Excessive Tooth Bleaching Not Making Kids Smile
One of the worst insults to a parent (regardless of gender) is being called a "stage mother." That title has long been associated with the belief that the parent is vicariously living out her dreams of fame and fortune through her child. One reality show that exposes the debauchery of this behavior is Toddlers and Tiaras on TLC.
Recently, one pageant circuit mom stated she bleached the teeth of her 5 and 8 year old kids and admitted that she does so on a weekly basis regardless of if her kids are competing or not. This revelation came as the mother said she was fine with the practice and preferred it to making the kids wear false teeth (called "flippers") as "because youâ€™re literally altering what God gave them,â€ (http://www.styleite.com/beauty/toddlers-and-tiaras-teeth-bleaching-video/). The video shows the kids whimpering, trying to block the bleach application and stating that the taste is awful.
Aside from the potential physiological damage the mother may be causing her children, she is also increasing the odds of her children suffering from dental problems. Excessive tooth whitening can lead to issues such as intense tooth sensitivity and erosion of tooth enamel. Additionally, too much tooth bleaching can make teeth "...brittle, dehydrated and more vulnerable to staining," (1-800-DENTIST).
Parent's Smoking Causes Cavities In Kids
Everyone has a vice or two, but those who choose to smoke are not only damaging their own dental health, but that of their innocent children. Smoking increases levels of oral bacteria and dental plaque and ups the chances of a smoker developing tooth decay. Once that parent kisses their child, they pass the curse onto their offspring.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) found that a by-product of nicotine called cotinine is the culprit. Their research showed that the 32 percent of kids with higher cotinine levels had tooth decay on their baby teeth. Kissing is the act that would easily allow for an easy transfer of the compound.
Parents and caregivers concerned that their innocent behaviors may be damaging the dental health of their children should seek the advice of their dentist for more information. For those looking to find a dentist, calling an 1-800-DENTIST operator can streamline the process.