5 Oral Care Tips for Kids

Kids love their candies, chocolates, other sugar-loaded treats and starchy food like potato chips, yet they usually run away from the sight of a toothbrush. As a parent, it’s your duty to ensure the little ones practice good oral hygiene, and the easiest way is to make flossing and brushing fun. Here are five easy ways how.

1. Let them choose

One simple way of making brushing fun for kids is letting them choose their own toothbrush. There are many colorful ones aimed at children, such as Colgate Barbie and Colgate Spiderman. These are emblazoned with cartoon characters, and have extra-soft bristles and a smaller head. Having a toothbrush they like will only make your kids look forward to brushing their teeth, and that’s a valuable habit to have.

2. Skip the sweets

When we eat, acids are produced that attack teeth and lead to decay. The more sugar or starch a food has, the more acid it produces, making candy, chocolates and potato chips a big no-no’s for children. Instead of banning treats altogether, which might encourage rebellion, try feeding your kids dairy products instead. These act as a buffer to the acids and lower the risk of tooth decay. But if your children must have candy, reduce the frequency of intake, and make sure they eat them after meals; there is more saliva in the mouth then, which better protects the teeth. They should also rinse their mouth with water afterwards.

3. Brush together

Don’t just send your children up to the bathroom to brush and floss their teeth — do it together! This way, you’ll be setting a good example, and they’ll be more likely to make brushing a habit. You’ll also be able to monitor their brushing technique and correct them if they go wrong. Children usually need supervision when brushing their teeth until the age of 8 years.

4. Let the games begin!

Lighten the mood and inject a bit of fun into oral hygiene by letting your kids enjoy one of Colgate’s educational games and activities http://www.colgate.com/app/Kids-World/US/Games-And-Activities.cvsp.

For starters, download the Brush Chart, which children can color in and mark off every day after they brush their teeth.

5. Story time

Kids love adventure stories and fairy tales, so make every brushing and flossing session a storytelling event. For example, you can make up a battle of the evil germs versus the good and mighty power of toothpaste. All you need is a healthy imagination, and if you have cartoon-themed toothpastes and toothbrushes, well then, those are your characters right there!

Top Tips for Good Oral Care During Childhood

  • Brushing and flossing
    Begin using toothpaste to brush your child's teeth when he (or she) is 2 years old. Young children tend to swallow toothpaste when brushing, rather than spitting it out. Introduce fluoride toothpaste when your child is old enough not to swallow it. As soon as two teeth touch each other, floss between them once a day. You can use regular floss or special plastic floss holders.

  • Dental visit
    New parents often ask, "When should my child first see a dentist?” Your child should see a dentist by his or her first birthday.

Brushing can be fun!

Brushing teeth with kids toothpastes and toothbrushes can be a fun activity. Check out our products to choose the one right for your child