Should I brush my kid’s teeth?
As Featured in the November 12, 2011 Ask Daft Daddy column in the The Orange County Register :
Welcome back Daft Daddy fans! So wee Mac is now 10 weeks old, and it’s been fun watching him develop with each passing week. Soon he’ll be able to bring Daft Daddy beers from the refrigerator – for medicinal purposes of course.
He’s starting to develop good neck control. I guess picking him up by his head all this time has really started to pay off. What I’m worried about is the unexpected headbutt when I’m holding him. We’ve already had a couple of close calls, but eventually he’s going to pull a Zidane and knock me out. And I can’t even give him a red card for it.
So without further ado, let me get to the Daft Daddy mail bag:
Dear Daft Daddy: At what age should parents start brushing their children’s teeth? I have a thirteen month old son who drinks milk and juices from a cup throughout the day. Should I be concerned about tooth decay?
- Louise from Dana Point
Dear Louise: As you may have figured out by my past columns, cats enjoy bathing more than Daft Daddy does. In fact, I bathe so infrequently my bar of Irish Spring will last me through winter, summer and fall. But one thing I never compromise is my oral hygiene.
Parents should start brushing their children’s teeth as soon as they appear in their mouth. It is also a good idea to use a clean finger or damp cloth to wipe a child’s gums before teeth even appear. As long as teeth are present, tooth decay is a concern. Sometimes brushing and flossing a child’s teeth can be a battle of wills. But if you want to protect Toothopolis from those pesky Cavity Creeps, it’s well worth the fight.
Dear Daft Daddy: My 11-year-old daughter wants to dress provocatively. She obviously wants to dress older than she is. What can I do to keep my daughter from dressing like a floozie?
-Matt from Irvine
Dear Matt: I think Al Bundy had your same problem. But as long as you’re not a shoe salesman from Chicago, I think I can help point you in the right direction. Because the media gives girls your daughter’s age the perception of how they should act, look and dress if they want to be cool and popular, you’re facing an uphill battle.
But it’s not a battle that can’t be won. Letting her know that you understand why she wants to look and behave older is very important. Even though she will loudly disagree with you, call you unfair, and never be the spokesmodel for the new Allante, at least she will understand why you’re imposing limits and that you do know what’s driving her to behave this way. Now I’m not saying this is going to be easy, but either is scoring 4 touchdowns in a single football game.