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the eric update - day 380: trying out toothpaste!

while we've been using odin's toothbrush as a teether for quite awhile, we recently decided that since he now has six visible teeth that is was time to go to the next level in training him for what will hopefully be a lifetime of good oral hygiene habits.

that's right. it was time for trying out the toothpaste.

after a few attempts of trying to get him to let us put the toothbrush in his mouth, as soon as he tastes the toothpaste, all hope is lost and he won't let us get the toothbrush near his mouth unless he does it all by himself.

the furrowed brow and the devilish look in his eye might lead you to believe that he doesn't like the taste of the toothpaste. but, if fact, he likes it a lot and would probably enjoy eating the entire tube over the stuff he's been finding in his dinner bowl of late.

lucky for him they don't make toothpaste like they used to what with human urine or pulverized charcoal and brick :-)

very quickly, odin discovers what everyone eventually learns - that there's no better way to pass the time while brushing one's teeth than by reading the instructions on the back of the tube.

eventually, if he's like his pops he'll have read the instructions on every single tube and container in the bathroom, hundreds and maybe thousands of times.

we just picked up the oral b tooth & gum cleanser because it was convenient. as always, we're open to suggestions from the peanut gallery.

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7/19/2005 07:56:00 PM 7 comments

7 Comments:

e3&4, I believe your choice of oral b is perfect, pending the acquisition of gillete. this will be our brand. as i am now in dentifrice, i believe this is a perfect choice. safe and effective. -mfromohio

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:13 PM  

mfromohio: "e3&4, I believe your choice of oral b is perfect, pending the acquisition of gillete. this will be our brand. as i am now in dentifrice, i believe this is a perfect choice. safe and effective."

ha! so now that we're back in the great midwest, when you coming over for a visit. maybe you can bring us lots of product :-)

By Blogger e3, at 10:53 PM  

Tom's of Maine! Tom's of Maine! Tom's of Maine!

Good thing I'm not allergic to peanuts, being in the gallery and all. ;)

By Blogger Emy, at 3:43 AM  

He's home! He's home! He's home!

My cousins 30 weeker came home last friday. Visit my blog for the homecoming photos (http://renaldsrap.blogspot.com/)

Thanks again for your posts on this website. The knowledge I gained from reading your posts helped put my cousin at ease when her infant was in the NICU.

Rena

By Blogger Rena, at 9:54 AM  

emy: "Tom's of Maine! Tom's of Maine! Tom's of Maine!"

but, of course! sillilly i didn't even bother to check and see that they made a tasty toothpaste for children. but now that we have a close family friend pushing oral b whatever shall we do :-)

of, of course, i refer to you all as members of the peanut gallery in the best possible way.

rena: "He's home! He's home! He's home!"

yaaaaay! congratulations to your entire family. it's a great feeling!

By Blogger e3, at 10:06 AM  

Toothpaste isn't really necessary for babes and toddlers. It's more important that you are able to help him brush until he has the dexterity to do it on his own (usually by the time he can tie his shoes). So, if the toothpaste is causing unpleasantness for the lil’ god of warriors, remember, he is also the god of wisdom – he knows that the gooey stuff is probably superfluous.

By Anonymous DrMama, at 11:37 AM  

drmama: "Toothpaste isn't really necessary for babes and toddlers. It's more important that you are able to help him brush until he has the dexterity to do it on his own (usually by the time he can tie his shoes). So, if the toothpaste is causing unpleasantness for the lil’ god of warriors, remember, he is also the god of wisdom – he knows that the gooey stuff is probably superfluous."

we briefly touched on the helping them help themselves tpoic elsewhere ( where it was suggested to wait until 10 (!) before letting them brush by themselves ). i've seen it recommended that toothpaste is not really necessary until a year old ( in which case, it's tough to know whether they mean an year "actual" or a year "adjusted" ) but it seems like you might have a different opinion. any sources to back that up :-) like i said, in the flicr comments, i'm not a pediatric dentist and i don't play one on t.v. so i'm always interested in hearing a variety of thoughts before coming to any conclusions.

By Blogger e3, at 1:56 PM  

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