My kids love sweet treats and with all the holidays, birthday parties and events lately, I realized just how much candy is around them all the time. I get worried about the effect all that sugar has on their teeth, and while I still brush Mila’s teeth (after her own practice brushing), I do worry that Hudson is brushing properly. (I get a little concerned watching him perfect his ‘ninja’ moves in the mirror while he brushes)
|Love this sweet smile!!|
Here are a few tips to help keep your kids teeth healthy and clean:
1. Fun toothbrushes: There’s a reason they make kids toothbrushes all bright and colorful, to make it fun to brush! When Hudson was younger I would let him select his own toothbrushes so he would be so excited when it was finally time to brush. When he got a little older, his dentist recommended a electric brand, and he was so excited since he felt like it was a ‘grown up’ toothbrush. He still loves his fun, colored flossers though!
2. Motivating Apps and Timers: There are a TON of awesome tooth brushing apps, he was using a Disney one for awhile. Try out a few, to see if they motivate your child to brush longer or more effectively. Mila loves the apps, but for Hudson timers work best. Our dentist gave him an old school sand timer (in green, his favorite color) and he uses it religiously.
3. Show Them What They are Missing: When I was young, my mom knew the best way to get me back on track with my brushing was to give me one of those little pink pills that show all the plaque and tartar sitting on your teeth. (remember those?) After seeing all the pink, I would brush the crap out of my teeth and step up my flossing game, at least for awhile! The only annoying thing was you would have to chew up the pills, wait for the color, then get toothpaste and brush it all off. Now they make a TOOTHPASTE that does the same thing, but with way more benefits! (no chalky tablets needed!) Plaque HD is a toothpaste created by dentists and orthodontists that shows you where there is plaque buildup, allowing kids to target problem areas right then and there. And according to studies, it really works! A study by the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry found that patients who used Plaque HD had 4x more plaque removal compared to patients who used a regular toothpaste!
The first time I had Hudson use this, he couldn’t believe how much teal showed up on his teeth! And it takes a little while to brush it off, ensuring that he meets the American Dental Association’s recommended 2 minutes. (genius!!!) I was really happy he also liked the taste, since he is super picky about toothpaste flavors. I even tried it and it was interesting to see the areas I need to spend a little more time on when I brush! My teeth definitely felt cleaner after I used it.