Thursday, August 26, 2010

Tips for healthy smiles...

Image from Google images.

Healthy teeth are very important for our littles and of course ourselves. Here are 5 things we do to help maintain healthy teeth...

1. Make brushing fun. Anytime you take a not so fun task and turn it into something fun, the kids are going to want to do it. Have fun little timers, Let them pick out their own toothbrush and toothpaste, make up a dance they can do while brushing, have a little radio in the bathroom ( away from the water please ) and they brush to a favorite song, reward them for brushing when they are supposed too.

2. Limiting the Sugars and Candies. Buy healthier snacks with less sugar. After they brush for the last time before bed, no snacks, no drinks ( except water ). Let them chew on some sugar free trident :) It comes in 11 flavors to choose from and what kiddo doesn't love some gum? It's all about limiting and making healthier choices.

3. Flossing. Flossing is important and kiddos need to floss once a day. Again make it fun for them, they have all kinds of cute little flossers for kiddos. They are more likely to floss with something bright and colorful than the plain white floss. Right?

4. Brush as a family.  Squeeze everyone into the bathroom and brush together. They see you doing it, they are going to do it too. Turn on some music and boogie down while brushing together. Haha :) Yes, you can even create wonderful memories with your kids while brushing your teeth!

5. Regular dental checkups. Kiddos should be visiting the dentist twice a year.

It's like most other things we are teaching our kids, if we teach them this while they are young and grow up with these routines and being taught healthy habits such as good dental hygeine then most likely they are going to continue it out on their own and with their own kiddos.

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Puanani503 said...

You're right..It was always a hard trying to get them into the bathroom just to brush their teeth. Now I just put up a chart for each person and they each get a sticker at the end of the day for brushing their teeth, flossing and doing other chores. By the end of the week the child with the most stickers gets a treat of their choice. So far it's worked really well and they all get a treat!

Kelee Katillac said...

Hi Nicole!

Fun and helpful post. Now, if I can only use the brushing ideas on Oliver Wendell my basset!

Thank so much for stopping by!

love, kelee

Amanda said...

Very cute work! I hope I win the giveaway over at TT&J!