'Toddlers & Tiaras' Raises Important Question About Toddlers & Teeth

toddler teeth bleachingWhen it comes to your toddler's teeth, which kind of parent are you? A) Flippers all the way; B) teeth whitening rules; or C) what the hell are flippers and can't you go to jail or something for putting bleach in your child's mouth? 

Hopefully, you answered C, and if so, just so you know, flippers are fake teeth for children. And yes, there are parents who choose both A and B for their children. Not because their children have been disfigured or have unfortunate dental issues, but rather so they'll look better when it comes to competing in baby beauty pageants, like those on Toddlers & Tiaras.

While flippers are old hat on the show, on tonight's episode we met a mom who talks about the virtues of toddler teeth whitening.


I bleach my children's teeth at least once a week, whether we have a pageant coming up or not .... There's no harm in bleaching their teeth. As long as you use something the children can stand the taste of, you're all right.

This is followed by her 8-year-old daughter, Alaska, saying, "Please, no! The teeth whitening stuff tastes terrible!" In disbelief? Take a look for yourself at this clip.

"Flippers are silly because you're literally altering what God gave you." Did she really say that? Flippers just actually fit over the real teeth, bleaching BLEACHES their teeth.

Sigh. This show just makes me so sad, and now we have another torture method to add to the heap these sorry moms make their children undergo like fake tans and body waxing. I'm not even sure which one is the worst, and it hurts my brain too much to really give it much thought. I just can't imagine how parents think these things are okay to do to children. Besides the physical pain and potential harm, the message they're sending their children -- that this is what's important -- is heartbreaking.

Would you ever bleach your child's teeth? What do you think is worse, making a child fake tan, undergo body waxing, or bleach their teeth?

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