There are 6 mouths in our family….. well 6 human mouths. Five of those I am responsible for keeping sparkly clean and cavity free. I’m pretty sure the husband can fend for himself, hehe. With four girls sometimes it’s a struggle to make it through the day let alone make sure everyone has brushed their teeth. Did I even eat breakfast today? Thankfully my two oldest daughters are now old enough to take care of their oral hygiene themselves, but it does take some reminding. We’ve also discovered a few products that make the whole process a bit easier so they actually look forward to the process too.
And so I present a peek into Alleigh and Kaelyn’s oral care routine…
The girls floss once a day, typically before bed, but when they do it is the first step in their routine. Many dentists say that it doesn’t matter if you brush or floss first, but we choose to do so that the spaces between our teeth are clean allowing for more coverage and penetration of the of the fluoride in our toothpaste. I have found that it is much easier for my girls to floss by using floss picks. They are able to see each tooth because their hands are not getting in the way and the handle on the pick makes it easier for them to control the floss as well.
Once they have flossed between every tooth it is time to move on to brushing. I prefer to use products that contain fluoride, but are free of artificial dyes. To ensure the girls brush for a minimum of two minutes we have a kitchen timer that they set to the two minute mark before they begin.
The last step is to rinse their mouths for one minute with an anti cavity oral rinse. Recently we discovered TheraBreath for Kids! This oral rinse tastes great and is made with certified natural flavoring from organic grapes. It is sweetened with a touch of Xylitol, a sweetener with proven oral health benefits. Plus it helps prevent cavities and freshens their breath. Each of my girls have their own bottle of TheraBreath for Kids! so that they can fill the lid to the mark, rinse for 1 minute, and spit together. I am sure your kids would love TheraBreath for Kids! too. If you want to give it a try be sure to check out this BOGO coupon for an awesome deal.
After repeating this process with the girls twice a day it has become a habit for them. I admit we have to remind them sometimes, but not nearly as often as when they were younger. Another tip is to set up a chart where the kids can add a sticker for each time they floss, brush, and rinse. After a certain length of time maintaining a perfect chart a small reward is in order. Just be sure if it a sweet that they floss, brush, and rinse after to start their new chart off right!
How do you make sure your kids are practicing good oral care? Leave me a comment and let me know!