32 diamonds for life -- right in our mouths! Since I married a lab guy (dental technician and lab owner), I learned that taking care of our teeth is a big deal and that teeth are as precious as diamonds.
I learned that it's important to teach our kids about dental health at a young age, and that it's best to take a preventive approach. It's all about good habits. We either pay now for tooth cleaning and maintenance, or pay later with costly restorations and replacements.
Teeth aren't just beneficial esthetically; they have a role to play in digestion, heart health and in speaking and pronunciation. They're the unsung heroes of our bodies!
The cost to restore each tooth with a crown in today's market is about the cost of a nice diamond, somewhere in the range of $1,000 - $2,000. So take it from the tech -- you want to avoid this costly route if possible!
The good thing about homeschooling is that we can instruct our kids on good dental hygiene and see that they brush after meals. We can monitor the timing of sweets and ensure that they have a healthy diet.
My recommendation is to find a good dentist for your family. He or she will work with you as you teach your kids how to floss and care for their teeth.
Also, as part of a science unit, consider doing a study about teeth. You can also bring in new vocabulary words for English, too. For instance, "odont" means tooth in Greek and is the root word for many scientific terms such as odontalgia -- what dentists call a toothache.
Here are a few common-sense tips to teach your kids (from the lab guy):
* Have regular dental check-ups.
* Floss your teeth at least once a day.
* Limit sweets. Try to have them right after a meal.
* Brush teeth after eating & at bedtime.
* Use a fluoride rinse when possible.
* Eat nutritious foods.
Finally, commend your kids when they're doing a good job taking care of their teeth. Encouragement goes a long way.
And don't forget to keep the end result in mind -- to keep our smiles (our teeth) for a lifetime. After all, smiles are noticeable. It's a beautiful thing to see someone's face light up with a warm, healthy smile.