I am one of those odd people that find going the dentist a refreshing and exciting appointment every six months. I think this is why my own kids love the dentist. But for many kids, dental visits and oral hygiene habits are a struggle. So today I’ve partnered with some great brands to share some fun ways to get kids’ teeth clean. So they can begin to view the dentist as a fun place, and not a torture chamber!
Fun ways to get kids’ teeth clean
1. Get kids excited about their teeth!
We all started out great when our babies got that first tooth, right? After the succession of nineteen more baby teeth – the novelty wore off. So by the time kids have their first dentist visit (probably around age 2-3 although some recommend going in much earlier), having a doctor stare into their mouth with scary-looking instruments is… well, overwhelming. So, make a big deal about teeth for kids as they grow.
Start a big, happy conversation about kids’ teeth, by reading lots of books about teeth and the dentist. I love our Usborne board book How to Brush Your Teeth with Snappy Croc for preschoolers. Fun and rhythmic with lots of onomatopoeia sounds, it gives kids a fun view of toothbrushing and introduces them to this important daily routine! When kids start losing baby teeth, read Throw Your Tooth on the Roof, which shares cultural tales of what kids do with their teeth after they fall out! Reading is all part of starting a positive attitude towards teeth and oral hygiene. Check out these books:
2. Use a toothbrush timer and coach them along
Use a toothbrush timer or brushng coach to teach kids the steps needed to brush teeth correctly.
Check out this video of the Brushy Ball in action (no longer available, but so cute I am leaving it here).
3. Choose a great toothpaste
We’ve been enjoying My Magic Mud, a natural, activated charcoal toothpaste. My Magic Mud is fluoride-free and chock-full of natural ingredients that clean, polish and whiten teeth. Like coconut oil, bentonite clay, essential oils, and diatomaceous earth! This toothpaste is non-GMO, non-gluten, non-toxic, and has no foaming agents, no triclosan, no sls, and no glycerin. The best part is that it’s black! When you brush your teeth, your teeth will be black from the activated charcoal! My youngest said I looked like Grendal from Beowulf!! The great part about this is that kids will learn to completely brush their teeth because they’ll see the black where any toothpaste is leftover, and want to brush that off! The color rinses off easily as well.
My Magic Mud is available at mymagicmud.com, Amazon, and at natural stores and many other home goods retailers like Bed Bath & Beyond.
4. Finish with fun flossers
My oldest’s first dentist visit as a toddler revealed four cavities! Yikes! All his cavities were between the teeth, proving flossing is essential for even little ones! Plackers kids ‘flossers makes flossing fun with their fruit smoothie swirl flavored flossers in exciting neon colors.
- Each flosser has dual grip points for different ages to be comfortable using the flosser.
- The angled head lets kids (or grown ups) easily reach those back teeth and the hi-tech floss (multi-filament) cleans more tooth surface and gently slides between even tight teeth.
- The Plackers Flosser Friend keeps flossing front and center on your bathroom counter! Kids will love reaching in to grab a flosser from this guy’s cheerful smile!
- For older kids and teens, Plackers Micro Mint flossers are handy for keeping breath fresh and promoting healthy habits while they’re at school and sports! Plus, kids with braces need the handy toothpick included on these flossers.
Plackers flossers are available at Walmart and online at www.plackers.com
Since our smiles influence our self-confidence (google that – lots of articles!), and poor oral hygiene is linked to at least six other health conditions, it’s so important to start kids early with good dental habits! Getting kids to take care of their teeth requires patience, intentional teaching, and a little bit of fun! Create a routine that reminds kids to brush, set them up with the right tools, and help kids care for their teeth in an exciting and positive way.
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