I’ll be the first to admit that getting the kids to brush their teeth can be a challenge. But I also know how important oral hygiene for kids is! Still, it can be a battle. Can you blame them? Who wants a stick with bristles shoved around their mouth without your consent?
Here are some tips to make oral hygiene for kids easier:
Even those baby buds can get cavities, so get your little one used to having their teeth/gums brushed with a SOFT bristled brush as early as 6 months (talk to your pediatrician)
Brush with them.
Let’s be honest, kids want to do what we’re doing, so brushing and flossing your own teeth next to them will make it easier for them to want to brush their teeth.
This is how we get teeth brushed in our house. I don’t know how we came up with it, but we have this silly song we’ve been singing for about 4 1/2 years now. It must be effective, because the kids sing along (with a mouth full of toothpaste suds).
Not a singer? Make a game of it. Brush away the dinosaurs, the tigers, the sharks – whatever you can think of. It might be a challenge to brush the teeth of a giggling child, but chances are they will let you keep brushing.
Have them help.
My kids dentist suggested letting them brush their teeth in the morning, and then I brush them at night. It allows them to feel confident but still allows you to make sure to eradicate all food and plaque.
Get an awesome toothbrush.
Whether it has My Little Pony, Hello Kitty or Lightening McQueen on it, a cool toothbrush makes oral hygiene for kids a lot more fun. Or get one of those musical toothbrushes, or one that they can put stickers on it. The point is, make it fun!
Read books or go online!
Lots of your kids favorite characters have books or videos about brushing teeth! If you’re having challenges, consider those tools. And don’t worry about the screen time, brushing their teeth is way more important!
Just like potty training, I’m not above sticker charts. Consider offering a reward after a week or month of good teeth brushing behavior.
The benefits of chewing sugarfree gum like Orbit® for kids includes cleaning the mouth of food debris and stimulation of saliva flow, which helps to protect teeth by reducing the plaque acids and strengthening teeth.
By using Orbit® for Kids gum as a complement to brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash, parents have another fun way to help protect their kids teeth.
We’ve added Orbit® Gum for Kids to our dental routine. I’m hoping it will help with my kids oral health and maybe we’ll even get some bubble blowing champions out of it! Chewing gum will be a great solution for when we can’t brush their teeth right away!
As with any medical advice, please consult your child’s pediatrician or dentist if you have concerns about their oral health. The information in this post is not to be considered professional advice.
What tips do you have for oral hygiene for kids?
I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Orbit for Kids. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.