Are You and Your Family Members Brushing Your Teeth Long Enough?

If you are a parent to young children, you most certainly want to be sure they are taking care of their teeth the way they should.

Oral hygiene is one of the most important aspects of personal hygiene. The best way to achieve high oral hygiene is by brushing properly. Brushing in the morning after a good healthy breakfast is very important, and just as equally important is brushing before bedtime. Throughout the day as our children are having their lunch and snacks, the food that they are eating is getting stuck in between their teeth creating a dirty mess that can cause build up. Not to mention harsh snacks and candy can create horrible cavities in their young precious pearly whites.

It has been said by many dentists that the acceptable duration for brushing your teeth is 2 to 3 minutes for a complete clean.

Now, we all know how difficult it can be at times to get our kids to brush for 2 minutes. Believe me as a mom of a 9-year-old and 5-year-old, when brushing before bedtime arrives they are most certainly not rushing to the bathroom anytime soon. It usually comes with a lot of whining, complaining and feet dragging.

But there are ways to solve this brushing battle:

Encourage your children to listen to a favorite song while they brush until the end of the song. (We recommend the Showerman theme song 😉)
Setting a timer in the bathroom and when the timer goes off they have completed their mission! These two great techniques are a fun and simple way to turn a healthy routine into a game that will make them smile and laugh. The trick is also to stay consistent with it.

A tip to changing it up a bit:

Create a chart for the month (get creative) have the kids help with decorating it, and adding their choice for a song on the days of the week.

Brush as a family. I find that brushing my teeth with my kids is fun and creates a good healthy impression on them. Good habits are passed down to our children from us and it’s our job to make sure we are steering them in the right direction. Give these quick tips a try for bedtime and you will notice a difference right away in their behavior. It’ll keep their minds off the daunting task of brushing and will look forward to the next time that bedtime routine rolls around. You know what they say, time flies when you’re having fun!

So, when it’s time for their dental checkup, you can be rest assured that they will getting a passing grade for their excellent smile and an even better healthy and clean mouth. Give yourself a pat on the back, you have successfully mastered the teeth brushing conundrum.

ShowerMan will also like to add that it is not how fast you brush, it’s how thorough you are. Being clean and healthy takes careful attention to detail, especially when it comes to a healthy mouth. Remember that ShowerMan is always here to help you in your mission to stay away from harmful germs and bacteria, (No matter what those two knuckleheads Icky and Sticky might say to change your mind.)

Slow and steady always wins the race against harmful Dirt and Grime. 😉

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