Hey guys! It’s been a long time since I’ve been around these parts. I’ve been working hard on some great projects. I can’t wait to share them with you. But I couldn’t let February get away from me without mentioning Children’s Dental Health Month.
I’ve made several brushing charts for my husband to pass out during different community events. This one is my favorite…and I’ve made it into a free printable for you! It’s perfect for little smiley face stickers; but you could also laminate it and use a dry erase marker. However you use it, the important thing is to keep those kids brushing and flossing–whether they like it or not. I’m talking about how I learned that lesson the hard way, and sharing some of my favorite brushing tips over at Honest to Nod tomorrow.
Get the free printable brushing charts here. And while we’re talking about teeth, I’ve got a quick round-up of some of my favorite kids dental health products so you can keep those pearly whites sparkly clean.
- Crest Kids Toothpaste: This stuff is great. It comes in every flavor and character they could want; and it does a great job, too!
- Tooth Tissues: For the tiniest teeth that are just popping through. Keep them clean with a quick wipe-down.
- ACT Rinse: My kids really like this. Even the youngest (3 years old) learned how to swish when he was pretty small, because he saw his big brother and sister doing it. Make sure kids understand the concept of not swallowing it before they’re allowed to rinse.
- Dental Disclosing Tablets: Have you ever used these things? You chew them up, swish around a bit, then spit them out and anywhere you missed turns pink. Gross and awesome at the same time. It’s a great way for kids to see the spots they tend to miss.
- Baby Toothpaste: This is great for kids under two who haven’t learned to spit out regular toothpaste yet. It’s safe to swallow; and it has xylitol in it to prevent cavities.
- Crest Pro Health For Me Toothpaste: This is great for the older kids 8+. More of a gentle mint flavor than the grownup kind; but provides stronger cleaning for those newly-sprouted adult teeth.
- Oral-B Stages toothbrushes: By far my favorite toothbrushes. They come in a bunch of sizes for growing kids’ mouths. And my kids love the characters. I prefer manual toothbrushes vs. the battery-operated variety, because I think the kids do a better job of brushing if they actually have to brush. We’ve tried the spin brushes before, and the kids just sort of stick them in their mouths without actually making any effort.
- DenTek Flossers: I always have a ton of these handy…so the kids never have an excuse not to floss. They’re great for the kids who still need help flossing, so I can reach easily; and they give the older kids more control than wrestling with a long piece of traditional floss.
- Timers: Two minutes. Enough said.
And there you have it! No better time to unleash my inner dental nerd than during Children’s Dental Health Month. Don’t forget to grab some printable brushing charts, and Happy Brushing!