Brush, Brush, Brush Your Teeth…

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on September 4, 2012

Getting your kiddos to brush their teeth can be a challenge, especially when you have lots of little ones. However, over the years I have learned some great ways to make dental hygiene a part of our regular routine without the fuss and fight. I’ve discovered that key to making sure your kiddos have good dental hygiene is to make it fun!

How do we Youngs make it fun? Well, here are just a couple of the ways we get those teeth and gums brushed, from the moment their first teeth begin to pop through…

  • Hand Baby a massaging brush to suck on and play with while you brush your teeth. You know that Baby just wants to do whatever you are doing, right along side of you.
  • Brush your growing baby’s teeth as you peek in to his mouth looking for his favorite farm animal. Make the animal sounds as you search around each tooth. And make sure you don’t miss any.
  • Sing songs to your toddler as he brushes his teeth on his own. This is not only fun, but it’s a great way to time the tooth brushing session. The Toothbrush Song will take you about two minutes to sing and it’s fun!

The Toothbrush Song
(sing to the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”)

Brush, brush, brush your teeth
Brush them everyday.
We put toothpaste on our brush
To help stop tooth decay.

Floss, floss, floss your teeth.
Floss them every day!
Using the string to clean between
Keeps the plaque away!

Clean, clean, clean your teeth.
Clean them every day!
Your teeth will shine for years to come
In the most beautiful way!

Brush, brush, brush your teeth.
Brush them every day!
Happy, healthy teeth you’ll have
If it’s done this way.

How have YOU made brushing teeth a normal part of your routine with your little ones? I’d love more ideas!

This post has been sponsored by MAM. MAM offers ideal products for oral care for infants without teeth (Oral Care Rabbit), teething babies (massaging brush and training brush) and toddlers (first brush). A toddler who grows up taking care of his/her teeth is less likely to throw a tantrum, or refuse to brush, than a toddler who only learns about oral care when mom starts introducing the concept after the first dentist appointment or a recommendation from the pediatrician. MAM Oral Care products “grow up” with babies and help moms practice good oral care from birth.

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Shana D September 5, 2012 at 4:43 pm

I used to do the baby massaging brush when my kiddos were little and with my younger two I still have them brush their teeth when I brush mine. We kind of race which gets my kids excited about brushing.
I love the song you created!
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Christine - From Dates to Diapers September 6, 2012 at 1:56 am

I wish I had created the song, Shana, but my mom sang this song to me when I was little. I honestly can’t remember where she got it, but I’m sure she didn’t create it either. I guess I should have researched it a bit, eh?

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Joyce September 29, 2012 at 11:30 am

I sing a very similar song to my kids that I made up, but I like this one better. :) Row, Row, Row Your Boat must be the universal tune for teeth-brushing time.
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Cat Davis September 6, 2012 at 11:42 am

Oddly my kids are always excited to brush their teeth. One thing we do is keep a variety of toothbrush flavors on hand and let them pick which one they want each evening. We also have a sticker chart and at the end of the month they get to pick a new character toothbrush.
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5 Minutes for Mom September 6, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Our kids do pretty well at brushing their teeth. We’ve been working with them on it since they were cutting their first teeth.

Love the song!
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Mel Lockcuff September 6, 2012 at 11:38 pm

Our boys do ok with brushing, but they’re old enough to floss now, and that’s more of the struggle. The first time my oldest went to the dentist, he came out with several cavities, so we’ve really tried to make brushing a priority, and mouthwash helps too. My youngest gets excited if he has a “cool” toothbrush with a favorite character on it, or even a favorite color.:) Love that song; that is so sweet.
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Katja of Skimbaco September 7, 2012 at 1:22 am

I love the song idea!
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Jessica @bkeepsushonest September 7, 2012 at 8:41 am

I totally need to do this song with my son. He likes the idea of brushing his teeth but doesn’t really get it just yet.
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Susan (5 Minutes for Mom) September 8, 2012 at 1:47 am

I found singing along while brushing really helped when my girls were young.
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April @ The 21st Century Housewife September 8, 2012 at 1:06 pm

What wonderful ideas! I especially like the idea of starting by giving baby a massaging brush very early on so they can do what you are doing.

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kellie | kids sunwear September 11, 2012 at 10:21 pm

My kid just love brushing her teeth. The song you made will surely make her want to enjoy more of her brushing session. Great tips! :D

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Jacob November 14, 2012 at 5:19 am

Your post made me smile as I remember my baby during those years that her teeth were starting to show. We also did those singing to make sure that we were brushing teeth for two minutes. Now, she’s asking me some kits for teeth whitening in atlanta that the family dentist has – now I’m sure the importance of whiter teeth were imbibed.

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