Kids and Teeth {and a chance to win $100!}


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Teeth.

Kid teeth to be specific.

When you have kids, one of the many, many things that no one ever teaches you about yet you are expected to know how to care for, understand the process of and be successful at ushering into adulthood-style teeth, is teeth!

I got lucky with my first son. I was a normal, overly excited and zealous first time mom.  We started brushing his teeth from the moment one tiny corner popped through his gums and we never stopped.  We were diligent and he was a routine based kid who reminded us when it was time to do anything... brushing teeth was no exception.  He sailed right into well-established adult teeth with no problem.  All with sheer luck, though at the time we just chalked it up to being excellent first time parents. ;)

Then came our next child, whose teeth and habits could not be more different than his brother. I think we half-heartedly started brushing his teeth, at some point. It's not that we didn't try, but based on his brother we thought it just came easily. We brushed and flossed and fluoridated.  We bought the regular kids toothpaste and did our due diligence.  The outcome was very different. 

What I wish we knew was how to care for his teeth beyond the normal toothpaste. We had never heard about which foods led to enamel erosion and that kids like my son were more prone to wear than others, because of his already soft enamel. Over time and hard lessons we learned things we hadn't known, like just how bad for your mouth sports drinks, crunchy foods and those little mandarin oranges my son loved so much were.  Since we learned the hard way, I've been on a mission to share our knowledge with other parents before they have to learn the hard way, too! It doesn't have to be overwhelming or hopeless! With a little info and the right products you can set yourself up for success better than we did.
We've learned a lot and hopefully gotten on the right track.  We have a great pediatric dentist and we really pay attention to what is being eaten on a regular basis AND we are very picky when it comes to toothpaste.  We will only (now) buy toothpaste that helps protect enamel from cavities and everyday acids; that offers tooth protection into the future and gets the okay from our dentist.  We pay attention to what we use, wanting to make the best possible choice, and ProNamel® 6-12 Years Toothpaste for Kids is an easy choice you can make. It is the #1 dentist recommended brand for strengthening and protecting enamel.   
As a parent you want to know that you are making the best possible choices and using the best possible products for your kids.  You want to be encouraged by other parents who have been there and done that. Research, read and study.  Ask questions and get ahead of the game.  You can do it and now here's one chip in your corner. :)
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121 comments:

Unbox Fox Promotions said...

Setting a timer while the kids are brushing helps establish good oral hygiene habits!

imbigwillie said...

I make sure they brush twice daily.

willgriesmer@yahoo.com

imbigwillie said...

https://twitter.com/willgriesmer/status/732315863941021696

willgriesmer@yahoo.com

wholarmor said...

I need to get better at tooth care in my kids, especially with my boys that seem to have inherited my crooked smile. ;) I have to help brush for my youngest, even though he is 9 to make sure that he is getting everything. Going to try out the kids ProNamel, but my boys don't like mint. I hope they have other flavors...

Mami2jcn said...

My kids get excited about brushing their teeth if they get to pick out their toothbrush in the store.

mami2jcn at gmail dot com

Mami2jcn said...

tweet--https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/732377448231370753

Elena said...

I help my kids establish good tooth habits by brushing together with them

elena150980 at yahoo dot com

Elena said...

https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/732386202515431424

elena150980 at yahoo dot com

Katherine said...

We encourage good teeth cleaning habits through fun toothbrushes the kids pick out and making teeth brushing time fun.

Julie Wood said...

I help my kids create good tooth habits by making sure that I started early with them and had them brush their teeth after eating something sweet and making brushing teeth fun by getting a fun toothbrush and good toothpaste.

jewelwood55(at)gmail(dot)com

Julie Wood said...

Tweet-https://twitter.com/JewelWood/status/732537132753899520
my email jewelwood55(at)gmail(dot)com

Heather Raleigh said...

We are helping the kids understand how food and drinks affect their teeth, if they have snacks during the day we try to make sure they at least have a sip of water to rinse the food off of their teeth. Our dentist informed us one of the biggest reason kids get cavities is snacking in between meals.

kellyr78 said...

I help my daughter brush her teeth and explain that is important not to miss any spots when brushing.
kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

kellyr78 said...

tweet
https://twitter.com/Kellydpa/status/732618750621536257

kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

Natalie said...

I help my daughter brush her teeth by turning on the radio and dancing with her for 2 minutes while she brushes! yarbr012@gmail.com

Natalie said...

tweet https://twitter.com/yarbr012/status/732640692833538048 yarbr012@gmail.com

Aleksandra Nearing said...

I encourage my daughter to brush twice daily and to floss daily. We encourage flossing between meals as needed, too.

aleksnearing gmail com

steve weber said...

We make sure they brush and floss every night.. we sing fun songs and have a reward chart in place

groogruxking40 @ gmail dot com

JC said...

I help my kids establish good tooth habits by encouraging them to enjoy the routine, plus they get to pick up their favorite toothbrushes and toothpastes.
tcarolinep at gmail dot com

JC said...

tweet-https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/733087105648230401

Lisa Brown said...

I get them excited by letting them pick their own toothbrush, toothpaste flavor, and brushing my teeth with them, and making it fun and a positive experience.

Lisa Brown said...

mt tweet-https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/733330210708328449

Ann Raye said...

We establish good routines and make it fun!

whittikere at yahoo dot com

Ann Raye said...

https://twitter.com/whittikere/status/734152135961681925

Madeline B said...

We buy floss picks to get our kids interested in flossing (they seem much easier to handle).
maddiembrubaker (at) gmail {dot} com

Jessica said...

We have just started brushing my daughters teeth since she has them now. She is now one year old so we just bought some tooth paste and plan to introduce brushing with it very soon.

jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

Jessica said...

I tweeted too! https://twitter.com/jessrwarfield/status/734204762342731776

jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

Anastasia Fall said...

I try to establish good tooth brushing habits by leading the way! I brush my teeth with the kids as part of the routine, so it becomes a habit for all of us :)
anastasiafalling@gmail.com

Anastasia Fall said...

Tweeted :) - https://twitter.com/Enter_Now/status/734216025948880899
anastasiafalling@gmail.com

One Frugal Girl said...

https://twitter.com/OneFrugalGirl/status/734215938854293505
onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

One Frugal Girl said...

We use a light up toothbrush that stays on for two minutes!
onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

Madeline B said...

Tweet link: https://twitter.com/shala_darkstone/status/734337998762987520
maddiembrubaker (at) gmail {dot} com

FireRunner2379 said...

My wife and I always made sure the kids saw us brushing our teeth when they were younger. We also limit the amount of sugary drinks in our house. We probably have 2 sodas each in a month...We sometimes split a can on pizza night to make root beer floats!
jlammers002 at woh dot rr dot com

FireRunner2379 said...

I shared on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FireRunner2379/status/734491394732085249.
jlammers002 at woh dot rr dot com

Onyinye Elochukwu said...

I make brushing fun for my son by brushing with him. We also sing and dance to our favorite music. Keeps him looking forward to it.

Rachel said...

We are diligent in the brushing every night, but flossing and brushing in the morning is hit and miss. Maybe that is because our evenings generally follow the same routine but every morning is different. Hmmm, so I just need to make our mornings more predictable. Thanks for this and all your posts!

erika said...

We have taken them to the dentist since they were babies!

chambanachik(at)gmail(dot)com

thisisliferemix said...

I make sure my daughter brushes her teeth at least 2 times a day and floss.

thisisliferemix said...

https://twitter.com/mommysweetiepie/status/735229343006261248

peg42 said...

I remind my kids to brush and floss in the morning and at night. Thanks so much.
rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

peg42 said...

Tweeted: https://twitter.com/peg42/status/735254766679433216
Thanks again
rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

Amy said...

I help my kids' establish good tooth habits by helping them brush, literally! That's what the dentist recommended.

amy [at] utry [dot] it

Amy said...

tweeted:
https://twitter.com/uTry_it/status/736280798664368128

amy [at] utry [dot] it

Rachel Griesmer said...

I help my kids establish good tooth habits by encouraging them to brush twice daily. We set a fun timer that helps them know how long to brush for.

Rachel Griesmer said...

https://twitter.com/RachelGriesmer/status/736384763712405504
rachel.griesmer@yahoo.com

benz1171 said...

We brush our teeth together. benz1171(at)hotmail(dot)com

benz1171 said...

https://twitter.com/benz1171/status/737088337769562112 benz1171(at)hotmail(dot)com

Angel Jacklyn said...

Tweeted as well https://twitter.com/kytah00/status/737933288531230721 afjackly@oakland.edu

Angel Jacklyn said...

I try to keep a routine and make it fun and pretend like its exciting to try to instill the habit in them, only because what my dad did was the opposite and it didnt work for me =( afjackly@oakland.edu

Elle said...

We like to play music while brushing teeth to make it fun and use kid friendly dental products like character toothbrushes and bubble gum flavored fluoride rinse.

prettyinhotpink6 at gmail dot com

Elle said...

Tweet: https://twitter.com/PrettyHotPink6/status/738455909547048960

MCantu1019 said...

Remind to brush twice a day.
MCantu1019 at aol dot com

shannon said...

We let our kiddos pick their own toothbrushes, and have one in the upstairs and downstairs bathrooms. I always remind them and get different flavors of floss, too, so they can make their own choices. But even with my oldest, I remind them all a few times a day to brush brush brush in the hopes that it becomes second nature, especially after anything sugary.

paige Davis said...

I used to have my kids brush twice a day and sing happy birthday song as a timer too and electric toothbrushes are a good investment too

Kristen said...

By example....we brush together.

Kristen said...

tweeted
https://twitter.com/rubylorikeet/status/739970867170402304

april said...

well, our kids are only at our house every other weekend so there's a lot of their dental hygiene habits that we don't get to observe and monitor. however, we do the best we can with the time we do have and just consistently remind them to brush and take care of their teeth. it helps that they're a bit older and can be (mostly) responsible for their own teeth habits.

clc408 said...

I make sure they get to twice a year dental appointments and make sure they brush and floss daily.

clc408 said...

Tweet
https://twitter.com/clc408/status/740964491907719171

Shelly Peterson said...

We let them pick out their own tooth brushes and we brush our teeth together.
cshell090869 at aol dot com

Shelly Peterson said...

tweeted
https://twitter.com/cshell202/status/741757205871923200
cshell090869 at aol dot com

arress said...

I model good dental health by brushing and flossing with my kids, visiting the dentist together.

arress said...

https://mobile.twitter.com/arress83/status/741989229782282240

arress said...

I model good dental health by brushing and flossing with my kids.

susan1215 said...

I established good dental hygiene habits with my children when they were young by encouraging brushing and flossing early and getting them comfortable with their dentist.

s2s2 at cox dot net

susan1215 said...

https://twitter.com/susan1215/status/742889827515801600

s2s2 at cox dot net

Tina said...

my son is 18 months old now. He loves brush his teeth and I dont know why. I think its because he sees us brush our teeth everyday!
tina19820115@gmail.com

Tina said...

https://twitter.com/HappyTina0115/status/743630322340864000
tina19820115@gmail.com

Donna said...

we make it fun by incorporating music

linjumimom at aol dot com

Donna said...

https://twitter.com/linjumimom/status/744988121159319552

Rebecca W. said...

My kids brush twice a day and keep regular dentist appointments. I buy new toothbrushes regularly.

Rebecca W. said...

https://mobile.twitter.com/Michael64263870/status/745010510836293632

Natasha Lamoreux said...

https://twitter.com/Natashalamoreu1/status/745038210150051841

Natasha Lamoreux said...

I have always had good teeth brush habits established in my kids from them being months old. Dental hygiene is so important. We make it fun with musical tooth brushes.

DeniseL said...

I model good behavior by brushing and flossing with my son every morning and every evening before bed.

DeniseL said...

tweeted - https://twitter.com/dmarie824/status/746099217425440768

DeniseL said...

tweeted - https://twitter.com/dmarie824/status/746099217425440768

lindilala said...

we play tooth games

lindilala at aol dot com

lindilala said...

https://twitter.com/lindilala/status/746202371693285376

Kerry said...

I make sure they have their teeth brushed before they get a book read to them at night.
nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

Kerry said...

tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/746850012366278656
nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

Linda C. said...

When they are little they like to do everything you do, so we brushed together.

Linda C. said...

Tweet https://twitter.com/Lindiac/status/746879731820158981

Erica Best said...

by showing them from a early age

Erica Best said...

https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/747185027549696000

Erica Best said...

https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/747185027549696000

stefanie gladden said...

I talk to my kids about it and show them how to clean their teeth properly

stefanie gladden said...

tweeted https://twitter.com/stephcouponsxx/status/747571330866905088

Stephanie Phelps said...

We make it exiting and fun by giving sticker and when they get a good report from the dentist they get a prize! my4boysand1@gmail.com

Stephanie Phelps said...

I tweeted
my4boysand1@gmail.com
https://twitter.com/my4boysand1/status/747776866472308736?lang=en

eliza elliott said...

Consistency is what we do - we brush together twice a day to make sure we establish good habits. truckredford(at)Gmail(dot)com

eliza elliott said...

https://twitter.com/eliza_elliott/status/747798317363396608 truckredford(at)gmail(dot)Com

ellie said...

We have a morning and evening routine for brushing teeth. With electric toothbrushes and a timer.

eswright18 at gmail dot com

ellie said...

tweeted
https://twitter.com/eswright18/status/747966339889799168
eswright18 at gmail dot com

Betty C said...

When our children were small we kept the sugary treats away from home. We stocked up on healthy snacks instead. Brushing was a routine we did together and it kept the kids on track as well as us as parents.

Betty C said...

Tweet - https://twitter.com/willitara/status/747979496314155008

Thomas Murphy said...

I make sure they brush and floss every morning and night.

rounder9834 @yahoo.com

Thomas Murphy said...

tweeted
https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/747992992837935104

rounder9834 @yahoo.com

Tina Woo said...

We would brush at night with the kids before bed to model good behavior.
And 'bribing' them with a superhero toothbrush never seems to hurt.

Tina Woo said...

tweeted: https://twitter.com/tinawoo21/status/748076435483463681

angie lilly said...

I don't have children but my mom was a dental hygienist and my dad lost all of his teeth at a very early age, so I was trained like a kid in the army to take care of my teeth. Basically, my mom showed me pics of what could happen if I didn't and my dad would take out his teeth and scare me. hahahaha! Don't recommend this but it worked. hahahaha!

Angie
14earth at gmail dot com

angie lilly said...


I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/748234034963177472
Angie
14earth at gmail dot com

Tabathia B said...

My daughter has kiddie dental floss, her own toothpaste, timer and a hello kitty toothbrush. She brushes twice daily and floss.

tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

Tabathia B said...

tweet https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/748248063223939072

tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

ms-texas said...

we just made it a part of our regular daily routine

debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

ms-texas said...

i posted a tweet here:

https://twitter.com/purplepanda1966/status/748381821994426368

debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

Shawn Gallagher said...

Tweet entry https://mobile.twitter.com/Esham4life/status/748488745343721473 shawn92379@gmail.com

Shawn Gallagher said...

I show them my bad teeth and hope that works shawn92379@gmail.com

ms-texas said...

by making it part of a regular routine - then it becomes a good habit

debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

ms-texas said...

I posted a tweet here:

https://twitter.com/purplepanda1966/status/748534066803159041

debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

Whitney said...

We set a timer for brushing at least 1 min 30 seconds twice a day!

wlbellows at gmail dot com

Kathryn C said...

my #SweepstakesEntry tweet:

https://twitter.com/thrincor/status/748584389773230080

kacor7@hotmail.com

Whitney said...

I sent out a tweet: https://twitter.com/electricstar/status/748585504296271873

wlbellows at gmail dot com

Kathryn C said...

#SweepstakesEntry- comment

letting them pick out their own toothbrush /character themed as well as their favorite toothpaste

kacor7@hotmail.com

Michelle J. said...

They floss along with brushing at night.

Michelle J. said...

I tweeted: https://twitter.com/short624/status/748599606745849856

amanda whitley said...

we brush our teeth to music..makes it a little more fun

Jerry Marquardt said...

I try to establish a good tooth habit routine for my nephew when he stays over by making him interested in it by having some flavorful Sensodyne ProNamel for Kids.

Jerry Marquardt said...

I publicly Tweeted this giveaway: https://twitter.com/versatileer/status/748655983325495296

Birdie Bee said...

Tweeted-https://twitter.com/birdiebee52/status/748675403053559808

Birdie Bee said...

We've established good dental habits early on with my granddaughter who is now almost 11 and has no cavities. We reward her as well as her dentist for good checkups.

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