Do you have a hard time getting your kids to brush their teeth? Some kids jump right in and others won’t open their mouth for anything. For potty training we always bribed kids with a treat but that seems rather counter-intuitive for teeth brushing.
We are in the process of transitioning our boys from parent brushing to self-brushing. So this week, I partnered with Orajel™ Kids to bring you some easy ideas to help get your kids excited about brushing their teeth. These are ideas that worked for our family and I hope they make teeth time a little easier for you!
1. Let them Pick Their Own Toothbrush & Toothpaste
If kids can choose their own Toothbrush and Toothpaste they will be much more excited about the teeth brushing routine. We make a special trip to the store to pick them out. It’s not part of our regular shopping. It’s a big to-do. Currently we use Orajel™ Bubble Guppies™ Fluoride Toothpaste & Toothbrushes. My boys love the Bubble Guppies characters so it’s really fun to have Gil and Molly when they brush their teeth.
2. Encourage Them to Brush on Their Own
Our dentist says that the nighttime brush is the most important of the two. I let the boys brush on their own before bed for a bit. Then I go over their teeth again just to be safe. In the morning they are responsible for brushing on their own. They love that they are in charge and that I trust them to do a good job.
3. Brush With Them
Make it a family affair. If you and any older siblings are all brushing together, the littler ones won’t want to feel like they are missing out on the fun. Even if at first he refuses to brush, my younger son, James will always join in the fun if Jack and I are brushing together.
4. Make it Fun
We have lots of ways to make brushing fun. I often let the boys pick a favorite song. We brush with the song. In addition to making it fun, it helps them remember to brush thoroughly. A dentist also came to the boys school one day and told them an elaborate story about Sugar Bugs and how they love to live in your mouth. You have to brush them all away. So at the end of the teeth brushing sessions I always check to make sure they got all the sugar bugs. My three-year-old thinks it’s hysterical and will always brush his teeth a second time if I say I think there is one more Sugar Bug left in his mouth.
5. Compliment Them
My kids love to be praised so when they do a great job brushing their teeth I make a big production of it. “Wow, those might be the whitest teeth I’ve ever seen!” “I’m so proud of you. You did such a great job!” “I can’t believe what a big boy you are brushing your teeth all by yourself!” The following night when they balk at brushing their teeth I always remind them how proud I was and how white their teeth were. They usually are pretty eager to get praises again.
Whether your child is teething, learning to brush, or starting to brush on his own, Orajel Kids has you covered during every stage of oral development. We love Orajel Kids products and have used them every step of the way.
:: About Orajel Kids Products
Currently we use Orajel™ Bubble Guppies™ Fluoride Toothpaste & Toothbrushes. It’s really fun for the boys to have their favorite characters when brushing their teeth. Both my boys love the fruity flavor. Plus I love that it strengths and protects teeth. The toothbrushes are awesome too because they have colored bristles that show kids where to place the toothpaste! (Ages 2 and up)
My younger son just graduated from Orajel™ Training Toothpaste. This is perfect for beginning brushers because it’s Fluoride-Free. That means it’s not the end of the world if they swallow it. There are different kid-friendly flavors and characters. He loved the Thomas & Friends™ one best and was a little sad when he used up the last tube! (Ages 3 months to 2 years)
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*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Orajel™ Kids.