Go brush your teeth!
Did you brush your teeth?
How many times do I have to tell you to BRUSH YOUR TEETH!
I know I’m not the only parent out there that says one of these three things at least once a day. The fight to get your kids to brush their teeth seems to be a never ending one. I really don’t know what the big deal is, but the kids hate doing it.
Did you know that over 50% of children will have some tooth decay by age 5? Mia and Ethan both have already. Did you know that oral infection is the leading chronic disease in kids? Pretty crazy huh! Because of this, and because Valentine’s Day and Easter (read: more candy than the kids need, but they’ll eat it all anyways) are right around the corner, I thought would be a good time to share some tips that can help you get your kids to brush their teeth. You’ll still have to beg them to do it, but at least you can make this necessary task a bit more fun.
Tips To Get Your Kids To Brush Their Teeth
Make It A Game
Give the kids a prize (sticker, dime, whatever) each time they brush their teeth without a reminder. Have a who can brush their teeth best contest. Teach them to brush like a choo-choo train (in big circles) and then make train noises while they brush. Find a song they love and have them dance while they brush. If they brush for a specific time frame (30 days) without complaint, get them a bigger prize, maybe a trip to the ice cream store or movie rental on TV. Stay up for an extra 5 minutes any time they brush without a reminder. You get the idea.
Let Them Pick Their Own Toothbrush and Toothpaste
There are lots of toothbrushes out there with the kids’ favorite characters and bright colors. Let the kids pick their own toothbrushes. The girls found some design-your-own toothbrushes that came with different stickers they could put on them. That was definitely a win for mom because they wanted to use them since they made them.
Kids are brushing the right way when they create a lot of bubbles, so encourage it! Hold a bubble-making contest with the kids to see who can make the most bubbles.
And here are just a few more things to remember when you get your kids to brush their teeth:
· Fluoride is an anti-cavity active ingredient available in over-the-counter (OTC) products that helps prevent tooth decay and cavities. Visit OTC Safety for more information about fluoride.
· Fluoride-containing products are typically not recommended for children under the age of 2.
· Children under the age of 6 should use a pea-sized amount of paste or gel to minimize swallowing.
· Children under the age of 6 should be supervised in order to develop good brushing and rinsing habits and to minimize product swallowing.
What tricks do you use to get your kids to brush their teeth?
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