5 tips to help kids brush their teeth!

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

Getting kids to brush their teeth can be a battle…. been there, done that! Once it turns in to a fight to get your children to brush their teeth, you’ve lost. Brushing their teeth and paying attention to oral care is now a chore and something to be avoided. It’s no fun! I’m that mom that says, “turn that frown upside down!” and even if it’s annoying, it makes them smile ;) So here are my 5 tips to help kids brush their teeth!

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  1. Monkey see, monkey do. Kids like to copy what they see, right? My kids put on my shoes, attempt to wear my makeup, use the same words I use, and model my behavior… why would oral care be any different? We like to brush as a family. That may seem odd, but it works! Our kids are 4 and 2 and they love to brush their teeth with us! And as long we my husband or I are still brushing? Or are they. Sometimes it’s even a race on who can brush LONGEST!
  2. Make it FUN. I’m always humming a song while brushing because it gives the kids something to focus on. Before they even know it, they’re done brushing! My younger still needs help so I’ll sing a song when I’m not brushing my own teeth… “this is the way we brush our teeth, brush our teeth, brush our teeth…” or how about some Raffi, “you brush your teeth, ch ch ch ch ch ch ch ch!”
  3. Keep a routine. The kids will quickly learn that taking care of their teeth comes at specific times of day and it won’t be a surprise (or a fight). Do it in the morning to start the day and add it to the bedtime routine at night: brush teeth, get on pajamas, read a book, go to bed!
  4. Let the kids help. Even if they can’t properly brush, let them at it first (and you help finish them up). Let them rinse the brush under the faucet, squeeze out some toothpaste, and experiment with it. Kids grab on to and love that responsibility! The small fluoride-free tubes of toothpaste are great for little ones, like our 2-year-old, and we use the bigger ones for our 4-year-old. Find them at Orajel.
  5. Personalize it. This adds to the fun and the idea that your kids have their OWN products in the bathroom. We have two kids so we have two tubes of toothpaste. They help pick them out at the store and with the fun characters on the toothbrushes and toothpaste, it’s always exciting! Rebecca has Sesame Street (Baby Orajel Tooth & Gum Cleanser) and Ryan has Bubble Guppies (Anticavity Toothpaste & Toothbrush)!

help kids brush: make it fun

We love the whole line of Orajel Kids products because they help us accomplish all of the above. Whether your child is teething, training, or brushing on their own, Orajel has you covered. They make teeth brushing and oral care easy and fun! I like the fluoride-free options for Rebecca. Ryan is proud because of his “big boy” toothpaste. And we always say, “Let’s go brush with Elmo!” or whatever character is on their toothpaste or toothbrush :)

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How do you make brushing fun? What are your tips for getting your kids to brush their teeth?

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

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