I am diligent with a selective amount of tasks when it comes to the kids – oral care is one of them. Of course, I can’t do it alone and eventually they need to be able to do it themselves so it’s been super important for me to establish a routine.
So anyhow, my niños have the most amazing teeth – and I mean it in the most non-bragging kind of way. They inherited their super straight teeth from the hubster and I’m doing everything I can to keep them healthy, shiny and in the long run, save time and money on braces.
I’ve learned a few tips that have helped me keep their teeth nice and healthy. I’m sharing them with the hopes that you’ll tell me one or two tips to keep them interested in healthy teeth as they grow up.
Which way should you brush your teeth?
Aim the bristles on your toothbrush at the gum line at a 45-degree angle and brush in a circular motion. Do not brush side-to-side. It’ll ruin your enamel.
What kind of toothpaste should kids use?
Use a fluoride toothpaste (you know, the ones with the fun characters on the tube?) and use a small, pea-size amount of toothpaste if they’re two years and older. If under two, consider using non-flouride toothpaste, just in case they swallow it.
What kind of toothbrush should kids use?
It’s important to have the right toothbrush to be more effective when brushing their teeth. Babies can start off with the thumb brushes that fit over your finger. Toddlers should have toothbrushes that have wide, easy-to-grip handles, small, narrow heads and soft bristles. The older kids should have toothbrushes that have slightly longer handles which, by now, they should be able to use thanks to their improved coordination. The heads on these toothbrushes will also be larger to accommodate growing mouths and teeth.
How can I make brushing time more fun?
It’s hard for kids to get excited over brushing their teeth, and those musical toothbrushes get expensive – fast. So we rely on a toothbrushing playlist that I created using some of our favorite songs that talk about brushing your teeth. It’s fun, upbeat and it keeps the kids distracted for three minutes.
How can I make flossing fun for kids?
My favorite way to floss my kids’ teeth is by using the Waterpik Aquarius Professional Water Flosser because it’s the easiest, most effective and fun way to floss. It also happens to be the most advanced water flosser ever.
We’ve been using a Waterpik Water Flosser since 2011 when they looked like this.
In 2011, my oldest was three years old. And that’s when we started using the water flosser. He loved it from the get go. The new Waterpik Aquarius Professional is even better than the old version because it has the on/off water control on the handle that makes it easier to use and less of a mess. It also has an added water flossing mode – massage, in addition to the regular floss mode. The new model also has 7 water flosser tips and thankfully, they kept the tip storage under the lid. Makes everything so much neater.
In addition to making flossing more fun, the Waterpik Aquarius Professional water flosser is also clinically proven to improve gum health, versus just using string floss. It’s like giving your teeth a run through a waterfall. By the end of your session, it leaves your mouth feeling incredibly fresh and clean.
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Taking care of your kid’s teeth, and establishing good oral care habits is something that all of us mamás struggle with. Having the right equipment makes it easy for us to set up a good routine and make the dentist visits more pleasant. What tips have you found make tooth brushing time easier and more fun?
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Waterpik.