As a mum of three, who for years has happily juggled the work life balance, it hit me hard when our dental practice had to pause suddenly during the pandemic. I was suddenly propelled into an uncertain world of homeschooling combined with never ending household duties! Even though I have embraced the challenge, with no end in sight, I find myself longing for normality. The day when I can take my children to school, hug my parents, eat cake with my work friends (not too much!) and chat with patients about the latest dental gadgets and gizmos or advise the right colour “Tepe” brush. 
 
I seriously miss the normality of everyday life before Coronavirus hit. 
 
I try to maintain perspective. One day this will all be over and normality will return for all of us. The most important thing is for us all to stay safe and healthy. 
 
Mealtime Chaos 
 
As parents, it’s so difficult to maintain a “normal” routine to the day. Grazing seems to take over and kids seem to want to continually raid the chocolate drawer! Snacks don’t however have to be the enemy! 
 
Smart snacking 
 
Snacks can give all important energy boosts that children need for their growing minds and bodies. Healthy choices include: 
 
• Whole grain bread and crackers 
 
• Cheese 
 
• Veggie sticks 
 
• Hard boiled eggs 
 
• Fruits are healthy but contain naturally occurring fruit acids that can damage precious tooth enamel. It’s best to keep fruit to meal times. 
 
Check the labels! 
 
Foods such as tomato ketchup, baked beans, fruity yoghurt and granola bars may appear healthy choices but are high in sugars. Hidden sugars with names such as dextrose, fructose and corn syrup can be found in many foods so it’s always a good idea to check the label. 
 
Staying hydrated 
 
Unflavoured and still water and plain unsweetened milk are the only safe drinks for kids’ teeth between meals. Fizzy drinks and juice are ok to have occasionally with meals. 
 
Brush brush brush! 
 
Twice a day brushing with a fluoride toothpaste is so important. Help your children until they are about 7. Keep on supervising them at every brush time so that they can’t tell you little white lies about brushing them “really well” when you know that their toothbrush is going to be as dry as a bone when you check it! A manual small headed toothbrush is fine as long as it is changed every 3 months or when the bristles start to splay. Lots of different electric brushes are available for children which can be a good incentive! 
 
Well I hope this has been of some value to you. It’s time for me to depart as I’ve just been called to help my youngest with his Mount Fuji project. (Wish me luck.) You are all doing amazingly! 
 
Thinking of you all and hope to see you all very soon. 🤞 
 
Rebecca 
 
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