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Keeping the Tooth Fairy Happy: My Guide to Oral Care for Kids

Any parent will tell you that persuading children to brush their teeth can be a difficult task. When there are cartoons to watch and toys to play with, those four minutes a day that your little one needs to spend brushing can seem like an eternity. Children with additional needs, and particularly those with sensory difficulties, can be even harder to convince. However, regular cleaning and teaching them about making good nutritional choices to support their oral care will ensure that they have healthy teeth and gums throughout their childhood. If you want to ensure that your child understands the importance of looking after their teeth then read on for my guide on how to keep your tooth fairy happy and make oral health fun for kids.

First Teeth

Babies may start showing signs of teething from as young as 8 weeks of age, but typically the first tooth shows up between 4 and 8 months. That said, some children cut their first tooth much later – my son was 14 months old – and although rare, some babies are actually born with a tooth! As soon as your baby gets a tooth you should begin the cleaning process. Get them an infant toothbrush to hold and demonstrate to them putting it into their mouths and the actions that they need to make. When you actually brush them, use a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste. The important thing at this stage is to get them used to brushing their teeth as a part of their daily routine.

If you decide to give your infant a drink in a bottle then always try and give water or milk rather than juice. Bottles encourage prolonged sucking which means that any sugary drink that may be coating the teat/nipple will be in contact with your child’s teeth for an extended period, increasing the likelihood of decay. Teeth are also more at risk at night when there is less saliva to protect them so the sooner your child drops any night-time feeds the better… for your sanity as well as their teeth!

Nutrition

Good nutrition is not only important for your child’s growth and wellbeing, but it also plays a vital part of maintaining good oral health. Here are some basic guidelines for helping your child make the best nutritional choices for their oral health, but for more comprehensive advice please visit: diamondbraces.com/snacking-and-oral-health

Calcium

Calcium is an essential nutrient for developing strong teeth, and works to fortify the adult teeth during childhood.  A glass of milk is a great accompaniment to your child’s snack. Children under the age of 5 are recommended to have full fat or semi-skimmed varieties, whereas older kids can opt for lower fat versions.

The recommended daily allowance of calcium varies dependant on child age. Current guidelines suggest the following:

Children aged 1to 3 : 500mg per day

Children aged 4 to 8 : 800mg per day

Children aged 9 to 18 : 1300mg per day

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Snacking

Whilst we frazzled parents believe that our children suck the energy out of us for their own personal use, they also need plenty of snacks to keep them going. Unfortunately a lot of convenient snack items are packed full of salt and sugar, making them far from ideal choice for maintaining healthy teeth, particularly as brushing after snacks is a rare occurrence and sometimes impossible to do. Limiting processed snacks and keeping a supply of healthier, teeth-friendly alternatives is advisable. Raw veggies, complex carbohydrates such as wholegrain toast, and even cubes of cheese are much better alternatives.

Fruit

Fruit always seems like a great choice for a snack as it is usually easy and convenient, and it’s healthy too, right? Yes fruit is a healthier snack than the processed snacks I mentioned before. However it is also full of sugar – albeit the naturally occurring kind – which also damages teeth. Limit fruit and opt for veggie-based snacks where possible.

Drinks

It will come as no surprise to you that water is the very best drink that we can give to our children for their overall and oral health. It is sugar free, calorie free and great for staying hydrated. Sugary and fizzy drinks should be avoided as much as possible, and if you opt to give your child fruit juice, try and limit how often and opt for unsweetened varieties where you can.

Making brush-time fun

As I said at the start, getting your kids to take time out of their busy lives to brush their teeth can be a challenge. Making it a routine and making it fun are the best ways to ensure that they look after their oral health.

Ideally both children and adults should brush a minimum of twice per day and after each meal if at all possible, and you should do it for at least 2 minutes each time. That is a lot longer than most people realise and definitely much longer than most people brush for. Setting an alarm or using a timer is a good way to keep track, but I highly recommend using an egg-timer. Kids are fascinated watching the sand trickle away and the two minutes are quickly over for them. They are inexpensive and easy to find online. Another alternative is to find a song that they like that is at least two minutes long and ask them to brush for the duration of the song. They can even have a little dance around the bathroom whilst they do it!

Brushing should always be done in a circular motion so encourage your kids to make “train wheels” with brushes (with accompanying noises if necessary!) and use brushes with smaller heads to help them get to those harder to reach teeth. Battery-powered toothbrushes are also a great choice for helping children do an awesome job of brushing.

Other useful ways to encourage brushing include stickers and reward charts and allowing your children to pick out their own toothbrushes.

Don’t forget about the dentist!

As soon as your child has a number of teeth ensure that you register them with a dentist and start taking them for the recommended schedule for check-ups. Your dentist can ensure that your child’s teeth are in optimum health, your child will learn to feel comfortable in the environment, and going for an oral check up will quickly become an easy routine.

I hope that you have found this guide interesting and useful, and can use some of the ideas and information to make brush time fun for your children. For further, comprehensive guidance on oral health I recommend visiting this awesome website, diamondbraces.com.

livteethcleanPhoto: my 8yr old enjoying brush time!

 

Post kick-fit update

Well needless to say I didn’t have the energy to blog Friday night, post kick-fit.

The class was really good, but really hard going in places. Now I know I’m not fit, but I didn’t realise how badly unfit I still am.

It started off with walking, stretching, some light jogging (which felt to me more like running!), some other aerobic moves and OMG …… burpees! Now I CANNOT do burpees at all. I have zero upper body strength, heavy boobs and I could only do a few before having to stop. Apparently burpees are a regular part of the class though so I am clearly going to have to shape up or ship out. I may start practising in the week…. once I stop hurting!

The boxing element of the class was great, I’m a big fan of getting the frustration out!

We also did a little circuit training which was fun, required effort but didn’t completely kill me, and I found a great exercise to tone up the old bingo wings!

Aching like a bitch yesterday and today – mostly in my arms and shoulders! Hopefully I will be fully recovered ready to go again on Friday!

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Cutting the string update

Hello lovelies!

I have been neglecting my blog a lot lately and for that I am sorry. I have been pretty much working non-stop setting up my business and work orders have been coming in thick and fast. It’s also been Easter holidays and so my terrors have been at home for over a fortnight, meaning I have been struggling to keep all the balls in the air.

We haven’t done a weigh in in a little while as the weight loss seems to have plateaued and it was getting depressing only seem very small amounts each week, so instead we decided to weigh in less often at the moment. I am going to do my next weigh in on Monday 11th May so just about 3 weeks away, and hopefully I will have a significant loss to report. Fear not though, I am still hovering somewhere between 12st 12 and 13st 1lb which is where I have been for the last month. The string of this yoyo is still firmly cut!

The plateau has been a little hard going to say the least, I keep trying not to feel like crap and then something happens and I still feel like a whale. However today I tried on most of my summer clothes ready for my holiday in May and I was extremely pleased to see that the shorts I was wearing last summer are now falling down……

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That has given me a massive boost and I am happy to resign these pairs to the charity bag! I can also get on my size 14 denim shorts that I love again, so am really pleased about that too!

I have fallen off the exercise wagon due to lack of time the last month or so, but I am determined to make even just 20 mins every day for a little bit of cardio or resistance training.

I will see you back here on the 11th May where I will hopefully be reporting a nice weight loss!

Keep your fingers crossed for me!

Dee xoxoxox

And here’s a Freebie…

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http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00VD9FV4W?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_d_detailpage_o04_

So it’s that time again where I shamelessly give myself and one of the websites I work for a plug!

I have helped to produce this awesome eBook, “Simple Fermented Foods” for SoundBodyLife.Com

It is currently FREE until 3rd April (that’s tomorrow folks so buy it now!) to download on Amazon

I would be super grateful if you could pop over and get a copy – it’s free after all!

It is packed with information on what fermenting is and how to do it.

If you could leave a sneaky review on the Amazon page too I would be forever in your debt!

😉

Dee

xoxoxo

Baggy Trousers!!! 

No, not the song but my jeans! I have finally had to give up wearing my size 18 jeans as they keep falling down and look ridiculous! 

The 16s are still a little snug (thanks shops for your inconsistent sizing!) but I am so pleased to say goodbye to size 18 forever!!

Here’s a few pics of the offending trousers! 

   

    

6 weeks tomorrow I’ll be jetting off to Tenerife for a few days away with the girls, I’m really hoping to get another half-stone off between now and then!!  

Wish me luck!

Dee xoxoxo 

Working Hard or Hardly Working?

Hello sweeties!

Just popping in to say hi and sorry for being so ignorant lately! I have actually been working very hard on a couple of new projects which I thought I would share with you – I know I know it’s kind of a plug but hey….

I have been working as a featured writer for an awesome website called http://www.soundbodylife.com

SBL is basically your go-to-guide for green living. Whether its Paleo diet recipes, learning about health supplements or making your own cleaning products, SBL has it all!

Here are some links to my latest published articles:

http://soundbodylife.com/health-benefits-of-spirulina/

http://soundbodylife.com/healthy-breakfast-recipes/

http://soundbodylife.com/homemade-cleaning-products-using-essential-oils/

http://soundbodylife.com/best-uses-for-chia-seeds/

http://soundbodylife.com/homemade-natural-laundry-soap-recipe/

Feel free to stop by and leave a comment if you find any of the articles useful!

Hopefully I will catch up on here over the weekend!

Dee xoxo

My latest project available for FREE download – check it out!

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Hello my lovelies and welcome to my shameless plugging blog post!

I’m sorry I haven’t been around as much as usual, but I have been busy working for a new team – the amazing guys at http://www.soundbodylife.com

One of the projects we have been working on is the eBook “The Everything Essential Oils Guide”.

It is currently available for FREE  for a very limited time (until 13th March) on Amazon!!!

I will be quite honestly, I had absolutely no idea how awesome and how beneficial Essential Oils could really be until I started working on this project and I am now well and truly converted!

I would absolutely love it if you could stop by Amazon and download a free copy. If you would like to leave us a review that would be even better!

I know I am creeping a little, but as this is the first publication I have worked with the team on I really want it to do well!

And if you have any questions, feel free to pop them in the comments.

Also, feel free to check out http://www.soundbodylife.com for your complete guide to a healthy lifestyle!

Ta-ta for now and thanks in advance!

Dee xoxox

Cutting the string – the exercise blip

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Hello lovely blog readers!

Just a quick Cutting the String update for you.

Unfortunately exercise has been firmly off the agenda since last week as I managed to sustain a leg injury during my first outdoor run. My left thigh/hip has been very painful off and on since and I was advised to rest it completely before starting exercise again. So unfortunately I am now behind on C25K. However, I fully intend to get back to it once half term is out of the way (23rd Feb) and will re-start week 2. I am confident that I will be able to get back on track with C25K, and hopefully wont sustain any more injuries.

That said I have still been doing a little resistance training on my upper body with my at home weights, and I can definitely notice a difference in the shape of my upper body now. I really need to work on building my upper body strength too (I have none!) so that’s going to be another goal. During half term I am going to try and aim for plenty of walking, taking the kids to the park etc. My mum and I took them swimming for a few hours this morning too. I am also going to try and do some core exercises as that really is my biggest problem area.

In terms of food we have been firmly on the wagon. We had friends over for dinner Tuesday night and rather than order a takeaway which is what we would have normally done, hubby opted to cook Chinese from scratch so we could control the ingredients. He cooked with olive oil instead of peanut oil, and made sure the meats used were lean. It was absolutely delicious and I am in no doubt that it was much healthier than the takeaway version!

It’s Valentines day tomorrow – we are having a lovely family day and plan to take the kids out for lunch, probably to Toby Carvery so we can load up on protein and veggies. And instead of following up with a curry like we usually would on Valentines Day, we have bought in stuff for a homemade salad for dinner. Now that’s dedication! We do love a curry!

Overall am feeling quite positive about this week and we are both hoping for another lb or two off!

Cutting the String – C25k Week 1 DONE!

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Hey my lovelies!

Just a quick update to let you know that I have officially completed Week One of C25K. I have done sessions on Monday, Wednesday and today (Sunday) owing to a busy end of the week.

I am hoping to do week two at least 4 times next week, fingers crossed life doesn’t get in the way too much.

Week One has been great actually. Surprisingly I have enjoyed the way C25k works, its not too much in one go and I feel pretty fresh and energised after – the endorphins are definitely doing their thing! The muscles aren’t hurting as much and although hot and resembling a beetroot (my face matching my hair!), I am not as out of breath as I thought I would be.

So here is me, a big thumbs up for Week One!

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Charlotte’s Belly Blitz – First attempt!

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It’s taken me a while to blog about the Belly Blitz that I did this morning – in part because its taken me a little while to recover!

Oh my GOD, I had no idea quite how hard some of it would be!

First of all I have to say, I love the intro the DVD, the trainers that work with Charlotte are both motivating but also relatable, as is Charlotte herself. She doesn’t speak too much (good if you don’t like the Geordie accent!) but when she does its to remind you to push through the pain (as opposed to Richard Callendar of The Biggest Loser – who just laughs when she says she is in pain!).

The warm up is easy to follow, gets the blood following and muscles warm as it should, and is followed by standard stretches.

The actual training programme is split into 12 x 3-minute rounds of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) each focusing on different areas, everything from boxing moves to squats to push ups. Don’t be fooled into thinking its easy – Charlotte makes it look easy but some of the moves are killer! Luckily the third trainer, David Souter offers some lower impact “beginners” versions which I found myself following at times. Hopefully with practise I will be able to move onto the regular workouts which Richard and Charlotte were demonstrating.

The 3-minute bursts mean that just as the pain gets really difficult its time to move on, and you have around a minute to recover whilst the routine for the next round is demonstrated.

I did the Belly Blitz straight after Day 2 of C25K today, possibly maybe why I found it tough going, but then Charlotte didn’t achieve that figure by having a nap after a bit of exercise so there is no way I will. I managed the warm up, cool down and four of the 3-minute rounds before I decided to call it a day for today. The beauty of the short rounds is that you can pick and choose what round you want to do, so you can practise a specific round over and over if you need to. Obviously it is recommended that you always do the warm up and cool downs as well.

There is also a ten-minute section called “Extra Abs”. I did start the section, but it is literally all crunches albeit different types and after the first five minutes I couldn’t face any more.

Clearly I have a LONG way to go to master Charlotte’s Belly Blitz, but from the way my muscles felt today it is clearly good exercise and will offer some results. There is also an “Eating Plan” section for anyone interested, although I plan to continue with my current one.

Keep your eyes peeled for further updates!