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I have always encouraged good oral hygiene habits with my children (just as my parents did with me). They have gone to the dentist since they were 2-years old and learned over the years how to properly take care of their teeth and gums. This includes flossing and using a rinse to help protect their teeth.
I also made sure my kids chewed sugar-free gum, in an effort to prevent cavities. Not just any gum will do though, it has to have a good flavor to keep kids interested. One such flavor is Orbit for Kids Strawberry Banana sugar-free gum! This gum has a yummy, fruity flavor that will keep kids happy, but it is also beneficial. Orbit for Kids neutralizes plaque acids, stimulates saliva flow and keeps kids teeth clean! Who knew?
Orbit for Kids can be used as part of your child’s oral care routine. Make sure you keep some in your purse, because if your child(ren) aren’t able to brush after a meal, they can chew a piece of Orbit for 20 minutes. This will get the saliva flowing, which helps to protect teeth (think of it as a defense mechanism). When saliva production is increased, it will neutralize plaque acids. Chewing Orbit for Kids gum after a meal will also remove food particles from their teeth. These are all BIG reasons to smile!
Over the years, I have discovered a few things that help with getting kids to brush their teeth (and even enjoy it). One really important thing is the right toothbrush. Kids have small mouths (although sometimes we may not believe this!), and if they have a toothbrush that is too large, they may be missing some important, hard to reach areas in their mouth.
I have also found that if you can make it fun to floss and brush, they are more likely to want to do it often. Make up a song, a poem, riddle, etc. to entertain them while they are brushing. Of course, just playing your child’s favorite song is a great way to get them to brush as well. Pick one that is at least two minutes long and they will know that they can stop brushing when the song is finished. It is important to supervise them though, as they might end up singing too much, and not brushing enough!
My friend’s daughter and I talked about good oral hygiene and I asked her how she knows how long to brush. She told me that they set a timer and when the alarm buzzes she knows she can stop brushing.
I asked her how she liked the flavor of the Orbit for Kids Strawberry Banana Sugar-Free gum and she said she liked it a lot. She doesn’t know how to blow bubbles yet, but she is hoping to learn soon 🙂 Orbit for Kids is also available in original bubble gum flavor.
How do you encourage oral wellness with your kids? Do you have any tips and tricks to share?
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