This post on Dental Hygiene Hacks was sponsored by Give Kids A Smile, as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Having four kids, including one who is wearing Invisalign and one who had an injured tooth removed at a young age, I know how important dental health can be. Sadly, knowing how important it is, and getting four kids to brush are two totally different things. 😀 I’ve gotten creative, and smart, over the years with these dental hygiene hacks that give kids a smile!
Dental Hygiene Hacks that Give Kids a Smile
#1 TV Shows and Books
Lots of kids TV shows have episodes on visiting the dentist and dental hygiene. There are also lots of kids books about those topics as well. Those are great ways to introduce dental care to toddlers, especially if they are getting ready for their first dental check-up.
#2 Make It Fun
Brushing charts and special songs are easy ways to make teeth brushing fun. When you are faced with an anti-brusher, these are great ideas to eliminate time spent nagging.
#3 Keep Back-Ups
If you have toddlers or little kids in the house, keep back-ups of toothbrushes, floss, and even toothpaste. You never know when one will fall in the toilet, get lost, or you may walk into a toddler hiding in the bathroom and have NO idea what they brushed with the toothbrush in their hand…
#4 Monkey See, Monkey Do
Brush your teeth and floss with them. When they see you doing what you are asking them to do, it makes it easier to get them to do it.
#5 Involve Them
Take them to the store to pick out toothbrushes and toothpaste. Get them involved in their dental care as much as you can. It helps them feel in control of their teeth, and mine are more apt to brush when it’s a flavor they like. 😉
#6 Take Advantage of Community Resources
We all know that visiting the dentist regularly is important. But, lack of dental coverage can hinder kids from getting dental healthcare. Even with the availability of Medicaid and improvements in the coverage of children’s dental care under the Affordable Care Act, there are too many children suffering with tooth decay. The number one chronic infectious disease among children in the U.S., tooth decay affects 42% of children aged 2 to 11 years old, and almost 50% of minority, underserved, and Medicaid recipients suffer from untreated caries. Thankfully there are community resources available, like Give Kids a Smile.
Celebrating their 15th anniversary, Give Kids A Smile volunteers are once again dedicating their time to improving the smiles of underserved kids. Not only do they receive free dental services, they also provide oral health literacy and education. GKAS is available in our town, and there are a few times over the years that my children have received dental care. The school sends home a form to fill out, and the bus takes them to the dental office that is hosting Give Kids a Smile. It’s a very easy process, and your kids come home with clean teeth!
As a mom, I appreciate when someone else cares about my child’s health as much as I do. There have been over half a million volunteers, including dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, dental technicians, dental office staff, dental students, teachers, parents, school nurses, and many other community health professionals, who have given their time and talents over the GKAS program’s 15 year history. To that, I say THANK YOU! Thank you for bringing what started as a one-day grassroots event in St. Louis, to children across 50 states, with the support of the American Dental Association.
For more dental hygiene hacks and tips, visit MouthHealthy.org