A few weeks ago I took the kids to the dentist, I had been a bad mom and they had not gone for over a year when they really need to be going every 6 months and thankfully all of them have great hygiene and brushing their teeth skills because no one had any cavities! One of my kids though does not like the idea of brushing behind their bottom teeth, they always tells me it bugs them and it feels weird and no matter what I do they argue with me about it. After talking to the dentist they told me that we need to work on brushing the backs of their teeth, thankfully the kids heard them and now they have been brushing the backs of their teeth. The dentist also armed me with tips for teaching kids good dental hygiene and so I am passing them on to you. We have been working even more on dental hygiene since we went to the dentist so I was excited when Colgate Total® Daily Repair Toothpaste reached out to me about working together.
When kids are young it is our job as parents to teach them good personal hygiene including good dental hygiene. Adults and teens also need to have good dental hygiene and being a good example for our kids is a great way to get the kids started on good dental hygiene. Using products like Colgate Total® Daily Repair Toothpaste the adults can practice good dental hygiene while teaching the kiddos.
Tips for Teaching Kids Good Dental Hygiene
1. Brush your teeth with your kids.
When kids are learning to brush their teeth seeing it be done is the easiest way to teach them. I started from the time my kids were able to stand next to me giving them a tooth brush while I brushed my teeth. They would move the tooth brush around in their mouth themselves and then I would brush theirs after I was done mine.
2. Let the kids pick out their toothbrush
Now that my kids are older they know that I get toothbrushes for crazy cheap with coupons and so now they don’t pick out the ones with characters but when they were little I took them to the store to pick out the toothbrush they wanted and made a big deal about it.
3. Buy kids toothpaste.
They make kids toothpaste in all sorts of flavors, I can use Colgate Total® Daily Repair Toothpaste while they use their kids one and we are both happy. Sometimes adult toothpaste is to strong of a taste for kids but that is why the kids flavors are a good choice.
4. Make a routine for brushing.
Getting them in to a routine for when they need to brush is a good way to get them started and sticking to good dental hygiene. Brushing is recommended to be done two times a day.
5. Teach them why you need to brush your teeth.
As parents we tend to use the “because I said so” reasoning but many times explaining to a kid the why gets them to do it and gets them to want to do it. You can go in to more details with older kids on why you choose the brand of toothpaste you do, it could be for flavor or it could be that you choose the Colgate Total® Daily Repair Toothpaste because it is a new toothpaste contains a multi-active formula that helps repair early teeth and gum damage. This will also help them as they get older to pick their own toothpaste.
I hope these tips for teaching kids good dental hygiene help you and your family make brushing their teeth an important part of their daily routine and that these tips for teaching kids good dental hygiene help you keep your sanity while you are teaching them the importance of good dental hygiene.
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- Helps repair early teeth & gum damage
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- Freshens breath
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