Thursday, October 4, 2007

PARENTS OF TODDLERS FACE HEALTH RISK

At 8 am Thursday morning, both Maren and Brad Cupit sat in the dental office at 2 different locations. It turns out that both parents have been grinding and/or clenching their teeth lately, resulting in worn down enamel for Brad and a little jaw discomfort for Maren.

Brad's dentist asked explained that this condition happens usually in three different scenarios. 1. Misaligned bite 2. Trauma to the head 3. Stress. While his bite is pretty decent, Brad is 2 for 3.

Maren's dentist asked if she had been in a car accident in the last 5 years. "Yes." He then asked if she was under any stress in the past few months. She couldn't help but smile. He said, "what do you do for a living?" He looked just a little confused when she said she stayed at home. Then he asked how old her children were. Upon learning that she takes care of a 3 year old and a 20 month old, he seemed to understand. He also asked about exercise. Well, this certainly is an area for improvement. Ever since Jazzercise shut down a few months ago, scheduled exercise has been neglected.

Brad's dentist recommended a special contraption for his teeth to wear at night to prevent further damage. Maren's dentist recommended a lifestyle change. Hmmm, add exercise and tell the kids to fast forward a few years? Maybe adding the right amount of exercise will allow both parents to relax...just a little!

4 comments:

Stacy Hutchinson said...

That is classic! Hmm, could you just escape to a tropical paradise?

Nicole said...

I have been working out at least 5 hours a week and it is a miracle how much stress has been eliminated. If you have a Y close to you, I would join immediately. It is great; you can put the kids in their child care center for up to 2 hours so you can work out and maybe sit by the pool if yours is outdoor. Again, I must add...GO GATORS!

jessica and bart said...

jazzercise closed down? whoa! that is crazy.
as for your teeth...i think time machines aren't all that bad of an idea.

Margo said...

Oh my goodness :) I think I need the same medicine! The Y might just be the least expensive babysitter and prescription ever.