A Sugar Bug On My Tooth: Children’s Book Review
National Children’s Dental Health Month
I am so happy to review A Sugar Bug On My Tooth. As a newish mom who is just experiencing visits to the dentist with my toddler and caring for my step daughter’s teeth, oral health is important to me. Unfortunately, like the main character of the book Natalie Jean I too had a few sugar bugs in my teeth as a child. I’m happy to say with excellent oral hygiene and consistent visits to my dentist, I have not developed any more sugar bugs in my teeth.
A Sugar Bug On My Tooth is written by Dr. Linda Sturrup, a dentist and author who is passionate about opening up the discussion on oral health in children. The book is a great for helping parents put their young children’s minds at ease when going for a dental checkup. I know more than a handful of adults (family included) who are afraid of the dentist. Those fears lead to oral health issues and they also don’t set a good example for children. Reading this book with my toddler and my 8 year old was a fun way to show how much fun it is to go to the dentist and how important it is to take care of our teeth. My toddler is still adjusting to visiting the dentist but the 8 year-old enjoys her visits. Just last week she told me “the dentist said you have to change my toothbrush every 3 days.” Of course I laughed and corrected her explaining the dentist said every 3 months.
CDC Facts About Oral Hygiene
- Nearly half of all children ages 2 to 5 have never been to the dentist
- 42% of children age 2 to 11 have had dental cavities on their primary teeth
- Research suggests that the inflammation from periodontal, or gum disease puts one at a greater risk for diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and heart disease
Brushing time is a fun time in our home. Sugar Plum Z (the two year old) gets a kick out of brushing her tongue and spitting. We have our own version of the Brush your teeth song which she knows by heart. Don’t skip the song folks, it’s super important. Sugar Plum Z is adamant about brushing her teeth in the mornings before starting our day and in the evenings before bedtime.
Tips For Children’s Oral Health
- Children should have their teeth brushed as soon as the teeth appear
- Baby bottle tooth decay can be caused by baby formula, milk and juice sitting against the teeth
- Children should begin regular dental visits at age 1 or by six months after their teeth appear
- After the first visit, parents should schedule regular visits every six months or as their dentist recommends
This book is an excellent addition to your child’s library. You can purchase it in paperback or e-book formats at www.asugarbugonmytooth.com in English and Spanish. You can also find it online at Amazon, Author House, Barnes & Noble and Books A Million.
We are also giving away one copy of A Sugar Bug On My Tooth to one lucky Fab Haute Mama fan. Enter to win here:
When was your child’s last visit to the dentist? If you don’t have an appointment scheduled, make one today.