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Mornings during the school year are hectic. You have backpacks to load, lunches to make and schedules to keep track of. On top of that we have the everyday tasks of bathing, eating and brushing our teeth. Many times we may overlook the simpler, everyday tasks to focus on changing schedules and unexpected meltdowns and tantrums. Often times it is the teeth brushing we can begin to not focus on like we did in the earlier years of our children. They know what to do, right? They know where their dental supplies are in the bathroom and we asked them if they brushed their teeth so that’s it. I was guilty of that.
My son is pretty independent and strives for perfection in everything he does so I would send him to the bathroom at 7 and see him brushing his teeth.However, what I was not seeing was he lost track of where he is brushing and turns out at cleanings that it appears he is missing his front teeth as they had the most plaque. It is important that we actively teach and often show them how to have proper dental hygiene.
Dr. Sharp Dentistry not only provides a natural, fluoride-free oral care line, but has many tips to offer. Below are some tips on how to ensure proper morning oral hygiene maintenance:
- Teach them why. Discuss the reasons why they need to brush regularly, so they know why they are doing it. You can make this easier and still keep it age-appropriate by picking up some kid’s books about brushing, too.
- Make it fun. When parents make brushing time fun, little kids are more likely to want to participate. Have a brushing song or fun routine that goes along with getting the job done each day.
- Give them rewards. Kids love to get rewards, even if it’s a sticker added to their sticker chart. Once they meet their brushing goals, take them to the store to pick out a book. This will help to keep reinforcing the habit.
- Praise their efforts. Rather than focusing on what they fall short of or miss, stick to keeping it positive and giving kudos for the parts they do well. They can always go back and improve areas missed, but positive reinforcement goes a long way.
- Help and hold accountable. Up until kids are around 8-9 years old, parents may need to keep going into the bathroom with them to ensure proper brushing is being done. While it may seem like a pain, it’s helping them to establish lifelong habits that will benefit them greatly in the long run.
My son loves the taste of the Dr Sharp All Natural Wild Berry Kids toothpaste and I love the ingredients. Dr Sharp products are all natural, non-GMO and vegan. They are free of parabens, SLS, alcohol and gluten, They contain the beneficial Xylitol that does wonders in fighting the bad bacteria in your mouth. Dr Sharp products are safe for the entire family. Visit http://www.drsharpcare.com/ to see all of the available products. You can get your own oral care products by Dr Sharp from their website or at various dental offices. How much will it cost you to stock up on a better oral care line? At $40 you don’t pay shipping so you can stock up for about the entire year for everyone in our family. a 4-pack of the kids full size toothpaste is only $22 to start.