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Tips from Moms & Dr. Oz: How to Get Kids to Brush Their Teeth
Do you know how often to change your toothbrush and how to get your kid excited about oral care? February is dental health month and it's a great time to remind ourselves and our kids about oral health care. Colgate recommends you change your toothbrush every three months to keep the invisible nasties away and your smile beautiful. Here is what Colgate, Dr. Oz and real moms say about it and their best tips how to get kids to brush their teeth.
Toothbrushing Tips for Kids from Dr. Oz
Dr. Oz pointed about that your over all health really starts from your mouth, and if children have inflammation in their mouths, it can even lead to altered bone structure as they grow older.
1. Dr. Oz agrees that a toothbrush should be changed every three months, but he adds that every time you have a flu or you get sick, you should either sterilize your toothbrush afterwards – or easier thing is just to buy a new one. This is a great tip especially right before the flu season!
How to really get kids involved – tips from Moms!
1. One of my favorite ways for moms to talk to kids about “invisible nasties” is to create fun art projects and drawings of the “monsters” that will eventually take over your toothbrush – and your mouth. My children have been drawing these monsters for a month now, and what I noticed when school started – they also talk about it at school with their friends. The concept of Invisible Nasties is so simple for kids to understand, and so easy for us moms to talk about for the kids. See what kind of invisible nasties the kids made, my favorite is what Tonya Staab did with her kids out of felt (pictured).
2. “I try to find and buy fun products that will keep them occupied over the sink while the toothbrush is in their mouths,” says Lifetime Mom Audrey McClelland of Mom Generations and she shops for fun toothbrushes like the ones with her boys’ favorite cartoon characters like Bakugan, Spiderman and Diego, which she bought from Walmart.
Photo & the craft by Tonya Staab