Giving your children the best start to Dental Health

The prettiest thing you can wear is a smile .                                                                                                                           As a mother of five I understand the many struggles that parents face both physically , emotionally and financially with providing the best possible dental hygiene habits and healthcare. 

The struggle to get a toddler to open their mouth so you can help brush their teeth , the 12 year old who insist for the 5th time that they have brushed their teeth while smiling at you with food still stuck in their teeth.            Oh and the joys of the tooth fairy visits that were a day late because the tooth fairy must have been very busy last night or “they must be saving your teeth till last because you have looked after them so well”. 

Not to also mention the fact that we could have gone on an around the world trip twice with the money we have spent on orthodontist and dentist bills. 

As a parent I have struggled with the limited advice available regarding how best to support my children’s dental health. 

 Sally from Health Insurance Comparison is our guest on the blog this week answering some important questions on how to support your children’s dental Heath.  
Dental Health for Children
We only get one set of real teeth so it’s crucial to be looking after your child’s dental health from an early age.
  

When should I start brushing my child’s teeth?
Regular teeth brushing is essential from a young age to set your child on the right path for their oral health. Ideally, you should look to start brushing your child’s teeth from babyhood, after the first milk teeth come through. This could happen anytime from around the 6 month mark but can sometimes happen sooner.
While your child is still young, you’ll need to do the brushing for them. Make a point of showing them what is involved via the mirror to prepare them for being able to clean their teeth by themselves.
From around the age of 7, children should be fine to start brushing their own teeth. However, it is still wise to supervise them to make sure that they are not missing areas and that they don’t swallow any toothpaste.
As they get older, you can also teach your child how to floss between their teeth to get rid of plaque and bacteria that is not tackled by brushing alone. If this is too awkward due to the alignment and spacing of their teeth, interdental brushes can also be used to clean between teeth.

What age should my child be when they first visit the dentist?

Your child’s first visit to the dentist should happen soon after their first milk teeth comes through. Getting them used to going to the dentist from an early age can make them less concerned when they need to have dental treatment as they get older. It can also help to keep tabs on decay and any dental problems that may become more of an issue if your child doesn’t start seeing a dentist until they are older.

Preventing tooth decay

Sugary snacks, fizzy drinks and fruit juice can all contribute to tooth decay so it’s advisable to only allow your child to eat and drink these in moderation. Water and milk are better alternatives.

What age is the best age to commence orthodontic treatment and why are braces important to my child’s dental health ?

Some children will need to have orthodontic treatment to correct misalignments with the jaw and/or teeth as they get older. This can help to straighten crooked teeth, close gaps between teeth and correct ‘bite’ so that the top and bottom jaws meet properly. Depending on the arrangement of your child’s teeth, this could enable them to take care of their oral health more easily by correcting problems that otherwise make it difficult to keep the teeth and gums clean and healthy.

Braces can be fixed or removable. Some are highly visible but there is also the option to have a more discreet type, although this is more expensive.
Orthodontic treatment is usually down around the age of 12 or 13. After this point, it is more difficult (but by no means impossible!) to correct teeth and jaw problems. 

The Financial Side of Things
Medicare provides a bit of support for your child’s dental . The Child Dental Benefits Scheme (CDBS) offers up to $1,000 towards the cost of some dental care services for children aged 2-17. To be eligible, you need to be in receipt of certain Government payments for a minimum of 1 day of the calendar year, such as Family Tax Benefit Part A. The CDBS is capped at this amount over 2 consecutive calendar years.
Beyond this, Medicare will only cover dental treatment in ‘exceptional’ circumstances.
Because Medicare won’t offer a huge amount of help for the average family, you may choose to buy Extras health insurance to help with the costs of your child’s dental care. This can be particularly valuable if anyone in the family needs to have more extensive dental treatment and/or if your child needs to have braces as they near their teens.
Extras with General Dental services will cover preventative dental treatments such as examinations, scale and polish and x-rays and it may also include fillings, simple extractions and wisdom teeth removal (depending on the health fund). More complex dental work such as root canal work, treatment for periodontal/gum disease, crowns and bridges and implants will require Extras cover with Major Dental services. Orthodontic treatment will sometimes be covered on Major Dental but will usually require Extras cover with Orthodontics services.
Be aware that annual limits will apply to Extras cover, and this can be on the low side for the more basic Extras policies. This can have a big impact on the level of dental services that will be covered on your policy and could lead to out-of-pocket costs if you need to go beyond the annual limit on your policy and your health fund is not one of those that offers no-gap dental cover.
Want to find a fairly priced policy with comprehensive dental coverage for your kids? Check out healthinsurancecomparison.com.au and start comparing policies today!

Note : No money was received for this guest post

Learning to wear what I love in May has been a fun journey. I’m looking forward to following the Instagram style challenges in June and sharing my style, what I love and where to find comfortable, affordable clothing with some hints on how to style your pieces in different ways to get the most out of them. #rediscoveringyourwardrobe #lovewhatyouwear #flipagram #Maroon5 made with @flipagram . http://flipagram.com/f/Wlw452GiHt

Learning to wear what I love in May has been a fun journey.
I’m looking forward to following the Instagram style challenges in June and sharing my style, what I love and where to find comfortable, affordable clothing with some hints on how to style your pieces in different ways to get the most out of them.
#rediscoveringyourwardrobe #lovewhatyouwear #flipagram #Maroon5 made with @flipagram . http://flipagram.com/f/Wlw452GiHt

Chinese inspired food

The best things in life are meant to be shared. As I have mentioned in my previous Bring and Share posts , our family has many fantastic memories of meals shared and this weeks food, conversations and laughter were just as wonderful . Some of our dishes this week are our own recipes and the links to all the ones that aren’t are included in the recipe headings. Ginger and Garlic Prawns I always find garlic prawns to be a quick and easy meal served with rice . The secret to all good seafood dishes is to try and buy fresh sea food, although I do understand that this is not always a choice. This recipe was easy, quick and got the thumbs up. wpid-wp-1430463622211.jpeg Stir fry with egg noodles and vegetables ( B1s own recipe) 2 x chicken breasts Snow peas x 1 large handful 1/2 cup peas, 1/2 cup corn 1 small chopped carrot 250g Mushrooms sliced 1 pk Egg noodles Stir fry sauce (i used pineapple sweet and sour) Abc soy sauce 1 clove garlic Mixed herbs Place egg noodles in a bowl of boiling hot water to soak. Dice chicken breasts. Cook in pan on medium heat with herbs and garlic. Dice vegetables. Add abc sauce to chicken. Stir through. Add vegetables to pan. Strain egg noodles. When chicken and vegetables are almost cooked add stir fry sauce and egg noodles. Cook on low heat stirring occasionally. Sweet and Sour Chicken Made by Mr Wings partner. This was delicious and also didn’t take long to make.

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  Mums Fried Rice ( The recipe I have been using for years and adjusted according to available ingredients) Ingredients – 2 cups of rice 1 onion 300 g diced ham 3 eggs 1/2 cup peas Soy sauce 1 clove garlic METHOD Cook rice (I like to cook mine the morning before and leave in the fridge). Wisk egg and cook as an omelette. Chop egg up while in pan with the spatula, take out and set aside. Fry onion and ham Add rice, soy sauce and cook until all heated. Add peas and cook while continuously stiring for 5 minutes All the dishes were nominated as winners this week and leftovers were all quickly served up in containers for lunches the next day. wpid-wp-1430463295042.jpeg So what’s theme for Bring and share next week? Well we are asking you to share your favourite recipes with us and each Friday we will feature a collection of recipes for readers and ourselves to try. We will also be sharing some of our favourites along with yours. You can share by emailing them to me at toddlersplusteens@hotmail.com. Please don’t stress about retyping them, photos of the recipe are also fine. Our aim is to Share some new recipes with each other on here. We look forward to featuring your favourites and sharing ours with you next Friday. Enjoy the moments Jules 💜

The magic of books

I grew up reading Alice in Wonderland, Treasure Island and  Anne of Green gables ; just to mention a few as the list is too long.
I was also a major bookworm.who loved nothing better to escape into the pages of a good book and i must admit as I got older I was an extreme sucker for a good romance.  Not Mills and Boon style romance but the kind where there wasn’t always a happy ending or page after page of naked revelations. The Characters were complicated yet intriguing and the possibilities were endless.

In my early years I could be found in the back corner of the school library hiding out with my book of choice.
It was my way of escaping unhappy home situations. The library was also my main way of accessing books.
Books held an amazing world under each cover. Fiction and  Non fiction books were consumed at a rapid rate. The only time I must admit over the years that I did not want to see a book again for a while was after completing My University degree,  but this was text books.

Mr T & T is an avid reader and comes from a family who love to read.  The main literature in my house when growing up was readers digest and My Mum had a big collection of mills and Boon books. I have also met friends over the years who grew up being exposed to a great selection books but do not enjoy reading.

Many hours of reading to our kids,  always a variety of books around and encouragement may or may not have contributed to the fact that Most of our kids enjoy reading now and Miss Moo is well and truly a lover of books.

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So how can we encourage our kids to read for enjoyment?

  • Join the local library and start when your children are young.  The library is a great place to access free books and expose kids to a wider variety.  Most libraries run storytime sessions and sessions ( for babies). Some information:
  • Western Australia  Better beginnings
  •  Libraries of SA
  • NSW Libraries
  •  ACT Libraries
  • Tasmanian public Library services
  • Cairns Libraries
  •  Melbourne Library services
  • Read to your child often and from a young age.  It is never too early to start
  • When searching for books consider your child’s interests ( it’s ok if they want to read age and content appreciate magazines,  this is still reading.
  • Take an interest in what your child is currently reading and take the time to talk about the book.  When they are younger ask questions such as Can you find… ? ,  What colour is… ?  Can you count how many…?.
  • Give books and magazine subscriptions for presents to older children.

One of our family favourites is the book – A fortunate life.  So when our gorgeous Miss Moo arrived the decision to name her was not a challenge.  ‘Myra’ was the name of Albert Facey’s (the main character) sister and our name of choice .

Share your most Embarrassing / Funny Mum moments

Lately I have been thinking of all my embarrassing moments as a Mother. Probably because of all my fantastic fellow Mummy bloggers and their great posts and funny photo shares.

Over the years our kids have managed to embarrass us a lot. Ssh, don’t let them know because they may just try harder.

Last week Miss Moo and I had a sneaky visit to Bunnings. On our way out Miss Moo decided it was time to get out of the trolley and walk. Now this is fine and  Miss Moo was helping push the trolley until she decided that she needed to adjust her shoes right in the middle of the entrance aisle while insisting I assist her. So I did what every good Mum does and got down on the floor to help her. As I stood up I heard giggling and turned to see three teenagers looking in my direction. I felt a bit breezy around the back-end and reach around to realise that my Jeans were no longer covering my derrière  and my brightly striped underwear were showing. I quickly pulled up my Jeans and paid for my items in record time . Luckily Miss Moo is at an age that she isn’t embarrassed by me.

As I have got older I have found that I am not as embarrassed about things as I was when I was younger. I have also noticed that a lot of people seem to  worry less about embarrassing themselves as they get older. It’s almost like the filter has worn out for some people. I wonder if this will happen to Mr T & T and I , will we have the ability to embarrass our kids in public and not bat an eyelid (I say with a glint in my eye).

I am super excited this week to host my first competition on Facebook while also showcasing some stunning Jewellery.

The fantastic part is I get to offer you the chance to Win this stunning piece of Jewellery.

Share your Most embarrassing / funny  Mum moment for a chance to win.

Toddlers plus teens are excited to give you the opportunity to Win this gorgeous necklace. Thanks to my wonderful friend Samantha from Park lane Jewellery .

So how can I win you ask?

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1. Like Park lane Jewellery with Samantha Heinrich by clicking on photo above and going to her link.

2. Like toddlers plus teens on Facebook by clicking on photo below.

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3. Share competition with friends on your facebook page

4.  Share your funny / embarrasing mum moment or your mums moment on here or Toddlers plus teens on Facebook.

 

The Competition will run from Sunday the 19th of April 2015 – 2nd May 2015 at 11.00pm. Competition is only open to Australian residents and not affiliated with Facebook.

The winner will be drawn using Random.org . I look forward to sharing more of this beautiful Jewellery over the next few weeks .

Good luck.

Enjoy the moments

Jules x

Turkish Food delights

 
So we meet again.
Welcome to dinner at our house.
Last nights dishes were delicious.
Everyone is really stepping up their game. All the recipe links have been included in the recipe names.

Mr T&T joined in the challenge with gusto and I really thought I would have to put myself out of the voting since the dessert was Turkish delight inspired ( my favourite).

Beef kofta with saffron yoghurt

The gorgeous B1 , our eldest made these. The accompanying saffron yoghurt went well with these .

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Turkish Potatoes & Chickpeas

Mr T & T enjoys getting in the kitchen when he is home and what better than to cook together.
The spices in a separate portion of this dish were omitted for Miss Moo (2). This dish is fairly easy to prepare with the main difficulty being locating Baharat (Middle Eastern spice mix)

We struggled to find Baharat in any shops for this recipe where we live so decided to make our own using a recipe from Taste.com  (link in the title text)

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Lamb shank testi kebab
Lamb shanks are always a favourite dish and there were none of these left over.

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Turkish bread

There are some fantastic recipes out there for Turkish bread but for this weeks bring and share we decided to buy ours.

One of our favourite breads is Turkish bread and we have fond memories of eating this with Dukkah purchased from the historical town of  New Norcia . So although Dukkah originates from Egypt we decided that it would almost be a crime not to eat Mr T & Ts Turkish Pide (bread ) without Dukkah and olive oil.

 

Rose cream & raspberry jellies

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Made by Miss Teen . The changes made to this desert were added crushed Rasberrries throughout the cream on the top layer.

Overall dish ratings

We decided to tally our ratings this week to decide on an overall winner.
The three chefs hats went to Miss Teen who made the delicious desert, she will get to choose which country our food theme should be based on for next week and she has chosen one of our family favourites ; Chinese food.
Her dad and I threw in a free movie pass for winning.

Anyone who read last weeks bring and share will know that I mentioned our son Mr Wings (20) liking watching the Iron Chef  on TV when younger . Iron Chef Australian defender maybe ??

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Don’t forget to enjoy a meal with your loved ones this week.

Enjoy the moments

Jules 💜

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Not one size fits all

Recently I was at the playground with Miss Moo pushing her on the swing when I overheard a group of Mums talking about sleep routines. I won’t repeat the conversation word for word but I can tell you the following things were mentioned ; Self Soothing, cry it out , swaddling  and introducing solids early.

I found myself walking away from the playground that day thinking about the many conversations I’d had with Mr T & T over the years about the latest article or book I’d read and convincing him that whatever recent  sleep method I’d read about was a great idea and we should try it. Two weeks in and the book was back on the shelf or returned never to be spoken about again.

Some of our older kids were great sleepers and some  could have easily given night shift workers a run for their money in a competition of who is more alert after pulling an all nighter.
Of course we would get the many meaningful advisers in our younger days as parents about just leaving them cry etc.

So 15 years after our Miss Teen was born when we found out we were expecting Miss Moo I went out and began my usual quest for information from the latest experts.  Crazy I know,  after all we already had 4 kids so why would we need a book.

Truth be known reflecting now,  I was determined to do what most parents want to do,  be the best and do the best job I could. Have we tried any new methods this time around?
I can honestly say yes.  The same ones we are still doing ; What works for our family and Miss Moo.
We know this time will pass quicker than we want it to, so if that means she needs extra cuddles or to have us close by then so be it because before we know it she will be asking us to take her for driving lessons.

Please don’t misunderstand me there are lots of wonderful parenting books out there and I’m almost positive that I will read more but Just like a gorgeous winter coat ( there isn’t a one size fits each family method).

To all My Mummy friends out there and friends of mums I say be kind to yourselves and them. Parenting is a journey that never ends and each day has its challenges and celebrations.

Your doing great!

Enjoy the Moments

Jules 💜

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