I like to write down my thoughts and doodle out ideas. I've kept diaries since primary school. Even now, I still prefer scribbling in a diary over Google calendar and mobile organisers. So, it came as no surprise, when I found I had written down phrases and drew pictures when I first conceptualised Tooth Bunny.
What was surprising was, despite a 4 year time lapse, I came up with almost exactly the same motto for Tooth Bunny. In 2012, I wrote the words "Brush and Floss. Don't Let Bad Germs Be Your Boss." "over a doodle of Tooth Bunny. In 2016, I came up with the words, "Drink Water. Brush and Floss. Don't Let Germies Be Your Boss." for a little jingle my daughter made up. Co-incidental or God sent?
Why did I choose these words for the Tooth Bunny motto?
DRINK WATER. Water contributes to health in many ways - for teeth and also for our body. Dentally, water clears the mouth of food and sticky beverages and reduces plaque (communities of germs or bacteria) from building up. Water contributes to saliva. Saliva helps to protect teeth.
BRUSH AND FLOSS. Oral hygiene habits such as tooth brushing and flossing teeth, help to physically remove plaque. It is impossible to alleviate all sugary, sticky and/or sour items from our diet, so effective toothbrushing and flossing must be in place to combat food impaction, bacterial challenges and plaque build up.
DON'T LET GERMIES BE YOUR BOSS. Germs (bacteria) that cause dental decay are "normal residents" of the mouth. In small numbers, these germs do not lead to problems. When there is an excess level of these acid loving and acid producing germs, disease such as dental decay results. It is important to make sure natural balance is maintained in the mouth.
Let's challenge ourselves to "Drink water. Brush and floss". What we do is more important than what we say. Children learn by example. Let's be good examples!
Hugs and Smiles,