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Teaching Your Children Healthy Teeth Care

It is very important for you to keep your teeth clean. So much so that research is beginning to show that poor oral health may be directly related to strokes and heart health. This is incredibly scary when you realize that how you care for your teeth can have more ramifications than just a cavity or root canal. With your life at stake it is important to teach your kids at a young age to properly care for their teeth.

Teaching them about the length of time they should be brushing is one of the first things you can do. Dentists recommend brushing your teeth for two minutes. This may seem like a long amount of time for a child, who left on their own will come up quite short. Getting an egg timer is a good start to getting them brushing a little longer. You can also get @@AMAZONTEXT;B002GQ2TKA;two minute timers@@ which stick to your bathroom mirror as well.

I also know that my children are horrible about brushing their teeth using a regular toothbrush. Also they were not getting the plaque off their teeth very well. It was a good time to get a mechanical toothbrush to help in this. They absolutely loved their @@AMAZONTEXT;B002OIK4C0;electronic toothbrushes@@ and were super excited to use them.

Another trick we used was to get each kid their own toothpaste. You can range from a bubble gum which has fluoride for older children, to a @@AMAZONTEXT;B0044XHG5G;strawberries that is fluoride free@@ for younger ones.

You can also use this trick for mouthwash. It seems like the stranger the flavor and color, the more they love it. Once your children get a little older, it is very important to teach them how to get between their teeth with dental floss or water pick. Some kids take to using a water pick better than dental floss, since they can play with spraying the water.

Getting into a good routine with your child and monitoring them is ultimately the best way to promote good hygiene until they are old enough to understand.

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August 22, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment