Printable Tooth Brushing Charts

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

Tooth Brushing ChartsI’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. 

Printable Brushing Charts

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. 

Kids Dental Health

  1. Crest Kids Toothpaste: This stuff is great. It comes in every flavor and character they could want; and it does a great job, too!
  2. Tooth Tissues: For the tiniest teeth that are just popping through. Keep them clean with a quick wipe-down.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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. 
  8. 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.
  9. Timers: Two minutes. Enough said.

Kids Tooth Brushing

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! 

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  1. […] dental habits that will last a lifetime. I have a lot to say about kids and their teeth, so come visit my blog where I’m sharing my favorite dental products for kids. Here are a few of my favorite tips + […]

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  2. Christos March 31, 2015

    That is a brilliant idea. We could make this for health food choise. Do you want to design it? I am dietitian and kids would love something like this. Please if you are interested send me an email at djkokalis@hotmail.com

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    • christina April 3, 2015

      Thanks, Christos!

      I’d love to design something for you. Let’s chat soon!

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      • Christos April 27, 2015

        Please give me your email adress

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        • christina April 27, 2015

          it’s christinawilliamsdesigns (at) gmail (dot) com

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  3. Lisa May 8, 2015

    Hi Christina!

    Great spreading the word. So important to brush and floss daily. Ideally, brushing both after lunch and before bed. Certainly a good idea too half hour after any sticky snacks or sweets.

    I’d like to add:
    My son got his first teeth at 2 months, and he already had cavities at 6 months! We brushed daily, but it just wasn’t enough for him. Some kids would’ve been fine, but we all have our own particular microbiomes in our mouths.. our own pH and other factors that predisposes us to making our mouths more or less friendly to certain bacteria. There are over 700 different types of bacteria living in an adult’s mouth. The leading accepted theory in dentistry nowadays is that certain bacteria, in particular Streptococcus mutans, are responsible for cavities. We’re not born with them in our mouths, but we get them passed on usually from our primary caregivers. Some fantastic studies out there encouraging Moms and Dads with history of childhood cavities or currently fighting cavities to start chewing Xylitol gum, or using Xylitol toothpaste, etc, each day starting from third trimester of pregnancy, and continuing through toddlerhood. 4-6 grams of Xylitol a day for adult, leads to whopping reduction in childhood caries. Check it out. Some very solid studies have been done on this. Adult dental hygiene is VERY important for children’s cavity-fighting as well! It’s important to limit or try your best to avoid all together, passing any of your own saliva to your very young children. Eg. don’t share drinking glasses or eating utensils, as when doing so, we pass our oral bacteria on to them. Also, of note, S. mutans is anerobic, so if an infant nurses with a heavy clamp for a long time, good idea to encourage them to come up for air a bit, and wipe with damp cloth, and/or encourage a sip of water, or even a small finger toothbrush (with clean finger!). Tough to do all of this, for sure, but some goals, especially if you are at high risk (eg. teeth come in very early, history of childhood cavities among parents). Also, if you know you’re at high risk, a paediatric dentist can help with some preventative measures in the dentist’s chair. So, if an infant gets teeth early, definitely worth a trip to the dentist’s. A good, educated paediatric dentist should encourage parents to pay for that one early initial visit to come and get well-versed in all of the above.

    Don’t feel too poorly if your kids do get cavities young, if you’re doing a lot of the above. Some things really are a little out of our control, genetically-speaking, for a small group of the population. But definitely if you’re at high-risk, you want to be doing even more of the above.

    Other thing I’d like to mention:
    There are a lot of eco-friendly choices out there!

    Also, a child’s toothbrush from Swiss company Curaprox is outstanding. The bristles are not as rough on tender gums as I find other toothbrushes (like the Oral B in fact in my experience); however, they do a very good job on teeth. If they don’t sell their children’s toothbrushes anywhere near you, the Curaprox ATA also has a small head and is good for little ones. I can’t recommend these toothbrushes enough!

    Another eco-friendly option is Preserve toothbrushes, as they are also soft on gums yet effective, and they are made from recycled yoghurt cups in the USA.

    Also, to help us stay away from all that plastic that’s become a large problem for garbage and the world’s oceans, here’s a wooden and glass toothbrush timer that we sell at my shop: http://www.nest.ca/store/toothbrushing-timer/dp/9947

    For toothpastes, I’d recommend Weleda Children’s tooth gel for very little ones, as it’s safe to swallow, and it had ingredients that come from more of a holistic approach of improving the oral environment to host more friendly bacteria, rather than cavity causing bacteria… And Logona toothpaste for preschoolers.

    As you can see, I’m also passionate about this subject! Go, Go, Healthy Teeth!

    Your printables are great! So colourful and fun! Thanks! =D

    Cheers,
    Lisa

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