go to the dentist and have her teeth fixed. Wow, it was soooo expensive! Tapos umalis lang siya after a few months! Kainis! But after Dr. Fina's talk, I'm so happy I did that!
2. Cakes vs chocolate? Chocolate wins! While both food are sweet (and therefore bad for your teeth), chocolates melt.
3. Iced tea vs soft drinks? Neither! Both are not just sugary, they are also acidic. Drink water!!!
4. Always supervise your kids' Brush Teeth Time. That's what we call it here: "Okay, kids, Brush Teeth Time!" And then my boys run to the bathroom. They love brushing their teeth! But Dr. Fina said it's not enough to just brush together, we must actually make sure the kids are brushing their teeth right. Young kids especially don't have the manual dexterity yet so she said to lay the baby on my lap and brush his teeth while he's lying down. Good luck. This really annoys Iñigo. With Vito, I just make him bend his neck back so I can really see his teeth.Now let me tell you how to brush your teeth, mommies.
Floss first. This dislodges the food particles between your teeth so when you brush after, the food particles are brushed away.
My dental hygiene sin: I always floss after brushing! But I floss before brushing now. Yey me!
Brush for 3 minutes, 3 times a day. Most people don't even reach a minute! The reason why you need to brush for that long is you need to bathe your teeth in flouride so that teeth become strong and protected. If you brush briefly and just once a day, your teeth will have lots of time to be exposed to decaying food in your mouth, which odor-causing and teeth-eroding bacteria just love!
My dental hygiene sin: I brush only twice a day and only for two minutes. But my dentist told me that's okay as long as I chew Xylitol in between meals. Hooray for Xylitol!
Brush gently. And here's the reason my dentist said I'm okay to brush twice a day: I brush too hard. I do that to make up for the less than 3 minutes I spend brushing. Brushing too hard damages gums and wears away the tooth enamel. That's what my dentist said: "Your teeth are very clean but you have cavities because you've worn away your enamel." (She fixed the cavity situation after saying that!) Brush gently! And with soft bristles, too.
My dental hygiene sin: I brush too hard. Now I'm gentle!
Don't rinse. Say whaaaaaat?! Yes, you read that right. Do NOT rinse mouth after brushing your teeth! Again, your teeth need to be exposed to flouride for the longest time possible. If you rinse after brushing, well, you just washed away all that flouride and other beneficial ingredients toothpaste has! Dr. Fina said to just spit and then walk away. Walk away! And don't eat or drink anything for at least 30 minutes to allow that flouride to work its magic.So, mommies, teach your kids to brush their teeth properly. When you're old like me, it is very difficult to unlearn bad habits. Click on this story for more tips on brushing teeth!
My dental hygiene sin: I rinse. I still do! I can't undo 36 years of rinsing!!! But I'm trying really hard. My dentist gave us a bottle of flouride. She said, "If you can't resist rinsing, coat your teeth with flouride after you rinse."
You can also give your kids Lotte Xylitol chewing gum. It's a fun and yummy way to keep teeth free from bacteria. Xylitol encourages saliva flow, which helps maintain healthy pH levels in the mouth. The gum also removes food particles that may still be stuck in your teeth and tongue. It also helps remove stubborn tartar and prevents plaque on teeth surfaces. Plus, your mouth smells so fresh!
Just make sure you remind them to chew with their mouth closed!
Lotte Xylitol dental health gum is available in bottles and blister packs, and comes in three exciting flavors: Blueberry Mint, Fresh Mint, and Lime Mint. Lotte Xylitol is reasonably priced and can be found in leading supermarkets and drugstores across the Philippines. For more information, visit http://www.lottexylitolgum.com/.