Sunday, August 7, 2011

Making Toothbrushing Fun PLUS $25 Visa Card Giveaway


I have to tell you. My kids have really been slacking this Summer!  Between spending several nights a week at the ballpark, swimming every day and hanging out with friends, it seems like when we are actually home I cannot get our children motivated to do anything, especially brushing their teeth. I have never had any trouble getting them to brush so it has been a really frustrating situation for me especially since it seems like I have to remind them half a dozen times to go brush in the morning and at night before bed.  And not only that but for the first time, I have actually had to start checking to make sure they are doing it as I caught my 6 year old just wetting his toothbrush and playing in the water last week. It's no wonder that the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that parents continue to supervise the tooth-brushing process until age 12. Who knew they could be so sneaky?! So now as a Mom I have to up my game and find creative ways to make toothbrushing fun so that it is not such a chore!


Some things you can do to make toothbrushing FUN!

*Set a timer. Kids love to race the clock and setting a timer gives them something fun to do while you make sure they are brushing for the proper amount of time

*Reward them! We give our children a sticker on the reward chart every time they brush without being told and then after so many stickers, they ge ta prize

* Get them an awesome toothbrush. Kids LOVE electric toothbrushes so get them something like the Arm & Hammer Spinbrush! They offer a variety of styles including toothbrushes that kids can decorate themselves



*Let them brush somewhere other than the bathroom. Use a minimal amount of toothpaste to cut down on the mess but let them brush while they are watching a favorite tv show or something so they are just standing bored in the bathroom. This was huge for us. My oldest son was always walking around the house brushing and it drove me nuts but then I realized, he was the one child I didn't have to MAKE brush his teeth. So I choose not to overlook him walking around and just be thankful he is brushing!

*Brush to their favorite music, songs, etc.

*Hold your child accountable. Ask your dentist for disclosing solution or tablets (remember those little red pills we chewed to see how clean our teeth were?). This is available from most pharmacies, but if yours doesn't carry it, ask them to order it for you. After your child brushes, give him a dose so you can both see how well he did. Better yet, brush together and have a contest using the solution or tablets to see whose teeth are cleaner. My kids LOVE these things and it makes them brush better after the see the results!

What do you do to help motivate your children to brush?

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60 comments:

  1. My kids are motivated to brush because they pick out their own character toothbrushes and toothpaste at the store.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  2. I bought the Design Your Own toothpaste tubes and they each have their own designed with the stickers of their choice! They actually LOVE brushing their teeth now! lol

    briannabeers at yahoo dot com

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  3. I get "Elmo" toothbrushes and "Elmo" Toothpaste for my kids, that does the trick!
    bukaeyes@aol.com

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  4. I dont really give her a motivation, I just tell her it will keep her healthy.

    jcwga@hotmail.com

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  5. My little guy picks out whatever toothbrush he wants, then I get the "sparkle" toothpaste. Works like a charm!

    mkw70 (at) comcast (dot) net

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  6. We motivate our children to brush by changing their toothbrushes often, and trying to get a different character each time. Also, we have bought my 3 year old a musical toothbrush before and he liked that.
    llwaltz(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. My son picks out his own toothbrush and my husband made up a little song we sing while we brush his teeth! I've also told him about cavities and he now reminds me if we don't brush his teeth as soon as he wakes up and when he goes to bed.

    sandy@suddenlysandy.com

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  8. I try to lead by example and show them how fun brushing your teeth can be!
    dmb161@aol.com

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  9. My husband made a little stool for the kids to reach the bathroom sink. This make it easy for them to see what they are doing. We also get toothbrushes the kids like and toothpaste that taste good.
    heartnsoulcooking[at]gmail[dot]com

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  10. I motivate my son to brush his teeth by allowing him to pick his toothbrush, rinse and toothpaste.

    donnyandshelly at yahoo dot com

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  11. Put on music-one song is how long they should brush.
    flyergal82 AT (yahoo) /dot/ #com$

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  12. i let my child sing baa baa black sheep while toothbrushing so i know they are not rushing.
    amramazon280 at yahoo dot com

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  13. I end up telling my girls to "Just go do it!"
    elund323@yahoo.com

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  14. We're just starting, but the Elmo toothbrush is a hit!
    feh79 at yahoo dot com

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  15. their grandfather took out his false teeth to show them what happens when you don't brush- lol- worked like a charm!
    rmartinclarke @ gmail.com

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  16. I get their favorite cartoon character toothbrushes for them.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  17. My kids are teens now, but I still have to remind them. I used to say they would have to pay for filling any cavities they had! Thank goodness for sealants!!
    PMNSL95 at triad dot rr dot com

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  18. We buy my nieces their favorite character toothbrush and flavor or toothpaste then they have no issues and love brushing cause it taste good

    powersoccer13@gmail.com

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  19. We use the countdown app on our smartphones. When it gets done it plays a favorite song and we do a celebratory dance!
    stkc79 at gmail dot com

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  20. We motivate our kids by letting them pick their own toothbrushes and their own toothpaste.

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  21. We let the kids brush their own teeth then check and give them high fives. They love it.
    mframe00@gmail.com

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  22. We use a sticker sheet if they brush their teeth two times a day 7 days a week they are three dollars.
    megankayden@yahoo.com

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  23. We use the Fire Fly toothbrushes. They light up and tell them when they are done. They love to push the button.

    alissa4illustration AT hotmail DOT COM

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  24. I let my daughters choose the toothpaste and flavors they liked (usually character toothpaste). I also let them choose their own toothbrush.
    Thanks!
    jackievillano at gmail dot com

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  25. My older 2 kids are motivated to brush because they don't want any cavities. My younger son is motivated to brush because he likes to imitate his big brother brushing his teeth.

    brendashandmade at yahoo dot com

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  26. I sing a song that is silly and they have to brush until it is over! :)
    my4boysand1@gmail.com

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  27. i would motivate my child with positive reinforcement.and priveledges...lots of love....and let them have more

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  28. We let them pick out their own toothbrushes and we but the colgate kids toothpaste

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  29. each daughter has her favorite character as toothbrush so it feels more like playtime

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    Louis
    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

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  30. Novelty toothbrushes help motivate children to brush. Shopping for the right toothbrush is part of the fun.

    mommakoala(at)cogeco(dot)ca

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  31. I just tell my grandson about the benefits of brushing his teeth.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  32. Fun toothbrushes and good tasting toothpastes help motivate my kids to brush. I need to set a timer tho, great idea.
    ktiegen at yahoo dot com

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  33. A sticker on the sticker board!

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  34. My son insists on using his Cars toothbrush and toothpaste. I find that as long as he has these, he is motivated to brush.

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

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  35. I let them use character brushes and play music while they brush. It's become a ritual and a game, that they have to brush as long as the song lasts. :)

    tnshadylady at gmail.com

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  36. I allow them to pick their own toothpaste flavor and motorized toothbrush to encourage them to brush.
    lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

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  37. My kids are grown. But we used to sing songs. I have found a great way now with the tooth timer. I think it is great and will motivate kids to brush!
    Rita Spratlen rj_angel_house@yahoo.com

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  38. My little one isn't quite ready for brushing her teeth yet, but we have a toddler toothbrush that we have been letting her "practice" with when I brush my teeth. She loves doing whatever I'm doing. This has also helped her get use to the feel of the brush as we are transitioning from the baby wipes you can use for teeth to a toothbrush.

    4allibaby at gmail dot com

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  39. I bought my daughter a musical toothbrush and she loves to listen while she brushes and she likes the flavor of her toothpaste.
    amyleanne0819@yahoo.com

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  40. I let them pick out their toothbrushes, toothpaste, they even have their own little paper cups with their favorite character on them.
    tamben7996(at)aol(dot)com

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  41. if they dont brush next night no snack

    Liza767[at]rocketmail[dot]com

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  42. It is so hard to motivate kids to brush! I bribe my kids by telling them they can have a sucker from the dentist when they get their teeth cleaned if they have no cavities at checkup time, the suckers are sugar free! :o)
    sabrina radke
    sradke1024 at gmail dot com

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  43. we usually sing the brush your teeth song, my son gets to brush his teeth first and then it'll be my turn to brush them. and if he gives me trouble about brushing, i tell him he's gonna get cavities and they HURT and that usually gets him to brush.
    jinglebellstime@gmail.com

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  44. Tell them that they grow big, healthy and strong! It's my daughter's newest phrase she brought home from preschool a couple months ago...and it really works.

    aechika at hotmail dot com

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  45. When they were young I bought the red plaque tablets so they have to brush to get the red off their teeth.
    missdeb1 at earthlink dot net

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  46. I motivate my kids to brush their teeth by letting them pick out their own toothbrushes.
    eugeniewu at gmail dot com

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  47. i always brush with him, even if i don't need it..just to show him it's the thing to do
    nannypanpan at gmail.com

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  48. My daughter is only one, so it doesn't take much motivation. She likes it, and giggles. She only has two teeth, but she likes the taste of the (teeny bit of) toothpaste. Good luck to you!

    Amanda Moutos
    SugarMamaShop@gmail.com

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  49. My daughter hated to brush her teeth so I motivated her by moving her to the bathroom and watched while she brushed lol ut_oh_its_kim@hotmail.com

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  50. We brush our teeth together to make it more fun.
    hlee99 at gmail dot com

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  51. My daughter is still too young to brush her own teeth, but she's never minded it. I think she likes the 'brush our teeth' song I made up.

    b(dot)cardone(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  52. I always remind my children about how much dental work their father has to have done on his teeth because he did not brush well as a child. That usually gets them motivated.
    From: Maryann
    twinkle (at) optonline.net

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  53. I'd love to win - email is in my profile.

    I give them a sticker on a calendar every time they brush 2x per day!

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  54. What do you do to help motivate your children to brush? I give them non-sugary treats and I let them pick out which toothpaste they'd like to buy. Their favorite is the Crest Blues Clues! nolocknokey[@]gmail.com

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  55. I let dd pick out her toothbrush and toothpaste. Every month she gets to get a new toothbrush (she chews them up so usually it's less than a month! LOL)
    tvpg at aol dot com

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  56. my daughter gets motivated to brush while I tell her a night time story no brush no story...it worked and we have never looked back
    hebb.julie@gmail.com

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  57. I get my son fun toothbrushes and sing silly songs so he opens his mouth. tylerpants(at)gmail.com

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  58. I brush my teeth with my son, so he sees mommy doing it too!!
    rahuss85 at gmail dot com

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  59. we do it by encouraging and reminding them debbie jackson
    djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

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  60. i use lots of love and positivity!and i sing a songs to!;)

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