Thursday, August 23, 2012

Getting Your Kids to Brush - Review & Giveaway

My kids have a perfect dental history. They've never had a cavity and always get rave reviews from the dentist...and, it has absolutely NOTHING to do with me! I am possibly the worst parent ever about making my kids brush.

 
When they were little, I would brush their teeth while they were in the bath (sort of a "let's get all this hygiene stuff out of the way at once" thing).  Then, as they got older I helped them while I was brushing so they could use me as a model.  We also took turns brushing and, when they were grumpy, I would sing songs while we brushed.  But then, life got chaotic and brushing became more of a chore - for me!

The truth is that even though I KNOW how important dental hygiene is, I hate battling them to brush long enough or getting them to let me check them when they're done.  Actually, the biggest issue right now is that I just plain FORGET!  Somewhere between cleaning butts and cooking meals, their poor little teeth get forgotten...but NO MORE!  I finally got motivated to get them organized.

Our plan is simple - much simpler than most other creative ones, but it works for us.
I typed up a simple "Morning Routine" and "Bedtime Routine" sign using Publisher, printed them out, stuck them in sheet protectors, and stuck them on their doors.  These things are like GOLD!  My kids are obsessed with completing all the tasks on their routine lists and the pictures mean that even my Preschooler can do it independently.  I don't even have to bribe them or remind them.  Of course, it's only been two weeks so I'm sure this will change.

If you're looking for a more advanced Morning Routine card system, I love the one from I Can Teach My Child.  The problem with it, for us, is that we have a toddler who would love to take those magnetic cards and scatter them all over the house.  So, right now, we need something in one piece and boring enough for him to ignore :)

In addition to our new charts, I received this bottle of Smart Rinse for my boys to try out!  They love it!  It's blue and it tastes like bubble gum.  Of course, for me, there's much more to love:
  • It helps prevent cavities by clearing away particles that brushing alone can miss.
  • It kills bad breath
  • It's alcohol free
  • It tints those nasty food particles so your kids can see what they're missing in the sink.
  • It's fun!!  (which means I don't have to battle them to use it!)
And, perhaps the coolest feature is the automatic measuring.  Just squeeze the bottle to get the rinse into the cap.

 
And then let go.  The rinse will drain back into the bottle leaving you with 10mL for your child to pour into a cup and rinse with.  It's perfect and I love that my kids can do it on their own!

 
The nice people at Listerine have given us two full-size bottle of Smart Rinse for two lucky readers to try out.  To enter, just use the Rafflecopter form below! 

Happy Brushing!






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30 comments:

  1. Letting them pick out their own toothbrush and starting at a young age.

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  2. I "created" a red tooth monster. My boys are still a little young so I told them they need to brush away the "sugar bugs" to keep the red tooth monster from turning their teeth black. They laugh and giggle so I know they know it is a joke but it is fun to see them run to the bathroom to brush their teeth when it is time. Mine are only 2 and 3 right now so it isn't always easy to get all the spots but this Listerine product may just be what we need to get it all since it tints the areas they need to hit. Even I don't win, I may be getting some the next time I am at the store!

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    1. Gina, I love this idea! We actually made "sugar bugs" out of egg cartons for the kids so they have something to visualize. I think it makes it fun for them, too :)

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  3. I sing the ABC's to my 18 month old and big brother gets other facts that we are learning (counting by 10's, bible verses, etc). THis helps keep their focus on me and they are "learning" through repetition. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  4. brush together! then they dont complain!

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  5. Make it fun!
    jlapage@labiomed.org

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  6. We sing the abc's and count while they brush and rinse their teeth.

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  7. My daughter likes to brush her teeth while I'm brushing mine.

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  8. It's just part of our routine now. They stall so much at bedtime, that they wouldn't let me get away without letting them brush their teeth!

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  9. I brush mine at the same time that they are brushing there teeth. Then we compare to see whose teeth are whiter! Lol!! Go figure, it works!
    tiffoverton77@yahoo.com

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  10. Start when they are young and it will be something that sticks with them

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  11. I have shown my kids pictures of what can happen if they don't brush. I know it is graphic, but they don't want their teeth to turn out that way, so they brush. It worked.

    dandelionclover459@yahoo.com

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  12. I gave each of my kids a toothbrush of their choice. That way they look forward to using their character brushes and toothpaste in the morning.
    alliana88m AT yahoo DOT com

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  13. The best thing I ever did was get them spinbrushes (battery powered)and their very own toothpaste and put it in their Christmas Stockings from Santa. Boy did they love it! And they started brushing regularly!
    maxine_rose@hotmail.com

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  14. I bought light up timed toothbrushes. The lights flash until it is time to stop brushing. They seem to like it.

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  15. I made them look at all my fillings, lol.

    My Name: Heather Abbe
    My Email: abbegirl1977 at gmail dot com

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  16. My best tip for getting my kids to brush is make it fun for the child. If the child likes songs pick one that last at least as long as they should brush and have them hum it (or sing it with there toothbrush in there mouth) so they know how long to brush and they are doing something fun too.

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  17. Set a timer for kids to brush to
    hrddiana556@gmail.com

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  18. I let them pick out their own toothbrush and toothpaste so it's exciting!

    orangestar17(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  19. My daughter loves brushing her teeth actually, so luckily it's not a struggle in our house. She gets to pick her own toothbrush and we have a toothpaste she gets to customize with stickers. She's had character brushes, motorized ones, ones that do a light show, ones that play a song, etc. I think the "fun" aspect keeps her interested in interacting with her teeth! =)

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    Thanks! =)

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  20. We just make it fun for my daughter even though she has always loved to brush her teeth

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  21. We bought my son a toothbrush with a timer and that seems to help us.

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  22. My best tip is to get them excited as you can by picking out their own toothbrush and toothpaste and teaching them it isn't a boring or horrible task. It is something for your health and a habit they should pick up.
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  23. Getting tooth paste they like! amandalilly@hotmail.com

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  24. My son loves to brush his teeth to the Elmo song about brushing your teeth! :)

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  25. I have to make my kids do it, they also get toothbrushes they like and kids toothpaste
    sunniewoodyplus2 atmsn.com

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  26. My kids were used toothbrushes. They loves their teeth. So, now i make a decision to give this one with a natural whitening toothpaste. Thanks for your sharing this exciting toothbrushes.

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  27. raising kids is a full time job , you're doing it quiet well, thank you for sharing the dips with us.
    endodontist

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  28. thank you for sharing this story. dental care is rather very important from early childhood.there won't be any need of teeth whitening in later stage.

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