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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

April is National Dental Care Month! #PGMom {#giveaway}

Every year when the month of April comes around, my children come home from school with a contest to win a new bike.  It is in conjunction with National Dental Care Month.  The contest consists of a monthly chart where the children can mark off that they have brushed their teeth three times every day throughout the whole month of April.  We always have the best of intentions and tape the chart to the back of the bathroom door, and then we fall off the wagon.

My children aren't fans of brushing their teeth.  I've caught them in all the tricks - you know holding the toothbrush under running water,   My kids don't have cavity-free mouths, so they need good oral hygiene.  Maybe they just need inspiration and the right tools to put them on the path to healthy smiles and good oral health.

Prevention is Key

When it comes to the dental health of children, prevention is key.    Select healthy foods and snacks and keep sugary treats to a minimum.   Children under the age of nine should be supervised during teeth brushing.    And, be sure to visit the dentist regularly - every six months if you can.    Replace manual toothbrushes every three months.  Try a Oral B Cross-Action Pro-Health Toothbrush for a clean and healthy mouth, this toothbrush will remove 90% of plaque in hard to reach places.

Children can start using an electric toothbrush at the age of three, under supervision.    Now there is an affordable electric tooth brush just for kids and tweens.

Oral B Pro-Health for Me Vitality Electric Toothbrush

This toothbrush is designed with kids in mind.  It has a waterproof handle and available in fun designs.    It features a timer to ensure that teeth receive the full two minutes of brushing, as recommended by dentists.
 

Teach Kids to Floss

I admit to being a lazy flosser, but I do appreciate how important it is to get between teeth.  Having a good, easy to use floss, is key.  

We like Oral B Glide Pro-Health Deep Clean Floss.  Research has shown that flossing can reduce the chances of developing gum disease.    Glide is the easiest floss, which I have ever tried.  It slides between teeth effortlessly.

April is National Dental Care Month

Join me in celebrating Nation Dental Care Month, coming in April.  We are on the right path, now that we are equipped with the right tools, from Oral B.  Make April your month to smile brightly and show off your healthy teeth and gums.

We may even have a running chance in winning one of the bicycles in this years challenge! 



Win a Tween Teeth Bundle

Canadians can enter to win a Tween Teeth Bundle to make this your best National Dental Care Month ever!  This is a giveaway valued at $50.00!






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53 comments:

Annie1 said...

With my kids I would play their favourite song and when it was over they could stop brushing! It worked pretty well!

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Glogirl said...

I don't have kids but I think letting your child pick out their toothbrush and toothpaste in the store would encourage more active participation in brushing their teeth.

Jennifer L. said...

I buy different toothbrushes frequently - my son like using something new - and he has an hour glass that times out 3 minutes. He likes to brush his teeth watching that.

Jeannie Lam said...

Right now to encourage brushing, I let the kids pick out 2 toothpastes from the store and when it's time to brush, they pick which flavour to use.

Vesper Meikle said...

I don't have children but I would have liked to have chosen the colour of my toothbrush and the flavour of the paste when I was a child

Andrew Pham (apham17) said...

I don't have any kids, but like others have mentioned, letting your kids pick out the type of toothbrush and toothpaste can be helpful.

You can turn brushing teeth into a game (timer/race). But most importantly don't make it seem like a chore and lead by example.

Samorjj said...

Kid flavoured toothpaste, cartoon toothbrushes and starting from a young age.

ksceviour said...

I set a good example and have always explained to him the importance of cleaning his teeth and having good hygeine.

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Erika E said...

My son has a sand timer that works wonders. Since he received it from the dentist getting him to brush his two minutes hasn't been any trouble.

Sydney Bows said...

Let them pick out their own toothbrush!

josiefiorda said...

I buy character toothbrushes and paste and I brush with my kids

Angie B said...

My tip is routine - we brush teeth at the same time everyday - after breakfast and before bed. She is used to it now and rarely fights it.

Angela M said...

I make sure my daughter brushes her teeth at least twice a day and after she has any sweet treats. I also help her brush her teeth a couple times a week to check on her and remind her of the proper techniques.

Brenda Penton said...

I let my kids pick out their tooth brush and toothpaste when we go shopping. We try to stick to a routine also so that brushing is a habit.

flowerchild said...

We love to sing/hum while we brush and make we make it into a routine when they are young
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Debbie said...

Sing Happy Birthday while they brush
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Stephanie LaPlante said...

Bubblegum toothpaste always does the trick

carschick2000 said...

i let my kids pick out their toothbrushes and toothpaste as that way they will use them!

Victoria S said...

I tell them to brush for 30 seconds and make a challenge out of it.

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Sue2Sueper said...

My tip is to keep an eye on them. Show them by example when instruction is needed. :-)

tobyhir said...

Flavored toothpastes and fun toothbrushes!

Fan R. said...

Pick a toothbrush with their fav heros

maria said...

Flavoured toothpaste and reg trips to the dentist.

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Alessandrina said...

My tip is to tell him why oral hygiene is so important! No one likes getting a cavity!

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Sandra mitchell said...

I replace my grandaughters toothbrush often with a different design and color

Rebby said...

Make brushing your teeth fun with games and neat toothbrushes!

Kristi R. said...

I let them pick their own toothpaste.

Dianne said...

My grandchildren have toothbrushes with their favorite characters on them, they use kids fun flavours of toothpaste and I gave them a tooth timer. They brush until it goes off.

Piggy Wan said...

tell them a scary story!
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Tammy D said...

I love to make it fun with stickers, and music while they are brushing their teeth, those musical toothbrushes work wonders!

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Holly Messana said...

it is tricky to get the kids brushing. different tooth brushes help and they really like the electric ones.

Lori Bazan said...

Make brushing teeth just a natural part of the daily routine

Flo said...

I buy the grandkids their favorite toothpaste and they like to brush with it.

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Sarah Stickney said...

make brushing a game

leanne_mac said...

I use a timer so they know how long to brush for.

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Cathy Canton said...

They have to brush eac tooth in a downward motion 2 times on each tooth on each side Counting it out. Helps to make sure they get all teeth and dont do a rush job

Lori Butler said...

it's a constant battle with my youngest, I have tried, timers, agent cool blue, telling him he would have to pay for his fillings at dentist.. so much harder than the older child

Heidi Carlson-Reid said...

Remind, pester, harass, bug - whatever it takes!

Carrie Butler said...

Flavored toothpaste and picking their own toothbrush

Teresa Claire said...

We go to the dentist twice a year and at home, I find routine works best. After dinner, dishes and a game or 2 and then we go upstairs for bathtime and teeth brushing.

Beth Gallinger said...

Listening to music while brushing makes it more fun.

Sarah said...

I get my daughter to brush her teeth beside me since she's so young...when she gets older and starts doing it on her own, we are definitely trying the song thing :D
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silverneon2000 said...

Tricks not so sure for getting them to brush there teeth but I buy our youngest son flavored toothpaste to help to getting him wanting to brush his teeth.

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sumthingpurdy said...

I have this app on my phone- of a ginger cat that talks back to you... but you have to take care of it- one of the things is brushing his teeth... there's a timer on it also, so you can brush for the right amount of time! my daughter loves it!

Josh Siemens said...

Have to make a song and dance out of it!

Tabitha Pye said...

I let my kids pick their own toothbrush and I give them a tasty toothpaste, I also give them independence while brushing but I check in on them too, to make sure their brushing right :)

Christy Martin said...

Fun toothpaste seems to work!

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jackiekatie1105 said...

I take them every 6 months to the dentist and make them brush and floss everyday

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