Baby Teeth Need Love Too – What Parents Don’t Know: Giveaway Day 5

by Sami

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When my kids’ baby teeth started arriving on the scene, I can honestly say I was much more concerned about the pain it caused my baby and not the dental care they needed to receive. Honestly, I figured that if their baby teeth are going to fall out anyway, I didn’t need to worry too much about brushing them!

What parents don’t know is that even baby teeth need love too! The dental hygiene habits that parents instill in their children, even as infants, more often than not follow them into adulthood. That’s why it’s critical that as soon as that first tooth comes in, you make sure to schedule your child’s first visit to the dentist. While flossing may be a bit much at this stage, getting in the habit of brushing your child’s teeth twice a day is so important.

No one plans on their two year old getting cavities, and yet, it happens! While teaching your kids good dental hygiene is important, what’s even more influential is to set a good example. Make sure your kids see you taking proper care of your teeth and they’ll be more likely to follow in your footsteps.

We love a toothpaste like Arm & Hammer Advance While Brilliant Sparkle toothpaste that we’re comfortable with everyone in the family using. What are your favorite ways to get your kids brushing their teeth properly and regularly? Share your best tip below and you’ll be entered to win a $25 Visa Gift Card!

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24 comments

Mami2jcn July 5, 2011 - 8:20 am

The best tip I’ve found is to let them get excited about their toothbrush and toothpaste. We make a point of going to the store and having the kids pick out their own toothbrush and toothpaste. Then they seem excited to brush.

Ross July 5, 2011 - 11:24 am

The funky toothpaste flavors (like orange or bubble gum) is my trick. And, of course, a COOL toothbrush.

Denise July 5, 2011 - 11:26 am

Purchase a battery operated toothbrush for children.

Debra July 5, 2011 - 12:10 pm

I think the best tip I can give is to show your children by good example. If they see you brushing your teeth they will want to do it as well. I know my son and daughter in law are showing their 22 month old daughter how to brush her own teeth. It has become part of their routine.

Brandi July 5, 2011 - 1:09 pm

My trick to use with my little boy is he get’s to brush momma’s teeth while I brush his teeth. It works and he thinks it’s fun! Who knows, maybe someday he’ll be a dentist!

Lacasha Rittenberry July 5, 2011 - 3:22 pm

My girls love to help each other brush teeth!

Amy July 5, 2011 - 11:24 pm

Battery operated toothbrush with their favorite character. Seems to be the key to getting my daughter to brush long enough.

Raven In A Blue Room July 6, 2011 - 1:29 am

my daughters have their favorite characters as toothbrushes so it’s a little bit like playtime

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Heather I July 6, 2011 - 7:36 am

It’s part of our bedtime tradition. They brush their teeth, while being supervised, and then it’s storytime.

jennifer horn July 6, 2011 - 2:11 pm

My daughter loves immitating her big sisters. She loves brushing when they do and loves having her Dora brush!

Lee July 6, 2011 - 11:18 pm

Use the mouth wash that turns the teeth blue so they can see what they are missing. Buy a small soft tooth brush in a color or character they like and we buy the single use dental floss that have animals and we buy the bubble gum flavored toothpaste that is the pump style.I wish they would come out with a sonic toothbrush for children.

connie hall July 7, 2011 - 7:35 am

It’s my 50th…yikes!

Mari July 7, 2011 - 11:04 am

My son has a favorite “Cars” toothbrush that he MUST use when he brushes his teeth! He says his teeth only like that toothbrush, lol!

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Katherine A July 8, 2011 - 12:26 am

My best tip for tooth brushing is to make it fun. Let the kids choose their own toothbrush, and their own toothpaste – then it’s fun all the way home. They’ve even ripped it out of the packaging on the way home just to have a go.

Christie July 8, 2011 - 5:38 pm

We found a light-up toothbrush with a timer, so when the light is done flashing, she is done brushing!

Mary July 9, 2011 - 12:43 am

Battery operated toothbrushes are the bomb!!!

Miranda Clark July 9, 2011 - 8:15 pm

my daughter does it because she is scared to end up with dentures at a young age like her older brother. seeing the crap he has went thru encouraged her to make sure she takes care of hers. (she is older than most kids talked about on this thead tho)

Robin Bowers July 9, 2011 - 9:22 pm

We get fun tooth brushes that my daughter gets to pick a fun tooth paste and we brush our teeth together. She loves to go to the dentist.

Heather July 9, 2011 - 10:30 pm

We sing while we’re brushing and we have to get through the song;) We also use light up tooth brushes that are timers…another great way to help us:)

Tara July 10, 2011 - 11:05 pm

My son loves to brush his teeth with Daddy. That’s all it takes!

meredith c July 10, 2011 - 11:17 pm

I would say Use only a pea-size amount of toothpaste on ur kid’s toothbrush. Larger amounts tend to be difficult for kids 2 handle by creating2 much foam an overwhelming your child’s mouth with toothpaste!

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Gina @ The Crave to Save July 11, 2011 - 8:17 pm

I make sure they get to pick out their very own toothbrush and toothpaste, which makes them excited to brush their teeth! Thanks for the chance to win!
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Janice Cooper July 12, 2011 - 8:40 am

Themed or battery operated toothbrushes with their favorite cartoon character

Jacquie Ezzo July 12, 2011 - 10:19 am

the whole family loves battery operated toothbrushes!! work so much better!!

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