Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Toothpaste Trauma

Our oldest has always had troubled taste buds. She is a very picky eater. She did have an eating problem as an infant though and was not able to eat food till she was almost 2. The poor child lived on milk and juice. I am saying that so that you understand the following post and do NOT think that she is being manipulative. She can be real mean to her sister, but in general is your typical type A first child. Extremely eager to please. She will even try foods that make her gag just to get 1 chocolate chip. But when it comes to toothpaste we have MAJOR trauma. For awhile, she was fine using Oral B baby stuff. ONLY fruit punch NOT Berry Blast. Then we switched to a toothpaste containing Flouride. She gagged and threw up over several kinds till we found Sponge Bob toothpaste. I cannot remember the flavor but it was NOT Mild Bubble Fruit OR Bubble Gum. But something similar. There were at least 3 variations, but only this one did not send her to the toilet. We were fine with that. UNTIL.... THEY DISCONTINUED THE TOOTHPASTE!!!!!!! Not all of them mind you, JUST the ONE kind she would use happily. Since then, I believe we have spent around $30 on every kind and flavor and registered trademark toothpaste we can find. You see, mint is out. It burns her mouth. Orange makes her cry. Cinnamon, tastes like mint. Strawberry stinks and just the smell makes her start to gag. Tonight we found a flavor that sparkles and is mild mint. Will it work? Doubtful. So, we are back to the overpriced baby Oral B WITHOUT the much needed flouride. What are we to do? It is amazingly funny and very annoying. The only bright spot is that the youngest now has like 30 tubes of toothpaste and thinks she is in Heaven. She brushes her teeth about 5 times a day and uses ALL of the flavors. If anyone has a suggestion, make sure you share it in the comments!

7 comments:

Trinka said...

Could she use one of those flouride mouth rinses, and just live with the over-priced Oral B?

Having fun picturing youngest profiting from oldest's struggles. They are such a funny pair!

Kristen & Cliff said...

Nope. Won't use the mouth rinses.

Luke said...

Have you tried to make your own so you can find something that works for her?

I hear it's cheaper too [smile].

~Luke

Adriane said...

Can you contact who makes the spongebob kind and ask to buy some of the leftovers in bulk.

Kristen & Cliff said...

Great ideas! I will post if any of them work!!!

pmulkey said...

I have always heard of just using baking soda... I don't know how she would feel about the texture of it though.
By the way, I work at Times-News and although I did't work here long before Cliff left, I still love checking in with you guys everyday. I love your posts, and think they are very funny and touching. You have a beautiful family.

Kristen & Cliff said...

Thanks!! I am glad you stop in to read it. I love having it! We are going to try the baking soda and see how it works.