We all know how important dental health is for adults and this is no exception for when it comes to our kids! Starting young and teaching the right techniques is a must for helping to install healthy dental habits for our kids whole lives. If your kids are anything like mine then you’ve probably witnessed your child’s special teeth-brushing technique: a giant glob of toothpaste, 10 seconds of brushing and a huge mess at the end. It may be over quickly, but it doesn’t get the job done. Instead, your little ones needs to know how to brush properly, to remove plaque and get rid of cavity-causing bacteria- and these 5 tips for making teeth brushing a breeze can help to make it a fun job too!
The American Dental Association recommends that everyone, including kids, brushes their teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush and some ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste. The size and shape of your brush should fit your mouth allowing you to reach all areas easily, so you should check with your child’s dentist on which size is right for them. You should also replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed because a worn toothbrush won’t do a good job of cleaning your teeth! Knowing these facts, these 5 tips can make teeth brushing more fun for your kids:
Make it easy for them
Eventually the goal is for your kids to learn to brush their teeth without your help- no child wants to go off to college needing mom to help brush their teeth!!! In order to help your kids to learn to brush on their own is to set them up for success by making it easy for them. Be sure your child can reach everything with he help of a stool and has easy access to the faucet, their toothbrush, toothpaste and a hand towel. Little things like the Firefly Spider-Man Anticavity Fluoride Rinse with it’s simple pump and own cup, makes it easy for kids to get the right amount of mouthwash for them all by themselves!
Make it fun for them
Making teeth brushing fun will make this daily chore feel less like a chore and more an activity that your child looks forward to doing. Picking products with their favorite characters on them and toothbrushes that are bright and fun colors and ones that light up will have your kids begging to brush their teeth! We love the Firefly Kids Star Wars Kylo Ren Light Saber Toothbrush since it not only lights up and blinks but also talks to you. Who wouldn’t want to brush with a mini light saber??
Get them involved
The ADA recommends kids and adults brush for at least 2 minutes twice a day so be sure to use some of that time is used to let them brush and also partly for you to be sure they did it well. I like to let my kids start brushing and then I finish- this way, they feel involved but I am sure they are not missing spots that can cause cavities or problems later.
Your kids probably don’t realize that their teeth brushing technique doesn’t work, simply because they haven’t seen it done in front of them. By letting them practice on a doll or stuffed animal they can see the right way to brush. Playing dentist can help teach them the right way. Grab a favorite toy (preferably one with hard, plastic teeth) and a clean toothbrush and pretend the doll is going to the dentist for the first time. While the doll lies back on a pillow, you can pretend to examine its teeth and talk about proper toothbrushing. The ADA recommends using short back-and-forth strokes directly at the gumline, so start there. Give your child the chance to “play dentist,” reminding him or her to brush the fronts and backs of the doll’s teeth. Practicing good technique on a teddy bear’s teeth will encourage them to use the same method on their own.
Use technology to your advantage
One of the biggest challenges to getting your kids to brush on their own is they don’t realize how LONG to brush for. By using toothbrushes that light up or by using an app on their tablet, you can teach them to brush for two minutes so they don’t miss any spots in their mouth!
By using fun products that star characters they love and teaching them the right technique, your kids will be well on their way to learning to brush on their own without fighting you- or hopefully without a major mess. For your chance to win some of these super fun Firefly products, stop by their Facebook page where one lucky grand prize winner will win a trip for a family of four to the movie capital of the world: Hollywood!
What are your favorite tricks for brushing teeth with your kids?
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