Dear Dr. Jayme,
Thank you for taking care of my constantly-deteriorating oral situation. You’ve done an excellent job, despite the fact that all of my teeth were rotting out before I met you.
I just wanted you to know that I’m really trying to prevent the spread of my horrible oral issues to my children. I’m taking your advice to heart – “make sure they don’t have too many sweets and that they brush often.”
See here, as my toddler brushes his teeth.
And all day long,
He never lets his three C’s out of his sight: Cars, Cookies, and Clean Teeth.
Even during baking!
Okay, granted, you probably wouldn’t be too pleased with the fact that I’m allowing my children to make (and eat copious amounts of) Soft Butter Mints, which, among it’s ingredients, boasts of two pounds of powdered sugar.
But please understand – it was a reward for Ali reading three books, and reading doesn’t come easily around here. Surely literary proficiency is worth a little oral decay every now and then! Right?
And still, the fact that my child never loosened his grip on his toothbrush – I’m certain that he offset his sugar intake with proper and thorough brushing.
I mean, look! Retrieving the excess batter with one hand, but ready for oral cleansing with the other!
What’s that? Did he discover that his toothbrush was the perfect utensil for wiping up the spilled powdered sugar?
Yes, yes he did.
Oh – and you want to know if he brushed with said sugar?
Yes, yes he did.
…But he was very helpful in making sure that every last bit of the mess was cleaned up…
and surely a habit of cleanliness is worth a little bit of oral decay. Right?
I’ll start his dental savings account now.
The World’s Worst Mom.