This post and party were sponsored by ACT Kids Toothpaste but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Despite how diligent I am about making sure my children practice proper dental hygiene, it hasn’t always been an easy journey and there is always room for improvement. I never had problems with making sure my oldest kept up with brushing each morning and every evening, it was a simple routine that she never fussed over. Then came my strong willed son whom insisted that he be the only one to put a toothbrush anywhere near his mouth. If he even caught a glimpse of me with a toothbrush in my hand, he automatically assumed I was coming to brush his teeth and would run off screaming and crying. Then once we finally figured out a good approach to get him to brush properly, my two year old suddenly decided she was in complete control of her dental care…
According to a recent survey, nearly 4 in 10 moms (35%) say getting their kids to brush their teeth is one of their most frustrating daily battles, in line with convincing their kids to eat their vegetables (38%) and putting their kids to bed (40%).* Yes, the challenges of getting your kids to be more cooperative about brushing can be frustrating, but not impossible! Here are so simple ways to get your kids excited about brushing their teeth
The first step is to find kid friendly dental hygiene products that they will love. ACT Kids Toothpaste is now available for kids ages 2 years and older in both bubble gum and fruit punch flavors! New ACT Kids Toothpaste is available at a variety of retail locations, including select Walmart, Walgreens, and Target locations. Make sure to grab your ACT Kids savings coupon before heading to the store.
Buy timers to encourage them to brush long enough. This is one step that my children really struggle with and getting them to brush the proper amount of time use to be tricky. Once we added some adorable tooth themed timers to the mix, they actually looked forward to brushing and keeping track of how long they were brushing!
Keeping your children involved is critical for success and one of the ways you will master the art of getting them to brush their teeth. Allowing them to pick out their own toothbrush is a great place to start, it allows them to feel in control and active in their dental care.
Having a toothbrush chart is also another way to get your children excited about brushing! Giving them something to earn or look forward to, whether it be a new toy or a trip to their favorite place, giving them something to work towards is a great incentive!
You can also head to the dollar store and fill a basket full of prizes for them to choose from once they complete their chart. If you have a lengthier chart like the one pictured above, you can always break rewards down into a weekly basis.
Educating your children about proper dental hygiene in a fun way is a great way to get the message across without feeling to preachy. We love this tooth game where we have a happy tooth and a sad tooth. The kids have to place pictures of foods that are either good or bad for their teeth on the correct tooth. Some of them are trickier than others, which gets them engaged in conversation and thinking more about the foods they eat.
Making tooth brushing part of your children’s morning and evening routine is extremely important and will encourage regular dental hygiene. Your child will begin to realize that it’s just part of getting up and going to bed and they will see that it’s important and will do it without having to be asked.
* This survey was sponsored by Sanofi Consumer Healthcare and conducted online using Toluna’s QuickSurveys methodology between February 13, 2017 and February 14, 2017 among 1,150 moms with children between the ages of two and 12 in the USA. Respondents for Toluna QuickSurvey are selected from among those who are agreed to participate in Toluna surveys.
Toluna’s SmartSelectTM methodology was used to promote sample representativeness. SmartSelect relies on statistical matching rather than probability sampling to select survey respondents, based on demographic, attitudinal and behavioral characteristics that match those of the target population. Figures for age, gender, region, race/ethnicity, education and income are also weighted to bring them into line with their actual proportions within the population. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to participate in Toluna surveys, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.