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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Orbit for Kids. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. Read on to get tips on how to improve dental health.
In the past, I’ve shared about both personal and family struggles with dental health. My personal ‘journey’ is seeing some pay off when I sit in the dental chair. However, we still struggle with certain boys in doing what it takes to improve their dental health. After all, it’s ‘hard’ to take time away from fun activities to do something so mundane as brushing your teeth. Thanks to the opportunity to review Orbit for Kids, I am hopeful that at least ONE of the boys is making strides in this area.
Tips to Improve Dental Health for Your Child
Acquire the proper tools
Do you have everything at the ready for your child’s oral hygiene routine. The basics are a toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss.
For a younger child, I really like the individual dental floss picks as you can help them get the job done without trying to jockey your adult sized fingers in their tiny mouth. And when it comes to equipment, I like to find character brushes for the younger crowd and introduce an inexpensive power toothbrush once they are preschool age (around 3.) Once they are old enough to not swallow, a good mouth wash could help kill the bad bacteria. Or, you can get the wash that stains the plaque to have them see where they are missing when brushing.
Make Oral Hygiene a Fun Time
While an older child might not need the ‘fun’ factor as much as a younger child, it never hurts to make those minutes spent in the bathroom a bit fun. Find a few songs that take 2 minutes to sing and sing them for your child while they brush. For an older child, you can use a small hourglass or timer to help them keep brushing for that time frame. That older child can also be challenged to have fewer ‘hot spots’ show up when using a wash to stain the plaque after doing their initial brushing.
Inspect their work
Like everything else in a child’s life, they need a responsible adult to check the job for completeness. I’ve had to do this for boys even at elementary ages. For a young child, I might do the brushing first and then have them brush to get the hang of it. But, as they get older, I let them do the brushing and I inspect to see how they did.
Incorporate Gum Chewing
Did you know that chewing a sugar free gum like Orbit for Kids can actually help protect your child’s teeth? It’s true!
Chewing a sugarfree gum, like Orbit for Kids, allows helps to clear the mouth of food debris while also stimulating the flow of saliva. Combined, the effects help to protect teeth by reducing plaque acids and strengthening teeth.
My boys were tickled over the opportunity to review the new Orbit for Kids gum in Strawberry Banana flavor sold for $1.29 suggested retail for a packet of 14 pieces of gum.
I didn’t bother to tell them that chewing this gum could help their dental health. Instead, I let them enjoy it and let all the benefits flow on their own. Everyone has been enjoying the gum and I suspect it will be on my shopping list for the future. The biggest challenge I now face is a preschooler that desperately wants to chew gum like the big boys, but consistently swallows it after a few minutes.
How do you tackle dental health with your kids?
Do you incorporate the chewing of sugar free gum, like Orbit for Kids, in your kid’s oral hygiene routine?