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Giving Your Driveway Some Inspiration for Summer

These days, everyone wants a modern driveway. As times have moved on, the quality finish of these areas has developed alongside the vehicles they hold. Now they’re better than ever before.

Still, while car sales are falling nationwide, this doesn’t mean that everyone with a car wants to scrap or store away their own vehicles! When enough time has passed, the driveway needs a rejig.

Consequently, here’s how to give your driveway some inspiration for summer.

Drivegrid

One of the problems with the gravel driveway is that they can get very messy, very fast. However, the drivegrid was specially designed to maintain a sustainable gravel driveway. The grid uses cells to contain high quantities of angular gravel and can be filled with an impressive 5-16mm of the stuff. Therefore, the driveway will always look in good order and not scarce on stones!

It’s also practical, in that it inhibits weed growth as all good driveways should, with no sudden greenery sprouting from underneath or destabilising the finish. Each individual cell in the grid also allows a smooth running of rainwater, so you don’t have to worry about the gravel-filled grid clogging up in a summer storm. It’ll unnoticeably flow into the ground below, and your pristine gravel finish will remain intact.

Block paving

For a more solid, sturdy and robust result, block paving is likely the option you should go for. You can get 60mm blocks that better fit with the exterior aesthetic of your home due to their colour scheme; such as charcoal, bracken or red. This will give the perimeter of your home a more consistent look, or even a Mediterranean appearance depending on the colours chosen. Some even spruce up their designs further, incorporating blocks to form grey circles within too. If appearances matter to you, block paving is your best bet!

However, block paving also doubles up in a practical sense too. This is because it also acts as a Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS) that complies with new government legislation on keeping driveways clear, safe and efficiently balanced. If you love your summers to be relaxed and care-free (and who doesn’t?) in every regard, then block paving has you covered in the driveway department.

Security placements

Sometimes, the summer brings more than just heatwaves, but crime waves too. There’ve been reported links between summer time and crime, so it could be that you want to keep your driveway on lockdown, especially during the warmer seasons. It’s understandable and even advisable!

For example, you could erect security posts along the perimeter of your drive. They operate in a similar way to bollards in a town centre, deterring people from driving down certain avenues and streets. In your own driveway, they’ll stop car thieves from whizzing away with your vehicles and may deter thieves entirely. Who needs a gate worth thousands of pounds?

Conclusion

Summer is an aesthetic, but equal consideration must be paid to security too. After all, while people like their driveway paving to look appealing and immaculate in all its glory, it’s also important to have a practical frame of mind too. In taking that balance seriously, an excellent summer driveway is assured.

Mum’s Guide to Leasing a Car for the Family

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Car leasing may sound like the perfect option for a family with a tight budget, but it is not the solution for everyone. Continue reading our mum’s guide to leasing a car for the family to see if leasing a vehicle is right for you.

What is the Difference Between Buying a Car and Leasing a Car?

There are some major differences between buying a car and leasing a car. When purchasing a car, you have to pay for the whole price of the car. Payments are made with cash, car loans, trade in of previous vehicles, or a combination of all of these. One of the major differences when leasing a car is that you only pay for the difference between the cost of the vehicle and its expected value at the end of the lease. You’ll also have to pay for interest and fees.

When the lease is over, you will have to return the vehicle to the dealership. You will have no ownership of the car and the leasing company will remain the owners of the title. When leasing a vehicle through a company or dealership there will be limits on how you can drive it and how many miles you can out on it. If you return the vehicle in a lesser condition than what the contract specifies, you can expect to pay some big fines. There will be penalties for breaking a leasing contract so take plenty of time to think about this before deciding to lease your next car.

Is Now the Right Time for a New Car?

Getting a new car is a big step for any family. A vehicle is essential to addressing daily routines, errands and activities. Before you make any decisions, you must first know when it is the right time for you to get a new family car. If the time is now then you should consider looking into whether leasing a car is right for you and your family.

Is Leasing a Car Right for your Family?

Leasing a vehicle is only for people who can handle a long term financial commitment as most leasing options start at a 12-month lease. A leasing contract is best for people who are absolutely sure they will not go over their mileage limit. If you think you need more mileage, you should ask a dealership about a high mileage lease. These contracts will be more expensive and some additional fees. The more miles put onto a car the less the car is worth so you will be paying for that deterioration.

Leasing a car is a great option for families who like to change their car out every few years and for people who are happy without making any modifications to their vehicle. Remember, a leased car does not belong to you, therefore you cannot make any changes to it. That means so tainted windows or paint jobs. No changes to the rims or interior. This also goes for modifications made by children. If your little one spills an apple juice or smears gum in the back seat, there will be extra charges for you at the end of your lease so that the company can make the necessary repairs.

Finally, you will want to make sure that you have good credit before considering leasing a car. If you want the benefit of driving a brand-new car every three years, you will have to keep up on payments. Dealerships will check your credit and previous payment history to see if you are a trustworthy candidate.

If these conditions seem fair to you then you and your family may be a good candidate for leasing a vehicle. If you do decide to lease a car, keep food away from any small children inside the car. Their mess will become your problem.

Caring for Your Vacuum

Vacuum cleaners are a staple in many homes and have been so for decades. This is because they enable their owners to clean their homes with ease and in quicker time. As such, it is practically irreplaceable for many and they are considered a valuable investment.

Vacuum cleaners can run into thousands of pounds in costs, and as such, they need to be properly cared for to avoid damage and constant replacement. Fortunately, caring for a vacuum cleaner is not an overly difficult task, and can be done without much effort. If you are a vacuum cleaner owner who wishes to prolong its lifespan, consider the following steps:

Replace broken parts

While vacuum cleaners should be maintained and kept in good condition, they often get damaged at some point in their lifespan. Should that happen, it would be in your best interest to repair and replace whatever parts have been broken or misplaced.

For example, if a Karcher vacuum part needs to be replaced, look up Karcher spares from a retailer such as Spares2you and replace it as soon as possible. If significant damage has taken place, take your vacuum cleaner to a repair expert and have the issue resolved before more damage takes place.

Use as suggested

One of the most common reasons why vacuum cleaners get damaged in the first place is that they are often used in ways other than their recommended manner. This includes use on surfaces that are advised against, mishandling the various parts of the vacuum cleaner, and improper storage.

For your best interest, read the instruction manual that comes with your vacuum cleaner carefully and only make use of the machine in the way and on the surfaces that have been specified. This will go a long way to make sure that your vacuum cleaner does not get damaged and can serve you for a long time to come.

Clean regularly

While they are designed to help ease the process of cleaning your home, vacuum cleaners also need to be cleaned to prolong their lifespan.

Regularly empty the attached trash bag and wipe the surfaces. Make sure there is no obstruction in their pipes and clean them if any is discovered. If there are any metallic parts of the vacuum cleaner, make sure they are clean and dry at all times to avoid rust damage to them. If all these are observed regularly, the damage is less likely to occur.

Service it regularly

Once a year or so, have your vacuum cleaner taken to a technician who will service and conduct maintenance work on your vacuum cleaner.

This will help to identify and rectify any possible problems with the vacuum cleaner ahead of time to prevent further damage. When you take your vacuum cleaner to your technician, ask for any tips or suggestions they have about maintaining, using, and storing the machine, and be sure to follow any instructions given.

Vacuum cleaners last and serve for a very long time or can fall apart easily depending on how you treat them. Follow the above steps to maintain your vacuum cleaner.

Who Would You Share Your Crisps With? #MustBeWalkers

Who Would You Share Your Crisps With?! Picture the scene – it’s 1996. Euro ’96 is in full swing. Neon clothes and Adidas tracksuits are all the rage, and a group of feisty women called “Spice Girls” are topping the charts with their high-kicking, zig-a-zig-ahh-ing hit ‘Wannabe’. The whole world is thinking about whether David Beckham is going to score, both on the pitch and off with Posh Spice.

It’s the summer between year 7 and year 8, and with a year of senior school under my belt, I think I know everything there is to know about being a grown up. My Nan and Grandad had moved to Lowestoft, but brought their caravan to a site in Essex for the summer, where we’d visit them and spend the day playing outside the caravan. I remember vividly asking if we could listen to the chart show on the radio and dancing to Wannabe with my cousin Laurie, each choosing a Spice Girl to emulate (if I remember rightly it was Baby for me and Sporty for Laurie!).

Nan always made the BEST picnics whenever we went on days out together- homemade ham rolls, cartons of Um Bongo and she’d only ever pack Walkers Crisps. She had very high standards, my Nanny Rene!

Spice Girls music evoke a lot of memories of my early teenage year and this day is one of my favourites. I can’t quite believe that was 23 year ago, and now that my grandparents are no longer with us, it’s all the more precious.

Spice Girls have teamed up with Walkers Crisps, 22 years after the first time, to create a new advert, which you can see here:

Despite his love of Walkers, the Spice Girls superfan jut cannot bring himself to share his crisps. I won’t lie; I’d find it hard to share them too! Aside from the people I love, there are very few people in the world who’d get my Walkers. Here are a few of them:

Jeremy Corbyn

We all know how much I love our Jez, so I’d definitely share my crisps with him, and luckily enough almost all of the Walkers flavours are suitable for vegetarians, so I wouldn’t need to worry about him not eating meat.

Keanu Reeves

Keanu is basically the coolest guy on the planet. As a family, we have a huge fondness for Keanu and he definitely deserves to share my Walkers!

Helen Sharman

Helen was the first British astronaut and the first woman in space. She’s got honorary doctorates from no fewer than 11 universities and she’s a HUGE inspiration to females, especially in the STEM fields. Plus, I bet you can’t get any decent crisps in space!

Who Would You Share Your Crisps With?!

Walkers is looking for a GENUINE Spice Girls superfan – The campaign will run on TV and digital throughout the summer schedule from 2nd June until the 21st July 2019. Check out some of the top entries we from the challenge leading up to the ad premier. For more information visit www.walkers.co.uk/besteverfan.

Here’s How You Secure Your Child’s Financial Future

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We all want our children to grow up and do well in life, and sometimes it’s possible to give them a helping hand with this. For instance, you could help them with their education to make sure that they get a head start. Read to them as often as possible when they are young and encourage them to always do their homework to a good standard once they start to go to school. It’s also worth spending time working on their social skills so that they can grow up into well-rounded and confident individuals. For instance, you might want to sign them up for nursery from an early age or arrange lots of play dates with your friends and relatives who also have children of a similar age.

Of course, it will also pay off if you help your children with finances.

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Start Saving For Them As Soon As They Are Born

One of the best things you can do to ensure that your children have a bright financial future is to start saving some money for them on a regular basis. You don’t have to save too much, but you might be surprised that even a very small amount could quickly add up for your kids. If you just save £10 for them every month from their birth to their eighteenth birthday, then you will be able to save £2160 for them. If you place these savings into a high-interest savings account, then they will also get quite a bit of interest paid onto them over the years, which should help the pot of cash grow even more. You will be allowed to open a bank account for a child as soon as they are born, and it really is something you should think about.

Take Out Some Life Insurance

It’s also a really good idea to take out some life insurance for yourself and your partner. This will help to protect both of your incomes should anything happen to you. For instance, if one of you were to suddenly pass away, then the life insurance will then pay out every month to replace all or part of the monthly income that was being brought into the family. This way, your family wouldn’t also have to deal with any money issues while they were grieving and dealing with the loss.

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Write Your Will

haven’t already, you should also think about making a will. It may not be the most pleasant thing to think about, but it will be super beneficial for your family. In the will, you will state how you want your money and estate divided up between your loved ones in the event of your death. For instance, you can say that you want your money split up equally between your partner and your children. You can also state who will inherit any property that you own. The will will make it a lot easier for everyone once you do pass away. They won’t be able to argue the terms of the will, so there won’t be any debate regarding who gets what. Not only that, though, but it also ensures that your children get what you want them to, as no one will be able to state any claim to what they are due to inherit.

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Think About The Potential Cost Of University

There’s a chance that your kids might want to go university to get a good education in order to further their careers. This is a really good path for them to take, however it can be really expensive. The cost of university has been gradually increasing for the past decade or so, and there is no sign that it will be reduced anytime soon. So, this is going to be an expense that you will need to prepare for. If you can afford to, it’s worth saving up for it as soon your kids are born. You could start a separate savings account for your child alongside one for general savings. This could be a good idea even if your kids decide to not go to university after all – at least they will still have these savings that they could put towards a house deposit or their first car.

Talk To Your Children About Money From An Early Age

As well as making all of these financial preparations for your children, it’s also a good idea to be open with your discussions about money. You should explain why it is so important to save as much money as possible. It’s also necessary to teach them the concept of interest so that they know to always look for the bank accounts that will offer them the best interest rates. Make sure that you talk to your children about various financial products as well, such as loans, credit cards, and investment opportunities.

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Avoid Loans And Credit Cards

You should talk to your children about loans and credit cards so that they are aware of them, but it’s best to try to discourage them from using them once they become financially independent. If they do start to use these kinds of products, they will be a lot more likely to end up accidentally sliding into debt and with huge bills to pay. So, make sure that your kids are aware of the fact that there are some financial products that they need to be wary of.

Give Them A Piggy Bank

Piggy banks may seem quite old fashioned these days, but they are a great resource when you need to teach your kids about the basics of money. They will be able to save up any change that they are given. Eventually, if they leave it for long enough, they will have a nice little pot of money to use however they want. By doing this, it’s a great way to show them just how useful saving money can be.

As you can see, teaching your kids about the basics of good money management can be incredibly easy. This should help secure their financial futures!

 

Help Your Schools to Get Out and Grow!

Here at Mum’s the Word, we’ve been long-time supporters of the Get Out and Grow campaign, pioneered by Sudocrem, in association with Greenfingers charity and Cliffton Nurseries, with the goal of getting children out of the house and into the garden. They sent us some facts which are, quite frankly, a little bit sad..

Despite the fact that 87% of British households have a garden, over half of British children between 4 and 8 are unable to name 5 vegetables or fruits grown in them and 95% were unable to name 3 herbs. Many of those couldn’t identify gardening tools, with only 8% able to identify a trowel, 80% never having seen a rake before and, worrying, 79% believing worms are bad for plants. 

73% of those asked said they had never grown a sunflower, while only 8% had ever picked an apple, which perhaps explains why they’re unable to name even one. Less than 10% had dug up a vegetable and only 6% had ever eaten a fresh pea from the pod. Based on this evidence, it is perhaps unsurprising that only 20% have ever eaten a vegetable they’ve grown themselves.

Sudocrem is now expanding the initiative to include schools, based on the figures that 90% of children said that they would like a garden at school and at one primary school in Lincolnshire, a school garden made all the difference when it came to pupil’s behaviour.

The Benjamin Adlard Primary School, run by headmaster Sam Coy, was previously rated by Ofsted as one of Britain’s worst schools. Four years and one school garden later, and the Gainsborough school has won the national Pearson award for School of the Year: Making a Difference.

Headmaster Coy insists: “The children absolutely love den-building, just generally getting dirty and nature hunts. One child recently told me that he loves going to the forest school on a Tuesday afternoon so much as it helps him to behave all week as he never wants to not be able to go.”

We’re absolutely delighted that Sudocrem is offering people the chance to nominate schools which they think could benefit from their very own gardening kits, and they’ve asked Mum’s the Word to be an ambassador for the project.

All you need to do is comment below the name of the school you wish to nominate and why you think they deserve one of the kits, comprising of gloves, spades, wheelbarrow and much more to get the school’s garden into full bloom. The kits are worth £160, but having the tools to get outside could be worth SO much more to the kids of the school you nominate.

Leave your comment by Sunday 9th of June and we could have the kit sent to the winning school before the summer holiday begin.

(Winner will be chosen by me, prizes will be provided by Satellite PR and sent straight to the winning school, no monetary alternative will be offered, all decisions are final)

Top Things to Consider When Setting Up an E-Commerce as a Full Time Parent

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Looking for a way to earn income as a full-time parent? Starting an online shop could be a great idea.

Being a full-time parent is a job within itself. So, how can you find the time to look after the kids and set up an e-commerce business? It may be tough, but it’s definitely doable. To help get you started, below you’ll discover the top things to consider when setting up an e-commerce as a full-time parent.

Focusing on the right things

There’s a lot to do when setting up an e-commerce business. From deciding what you’re going to sell, to setting up the shop, finding stock and generating customers; with so much to do, it’s easy to focus on the wrong things. For example, you may want to offer numerous new product lines. However, when you’re just getting started it’s a much better idea to focus on just one product line.

The delivery process

The delivery process is one of the most important factors in your business. Customers today don’t want to wait days for delivery. So, you’re going to need to make sure you’re offering several delivery options, and that you have a good system in place to deal with orders quickly.

Using a courier app, such as the one offered by Parcel2go can help you to get orders out quickly and easily. It’s crucial you choose a courier you can rely on.

Automate parts of your business

One thing that’s really going to help you when you’re just starting out, is automating parts of the business. There are a lot of tools out there which can help you to automate numerous parts of your e-commerce store.

As you’ll be using social media to build up your brand, you might want to consider using an automated application such as Hootsuite. These enable you to schedule posts in advance. You can also automate email marketing and potentially orders if you use Shopify’s clever apps.

Setting up a business as a full-time parent is challenging. However, if you follow the tips above, it will give you the best start, helping to increase the chances of your e-commerce store’s success. Make use of weekends and evenings to focus on the business when the kids are asleep. Running an e-commerce store as a busy parent isn’t going to be a 9-5 job!

Looking for a way to earn income as a full-time parent? Starting an online shop could be a great idea.

Being a full-time parent is a job within itself. So, how can you find the time to look after the kids and set up an e-commerce business? It may be tough, but it’s definitely doable. To help get you started, below you’ll discover the top things to consider when setting up an e-commerce as a full-time parent.

Focusing on the right things

There’s a lot to do when setting up an e-commerce business. From deciding what you’re going to sell, to setting up the shop, finding stock and generating customers; with so much to do, it’s easy to focus on the wrong things. For example, you may want to offer numerous new product lines. However, when you’re just getting started it’s a much better idea to focus on just one product line.

The delivery process

The delivery process is one of the most important factors in your business. Customers today don’t want to wait days for delivery. So, you’re going to need to make sure you’re offering several delivery options, and that you have a good system in place to deal with orders quickly.

Using a courier app, such as the one offered by Parcel2go can help you to get orders out quickly and easily. It’s crucial you choose a courier you can rely on.

Automate parts of your business

One thing that’s really going to help you when you’re just starting out, is automating parts of the business. There are a lot of tools out there which can help you to automate numerous parts of your e-commerce store.

As you’ll be using social media to build up your brand, you might want to consider using an automated application such as Hootsuite. These enable you to schedule posts in advance. You can also automate email marketing and potentially orders if you use Shopify’s clever apps.

Setting up a business as a full-time parent is challenging. However, if you follow the tips above, it will give you the best start, helping to increase the chances of your e-commerce store’s success. Make use of weekends and evenings to focus on the business when the kids are asleep. Running an e-commerce store as a busy parent isn’t going to be a 9-5 job!

5 Habits To Change For A Healthier Summer

With summer almost here, it’s all about spending time with family and friends, enjoying the sunshine, going out for trips to the seaside and having as much fun as you can. However, 2019 should be the year you aim to be at your very healtiest, so here are a few tips to help you have a healthy Summer.

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Touch everything once

This means that instead of doing the cooking and leaving the washing up in the sink until later, do it right then, right there, and it’s done, meaning you have more time to do other things, things you really want to do. Use the frying pan – clean the frying pan – touch everything once! By putting things off, you’re cluttering up your mind with things ‘to do’ raising your stress levels and worrying about things that don’t need to be thought about at all. Or perhaps you’ve got clothes to put away, you’ve taken the clean clothes upstairs and left it on the bed to do later….STOP!! Do it now, and then it’s done so you can go and play with the kids, make yourself a lovely home cooked meal or go on a trip out somewhere.

Quit smoking

Something most smokers aim to do at some point but keep putting off to another time. By stopping smoking you will not only be saving yourself money, but you’ll also feel better within yourself, you’ll smell better and reduces the chance of you getting smokers likes – https://www.siobeauty.com/blogs/news/smokers-lines has a few tips to help get rid of any that may already be in place.

Sleep

Although making sure you have 8 hours sleep a night is important, sleeping in until lunchtime at the weekend isn’t healthy and such a waste of life! By getting to sleep at a decent time, it means you get more out of the day – time to go out with friends, see family or have some ‘you’ time. Turn off your phone an hour before you go to bed and don’t watch tv, try reading a book instead to help your brain switch off.

Take-Aways

Ditch the takeaways and junk food. One ‘simple’ and quick way to make yourself so much healthier this Summer. Most of the time, takeaways don’t fill you up for long anyway and won’t taste as great as you think they will.

Hydration

Did you know the average female should be drinking at least 2 litres of water a day to maintain their bodies an in hotter weather, it should be even more than this. However, on average in the UK we aren’t drinking anywhere near what we should be. This will lead to headaches and sun-stroke early on, but more importantly, this could lead to further and more serious problems. So make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day. Also, one thing to note is NEVER to drink water that has been left out in the sunshine in a plastic bottle as the heat from the sun can mean some of the chemicals in the plastic disperse into your water.

 

6 Ways Technology Can Make Your Life Easier

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Everyone needs a little help every now and then and what better way to get it than using technology in your everyday life. Most people have a phone these days, and these devices are just like a mini computer in their own right, so there’s no excuse to utilise it to make your life a little easier. It’s not only phones that can help either, as the selection of home gadgets and smart devices is also changing the way we live and carry out daily tasks.

If you’re looking to utilise technology to make things easier, check out these top ways to do just that.

Make payments securely

In the old days, you used to have to go into the bank to get money out or pay people, but in modern society, even cash machines are starting to disappear too. That’s where technology takes over. It’s never been easier to pay securely for a range of products and services with the click of a button on your mobile device. Apps are making it simple to buy things and get them delivered within days. Plus you can pay friends and family in an instant if you need to split the bill at dinner.

Watch the latest TV series and movies

Long gone are the days of waiting forever for films to come out on DVD, as now you can access the latest movies and TV series right from the comfort of your own home. It’s easy to set everything up from a smart TV or on your computer, and you can find out how to get favourite shows on Netflix on your Mac here: https://setapp.com/how-to/watch-netflix-offline-legally-on-mac.

Get fit at home

Want to get fit but don’t have the time to go to the gym! Well, you can do all your workouts from the comfort of your own home on your lunch break with the range of apps and videos on YouTube that take you through the steps and techniques. If you prefer running, you can also download helpful guides on how to complete different runs depending on if you just want to get off the couch or want to test your stamina in a marathon.

Find your way around

Once upon a time, a trusty map would get us from A to B, but now in the innovation of modern technology, our phone can guide us around with ease. It’s not just great for using in the car either, as if you hunting for a shop in a town you don’t know, or are exploring a new city, a GPS app can guide through the streets to find your destination. You can also ask your phone for the nearest bank, supermarket or café plus a range of other spots to find the fastest route for your needs.

Control your home

You can now control a host of things in your home with technology too. Everything from appliances to your heating and lights can be turned on and off with your smart devices, which is ideal if you want to monitor elements such as energy usage. There are also lots of smart devices such as Siri and Alexa, who can just play you some music when you need it. Plus you can integrate them into your other smart devices and turn lights on when you come into a room or switch the TV on etc.

Secure your home

Home security is a priority for many families and technology can give you extra peace of mind whether you’re at home or away for the holidays. Installing cameras inside your property that are connected to the WiFi offers you visibility in each room it’s set up in. There are also options to set alerts if motion is detected and you can log in on your smartphone app and look directly into your house from your phone. Another use for these types of cameras is for pet-watching. If you have to leave your beloved pooch at home while you’re at work, it can be worrying for the both of you. So setting up a camera will enable you to watch them throughout the day, and some devices allow you to talk through them, which can help if they have decided that it might be fun to nibble on the furniture.

Technology makes it super easy to get organised and feel more secure in your home. By utilising a range of home and mobile tech options, you will be able to get places faster, get organised more efficiently and have extra peace of mind for your family.

How to Make Your Teeth Last

If you have kids, you might be already teaching them about the importance of looking after their dental hygiene, and take them for checkups. Unfortunately, when we get busier and our daily schedules change, our oral hygiene routine will change. Neglecting your teeth can cost you a fortune, so it is important that you choose long lasting solutions and focus on prevention first. Below you will find a few tips on how to look after your family’s oral hygiene at every age.

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Regular Routine

From an early age, you should teach your kids to brush their teeth every morning and night, as a minimum. Even if they are going for a school trip or on a sleepover, you will need to ensure that you are checking on them and remind them to look after their teeth. Every habit takes long weeks, if not months to stick, so it is important that you are taking responsibility for providing the right guidance to your kids.

Choosing The Right Brush and Toothpaste

It is not enough to just brush regularly; you might want to ask your dentist which brush and toothpaste to use. You might have teeth that are too close, or suffer from infections, bone issues that will prevent you from making the most out of a regular dental routine. If your teeth get stained or you suffer from plaque, you might need a special treatment and a hygienic intervention.

Flossing

Many people underestimate the importance of flossing. It might be making your oral hygiene routine a few seconds longer, but it is definitely less painful than a descaling treatment or a bleeding gum or tooth. You will, however, need to find the right type of dental floss, and your dentist can certainly help you with choosing one.

Early Orthodontics Assessments

If you want your kids to have a perfect smile, you might want to get them to have a dental assessment and a referral to the orthodontics clinic. Under a certain age, the treatment is free or pretty cheap, and there is nothing more valuable you can give your kids than the confidence to smile. If you miss the opportunity, you will never forgive yourself.

Long Term Solutions

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It is also crucial that you focus on the long term solutions. For example, you might get a denture for cheap, and it will be OK for a while, but maintaining it will be hard, not to mention the lack of comfort. Instead, you can get some strong and long lasting dental implants that will last for decades and feel like you haven’t even broken a tooth at all. If your child breaks a front tooth, you don’t want them to live with it for the rest of their lives: get  a professional technician to restore their smile.

If you want your teeth to last for a lifetime, you will need to make the most out of the checkups and preventive measures. It is your responsibility to teach your kids how to look after their teeth.