Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Dental Health Tips Stage by Stage from Arm & Hammer

How well do you look after your teeth? Do you have to fight with your kids to get them to brush theirs for the recommended two minutes each time? (Try a timer - that makes it a challenge!) We need to take good care of our teeth, particularly once the permanent ones come in - or they might not stay so permanent! But baby teeth need to be cleaned and cared for as well, and starting our kids out early with good dental hygiene habits will set them up for continued dental health in the years to come. With that in mind, I want to share with you some tips from the maker of Arm & Hammer™ to keep you and your kids brushing through every stage of life – from infants and toddlers through to the teen years and adulthood.

Infant Incentives:
For many new parents, the last thing on their mind is brushing their infant’s teeth – but starting good habits from the beginning will avoid future toothache. The key:

  • Start early – Even before all the teeth appear you can get your infant used to brushing with Baby Orajel™ Tooth & Gum Cleanser with Finger Brush.
  • Create a positive environment – In the same manner that we avoid going to the dentist every 6 months, for an infant, having his/her teeth cleaned may be a scary experience. Be sure to create a relaxing and positive environment and do not force tooth brushing when they are uncomfortable.
I've got to say, I loved that stage of tooth brushing. The little rubber finger brush was so easy to use and I'd sing to Boo while I cleaned his gums. It became a bonding time for us.

Toddler Tips:
Toddlers are curious and incredibly observant, unfortunately at this age they don’t truly understand the importance of brushing their teeth. There are a few things you can do to keep them engaged:
  • Play – At this stage, making brushing as fun as possible is the key to success! Embrace the love for their favourite character or TV shows, like Orajel™ Bubble Guppies™ toothbrush and toothpaste, to encourage them to brush.
  • Establish a routine – Who said brushing needs to be boring? You can decide when it’s best for your little one to brush their teeth and if this means in the bathtub when they are playful or right before bed, when they are sleepy – it’s whatever works for you!

We found that playing games, like pretending to find different animals in his teeth, or narrating the process with a list of foods he'd eaten that day, which we were getting out of his teeth, seemed to help keep him engaged and willing.

Children’s Choice:
As children grow, it can become increasingly difficult to encourage them to continue brushing twice a day to avoid the sugar bugs ruining their teeth. Sometimes, finding a solution can really be quite simple.
  • Let your children choose their toothbrush – Children crave a certain sense of independence, by letting them chose their own toothbrush, you bring a sense of pride and fun into their routine. Brushing with the Arm & Hammer™ Spinbrush™ Super Mario Power Brush will bring your kids to the next level of brushing, a reward equivalent to beating game levels.
  • Lead by example – If your children don’t see you brushing your teeth, you can be sure that they won’t be convinced when you tell them how important it is. Showing them how to brush and setting a positive example will help them understand the importance of proper care.
I absolutely support the idea of setting the example. Brush along with your kids, or even let them brush your teeth (finish the job yourself afterwards!) to encourage them to buy in.

Teen and Adult Benefits:
As teens and adults we only have one set of teeth to work with and maintain – this makes the importance of proper care that much greater. You begin to really appreciate the importance of a radiant smile, which is proven by doctors to boost confidence and overall health*. In your search for ways to keep those pearly whites bright, look for added benefits in your oral hygiene routine:
  • Pick the right toothpaste – You’re on your final set of teeth, treating them with kindness and respect will get you far. Look for toothpaste that strengthens your enamel, while still whitening your teeth. Arm & Hammer™ Truly Radiant™ toothpaste is formulated with baking soda, peroxide and liquid calcium – the perfect trio, giving teeth both strength and beauty.
  • Take brushing up a notch – With Arm & Hammer™ Spinbrush™ Truly Radiant™ brushes, removing more plaque just got easier. The elongated bristles allow you to maneuver those hard to reach areas, ensuring you've cleaned every nook and cranny of your mouth for a thorough clean and bright white smile.

Disclosure: I am a member of the Church & Dwight Ambassador Program, and as such receive special perks, products, and other compensation for my participation. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.


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