A CONTROVERSIAL mum has defended her decision not to force her kids to brush their teeth, insisting it's their choice if they want to or not.
Adele Allen, who describes herself as the "unconventional mum", took to her YouTube page to share a video explaining why she doesn't try and coerce her kids into following a "normal" teeth brushing regime.
"We do have toothpaste, never toothpaste with fluoride…" she said.
"But we do have a set of toothbrushes for the kids and for ourselves, and toothpaste available, but it’s more something that they watch us do and then choose whether they want to do it or not.
"A lot of, especially home educating parents, find this one a tough one and want to force/co-erce their children into brushing their teeth, with the belief that it is essential to keep their child healthy and their teeth from rotting and falling out."
But with regards to her children's dental health, Adele said: "The eldest has had one or two cavities, mostly on the milk teeth, which do of course fall out anyways.
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"It’s quite controversial not to actively force your kids to brush their teeth but for me, my children have very similar, if not better, dental health than most children who do regularly brush their teeth.
"I’m yet to meet someone who has a regular brushing routine for their kid and that’s prevented cavities or any serious problems."
The children have also not been taken to the dentist either.
Instead, Adele tries to incorporate foods into their diet that will help look after their teeth – such as coconut and parsley to chew on, and various supplements.
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She also looks at the body as a "whole holistic organism" and, as such, believes that each tooth is connected to an organ.
So if a dental problem arises, it's down to an internal problem that needs further investigation.
And when it comes to her own dental health, Adele said she'd had a root canal when she was younger, and had recently decided to have that tooth removed as it kept getting infected.
People in the comments section weren't convinced by Adele's approach, with one writing: "I have brushed my teeth twice a day all my life and have had one filling at 39.
"My partner wasn’t made to brush his teeth and has a mouth full of fillings.
"My children brush twice a day and have never had any cavities at 12 and 8.
"So I don’t think it’s a risk I’d want to take."
NHS advice for children’s teeth brushing
The NHS advises children follow a regular toothbrushing regime, using a fluoride toothpaste, to remove bacteria and plaque that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
It advises to start brushing your child's teeth and gums from the moment their first tooth appears.
The toothpaste you use depends on their age, as they have differing amounts of fluoride.
For children up to the age of six, they should use toothpaste containing no less than 1,000ppm of fluoride, unless advised by a family dentist to use a higher strength one.
For children over seven, use fluoride toothpaste containing between 1,350ppm and 1,500ppm of fluoride.
And children should make sure they brush their teeth for at least two minutes, morning and night, using a timer if necessary.
"Ouch! Do you and your husband brush your teeth?" another asked.
With Adele replying: "Me yes but hubby not as much as he doesn't like feel of bristles….he finds other ways to clean teeth like oil pulling etc."
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