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The new year is often a time when we make promises and commit to new habits but it’s also a really good time to look at current habits and routines and see if there’s any that need to be reinforced or improved.
One of the most important parts of the family routine, at times most trying and one I find myself enforcing most often is tooth brushing. Now the youngest is 6, each one of the children knows how important it is for them to brush their teeth twice a day for 2 minutes but still from the youngest to the eldest, they still need regular reminders. Or at least they did until we tried out some fun new games to encourage them to brush their teeth regularly and for long enough and got them reminding one another to brush their teeth.
The main inspiration for this begun when trialling the Aquafresh Brush Time app. In the past, I may well have written this sort of thing off as a gimmick but we’ve already been using a timer on the phone to get them brushing long enough and this is totally free to use and without a doubt far more inspiring. The children always enjoy a challenge and the app feels like one because each time they brush along with it they unlock more backgrounds, songs and clothing for their chosen character. The App allows you to add up to four family members (perfect for my lot), they chose a character from a choice of 4 who then sings and dances on screen whilst they brush.
The catchy songs add some real fun to the tooth brushing process but are also practical, reminding which direction to brush and to move around their mouth ensuring each part has been cleaned.
At 12 and 14 the older two may be a little mature for catchy tunes but they’re not beyond a challenge which I expanded a little by rewarding the first person who reminds everyone else to do their teeth. It has now become a race each morning to jump out of bed and shout ‘brush your teeth’ and each time I hear it I feel a wave of relief it’s no longer me doing the shouting.
The older children reminding and encouraging the younger children sets such a good example. They know how important it is to take good care of their teeth but can still be a little lazy at times and having this responsibility ensures they stay on track too.
The children’s teeth are changing and developing with them and Aquafresh cater for this with brushes and toothpaste suited to their current dental requirements and they absolutely love each having their own special one. The eldest now uses Aquafresh Triple Protection for adults and ages 12 and over to keep breath fresh, teeth strong and gums healthy; from ages, 9-12 Advance helps to protect new teeth which are more vulnerable to cavities because they take up to 3 years to reach full strength. The younger 2 use Big Teeth for children aged 6-8 years which provides everything needed to protect the new big teeth whilst looking after the last of the little ones and even cleaning gaps.
Fifi demonstrated this perfectly by actually loosing her top front tooth whilst we were taking the pictures for this post. She was able to clean the gap and new big tooth poking through beneath with her Big Teeth paste to give it a great start.
Of course she also polished the old tooth ready for the tooth fairy who was incredibly pleased how clean and shiny it was!
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