When I was little I used to go to drama school on a Saturday morning. One week we working with a poem that stuck with me: "Oh, I wish I looked after my teeth, and spotted the peril beneath" by Pam Ayres. In the poem she looks back and regrets not listening to her mum and now it has become too late as false teeth are "beckonin' ".
Have you ever had a conversation with someone who has something stuck in their teeth? It is hugely distracting. You keep trying to look at their eyes, but your line of line of sight keeps dropping. Our mouths are important; they are how we communicate, not just with words, but with non verbal cues such as smiling, grimacing, frowning etc. The reason the poem stuck with me is it's a brutal reminder that if you leave it too late to look after your teeth and your gums you don't get another chance.
As a parent I worry about my daughter's teeth. She hates brushing them and I hate the tantrums that come with attempts to make her brush them. Yes they are her "baby" teeth, but her gums are for keeps. She loves to eat the toothpaste and chew the toothpaste, but brushing? That's a challenge. We normally manage it by getting her to "brush" my teeth while I do hers, but I can't help thinking there is another way.
It is estimated that around half of adults have gum disease and it is the major cause of tooth loss. The risk of gum problems is even higher for pregnant women. Oral-B is running a Love Your Gums campaign to raise awareness of the importance of healthy gums.
This post is an entry for BritMums’ #ORALBLoveYourGums Challenge sponsored by Oral-B, promoting healthy gums – something especially important for pregnant women. Get tips and advice on www.oralb-loveyourgums.com.