Raise your hand if you have a tough time getting your kids to drink enough water?! Both my hands are raised, and since we live in Colorado, it’s super important that my kids not only get enough water, but also get water without lots of added sugar!
My kids inherited my husband’s looks and my bad teeth which means they are incredibly susceptible to cavities, just like I am. When my youngest was 5 we took him to the dentist for the first time and he had over 10 cavities. That translated to over $5,000 in dental bills and lots of tears for my little guy. I learned very quickly to start early with better dental hygiene – in fact, you’re supposed to take your child to the dentist for the first time within six months of the first tooth erupting. It has paid off big time with my 3 younger kids! They have had less cavities since we have learned better oral health.
Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation is partnering with me to get the word out about the “Cavities Get Around” campaign. Did you know fruit juice has almost as much sugar as soda? I never gave our kids soda, and I thought for the longest time that juice was the better option. Little did I know, that was the biggest factor in contributing to my oldest sons 10 cavities! It turns out, sugar from juice sitting on teeth is a huge problem, because bacteria feed on the sugar to make acid that eats through thin baby tooth enamel.
I also thought for the longest time that even if my kids got cavities, they could be fixed or would fall out anyway, so they weren’t that important right?! Well my oldest with the 10 cavities, is now in his 1st phase of braces because he had so many teeth pulled as a child. Then in a few more years he will get his 2nd set of braces to correct a problem we could have potentially avoided by offering him more water and less juice. I wish you could have seen my face when the orthodontist told me how much 2 sets of braces was going to cost!
So today I came up with a fun drink recipe to get your kids to drink more water and less sugary drinks! Not only does drinking water eliminate the sugary drink problem, it also helps rinse teeth clean of any sugar that is sitting on them. I call it “Jack Frost in a Glass”, or you can call it “Iceberg Water”. It looks so fun, they will will gulp it in down a second!
All you need is:
1 quart of water
Blue and green food coloring
First you fill up your pitcher with water. Add 4 drops of blue and 2 drops of green food coloring and stir.
Next, get your glasses and wet the rim. Then put some coconut on a plate and dip the glass into the coconut and cover the rim.
In a blender, crush up the ice (or use crushed ice from your fridge, if your fridge is the kind that makes crushed ice.) And for these unbreakable glasses, you can get them on amazon here!
Pour the blue water into the cup, being careful not to splash onto the coconut on the rim off the glass. Add ice and enjoy!
Remember, when you don’t take care of baby teeth, it sets up children for a lifetime of problems. Healthy baby teeth mean healthy adult teeth!
For more information about this campaign and to learn more about how to take care of your kids teeth, check out CavitiesGetAround.com.