It’s no secret that oral care habits are formed at from an early age. If you’re a parent, you likely put a lot of effort into helping your children care for their growing smiles every day. And that’s not always an easy task!
Healthy oral care habits are important and shouldn’t be overlooked just because your children are still small. In fact, babies need oral care before they even start teething and toddlers should begin to floss as soon as two of their teeth are touching. Encouraging your children to adopt healthy habits early on will ensure they learn the importance of oral care. You can also feel good about helping them avoid unwanted issues like tooth decay and cavities.
Our mouths, gums, and tongues are direct portals to other important organs. Following a proper oral care regimen from an early age could potentially save you from many devastating diseases and health conditions.
We know that taking care of their pearly whites may not be the most exciting part their day, but there here are a few things that can help make it more fun!
Let your child build their very own Tooth Time Toolbox
Most kids get really excited about getting involved in the process…whatever that process may be! Ask your child to participate in creating their very own Tooth Time Toolbox.
Letting your child choose his or her own toothbrush, rinsing cup, dental floss, and toothpaste flavours will allow them to choose items they love and that they’ll want to keep using again and again.
Once each item has been carefully selected, your child can get creative by customizing their toolbox. Think about allowing your child to repurpose one of your many toiletry bags or purses. An old trinket box can make a great toolbox and can even double up as a fun arts and crafts activity! Your child will love inventing on his own tooth time design with some paint, stickers, or stencils.
Timing is everything
We all know that dentists recommend brushing two to three times a day for a full two minutes each time. Isn’t that just about the same length as your child’s favourite song? Challenge your youngster to brush along to their favourite tune and chances are, they might even brush for a little longer…
Make it a family activity
In your child’s eyes, nothing is greater than the things you do together. If your schedules align, plan to make morning or bedtime oral care a family activity.
You can tie-in your child’s favourite song as mentioned above or challenge other members of your family to a dance off while the others floss (have you ever met a kid who doesn’t love the floss dance?).
Educate, but don’t be boring!
Naming off each tooth’s scientific name and purpose probably doesn’t fall into the category of urgent things to teach your kids. However, some boring information is important to share with your little ones and can help illustrate how their actions will help their teeth stay healthy and strong!
Keep it simple by sharing these 3 important lessons
1. What lives in your mouth?
Billions of bacteria live in our mouths, some good and some bad. The bad bacteria can be very sneaky, hiding behind your teeth and between those little bumps you see on your tongue. It’s important to brush regularly to get rid of these bad bacteria and to keep them from hurting our teeth and gums.
2. Your toothbrush is your friend
Remember those bad bacteria you’ve been brushing away? Sometimes, they can continue to live on your toothbrush!
It’s important to take good care of your toothbrush and here’s what you can do to help:
Rinse your toothbrush before and after use.
Doing this will help remove any bacteria before you even start to brush.
Store your toothbrush in an upright position.
Letting your toothbrush airdry in this way will help keep any new bacteria from accumulating.
Treat yourself to a new toothbrush every 3 months.
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3. The dentist is your friend
We visit the dentist regularly because he is the expert, and he makes sure our teeth are growing properly. The dental office is a safe place where everyone’s on a mission to help your smile shine bright. Sometimes, you might even get a special surprise at the end of your appointment!
An important note about Fluoride
Most of us grew up hearing about the benefits of fluoride, so why don’t our toothpastes contain this ingredient?
In fact, Health Canada cautions children, under the age of 6 years, not to swallow toothpaste with fluoride. Furthermore, Health Canada recommends calling a poison control center in the event your child swallows their fluoride toothpaste.
We have developed a natural anti-cavity toothpaste without fluoride that is safe for kids to swallow. That’s why you’ll see the word xylitol listed on our toothpastes, instead of fluoride.
Xylitol is a natural sweetener found in plants, including fruits and vegetable. Studies have proven that xylitol can help to prevent cavities.
Fun fact: Our fluoride-free toothpastes are the only anti-cavity natural toothpastes approved by Health Canada and are safe to swallow!
100% natural and available in tasty flavours, like bubblegum and strawberry here.