Three Important Tips for Your Child’s Tooth-brushing Routine

*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Orajel Kids.*

Routines are important for our family’s life. They keep us on track and help us stay focused on important tasks. One important event during our daily routine is tooth brushing. Seriously, with loads of kids running around, we have to keep dental hygiene practices on a strict routine. No set of teeth left un-brushed!

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Orajel has been my fave toothpaste for munchkins since I had my first child 12 years ago. Gulp! Is my first-born really almost a teenager?

I remember buying him his very first Orajel toothbrush. It was a finger brush that slid onto my finger. He had one teeny-tiny tooth. Have any of you moms did that too? Please tell me I am not the only mom who has brushed her child’s one and only tooth. He was only four months old, but we were getting off to a great tooth-brushing start. We had to start somewhere! We faithfully brushed that one, teeny-tiny tooth every single day. I even massaged his little gums. He really seemed to enjoy our early tooth-brushing moments.

Ahh! Baby memories!

Fast forward several years and now I am directing six kiddos to brush their, as my mom would say, “toothies.” My two youngest kids are at important learning stages. They are learning how and why to brush their teeth. That’s one of the reasons I love using Orajel products for my kiddos.

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The new Orajel Bubble Guppies Toothpaste and toothbrush are perfect for creating good attitudes in my preschoolers about dental hygiene. The “fin-tastic” fruity flavor makes tooth-brushing more inviting. I love how the new Bubble Guppies toothbrush comes with a colored center to show the kids exactly where to place the toothpaste.

During these formidable years, there are three major items I emphasize during brushing time.

  • Make little circles. Encourage your child to “make little circles” when he brushes his teeth. Brushing in a circular fashion covers much more of the tooth and gum area than side-to-side or up and down strokes. Kids have a greater chance at getting the entire tooth clean, instead of only parts of the tooth.
  • Brush your tongue! One thing I have emphasized to all my kiddos is the importance of brushing their tongues. “Brush your tongues! Brush your tongues!” is a reminder you will often hear ring through the halls of our house. Lots of germs stay on the tongue, and we want to win the battle against cavity-forming germies! I guess I get it honestly. My husband’s grandmother is a stickler for good oral hygiene. She not only brushes, but scrapes her tongue and insists my hubby does the same! I must say, even in her golden years her teeth are beautiful and they are the real thing! Go Grandma!
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  • Hum Happy Birthday three times. It’s hard for kids to grasp the importance of a lengthy tooth-brushing. Sure, I could set a timer, but I wouldn’t remember to set it every single time. So, a simple way I encourage them to brush for a reasonable amount of time is to hum the song Happy Birthday three times in a row. Then, and only then, can they rinse and put their toothbrush away. It’s a simple thought — but it works!

Have you tried Orajel products for your baby or kid’s tooth-brushing routine? They’ve got you covered from babies to preschoolers who are learning to brush on their own. For gluten-sensitive kids, their toddler line is gluten-free! Orajel also wants to celebrate your child’s smile milestones. Share your favorite photo of your child’s first tooth or of a great big smile to be entered to win a trip for a family of four to Beaches Resorts. Enter your photo here!

Enjoy your tooth-brushing routine! Share your favorite tips for your child’s tooth-brushgin routine in the comments! We can always learn from each other!

*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Orajel Kids.*

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