5 Tips To Improve Your Oral Health

Going back to school means getting new clothes, books, making sure lunches are made. But what about Oral Healthcare? I mean let’s face it, do we even think about brushing our teeth more than once a day as parents? Be honest. So why should our kids think about it? 

Arm & Hammer did this study that shows just how nasty Canadians mouths truly are and why we get a Failing grade when it comes to Oral Healthcare.

How to Create Better Oral Hygiene Habits

  1. Go to the dentist more often – Catching issues before they begin can result in saving yourself or your child unnecessary pain in the long run. 
  2. Brush your teeth at least twice a day – 57% of Canadians brush their teeth twice a day. Eeek, that’s a lot of tooth decay left over. Brushing gets rid of food and irritants that sit on our teeth causing bacteria so brushing more often is a definite way to keep your teeth feeling cleaner and fresher.
  3. Stay away from the Sugar Monsters – That’s right sugar creates monsters. The more sugar we eat the more it erodes our teeth. Plus sugar isn’t good for you anyhow. I try to give my kids veggies, cheese, milk and salads for lunches. If kids do want sugary treats, you can pick up low-sugar or no sugar diabetic treats as an alternative.
  4. Avoid things like tobacco and coffee – Cigarettes and Caffeine are known to stain our teeth as do other things we put into our mouths. Avoiding smoking isn’t just good for your overall health but can reduce your risk of oral cancer and gum disease. 
  5. Eat healthy foods that help keep teeth clean and strong – Certain foods are great at helping our bones and teeth grow stronger. Eating things like yogurt, cheese, drinking milk anything with calcium will help your teeth stay clean and strong. 
Church & Dwight offers an array of toothbrushes for kids and adults

Arm & Hammer has an array of toothbrushes which my kids absolutely love to help make brushing teeth more fun. Kids are the hardest to get to brush their teeth. As parents we can lead by example but there are other things we can do to help make brushing more of a habitual routine in our children. 

  • Create a song or a sing a tooth brushing song while your kids are brushing their teeth. 
  • Use a timer to make sure kids brush their teeth long enough. 
  • Buy a toothbrush you know your kids will not only love but one that is suited to them. Soft. Medium. Hard. Bristles make a difference. 
  • Make sure you kids have a travel brush to take with them on the go when staying overnight with grandparents or friends. 
  • Keep a tooth brushing chart and mark down each time your child brushes their teeth and give them a reward at the end of the week. 

No matter what you do, brushing your teeth is an important part of our everyday lives. So make it count! 

How many times do you brush your teeth a day? 

25 Comments

  1. lori butler September 17, 2016 at 4:43 am

    a good talk with the dentist, explaining the importance of their teeth and that they only get one set after their baby teeth fall out

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  2. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard September 13, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    we let them pick out their own toothbrushes

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  3. Andrea Amy September 13, 2016 at 11:36 am

    My 9 year old and 7 year old sons brush their teeth no problem, generally without needing to be prompted, but with my 6 year old I generally either have to bribe him or just grab his toothbrush and brush them myself as he hates it.

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  4. Stephanie LaPlante September 12, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Teach them about cavities and the importance of oral health.

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  5. Maritess S September 9, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    I make sure that when shopping for toothbrush and toothpaste I get them involved so they take ownership and are encourage to use what they chose.

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  6. Debbie White Beattie September 8, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    I let them know that from brushing they are keeping their teeth healthy and if they don’t take care of them they might lose their teeth

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  7. Debbie White Beattie September 8, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    I let them know that from brushing they are keeping their teeth healthy and if they don’t take care of them their permanent teeth will fall out

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  8. dave September 7, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    let them know dentist pull bad teeth

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  9. Joanne Frank September 7, 2016 at 4:46 am

    Brushing my teeth with them and making faces 🙂

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  10. Sheryl Altvater September 6, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    A sticker every time you brush. So many stickers you get a treat.

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  11. Jonnie September 6, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    We get our kids each their own toothpaste that they pick out and teach them to sing in their heads to know how long to brush for.

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  12. Treen Goodwin September 6, 2016 at 6:24 am

    I brush with my grandson at the same time , so i know he’s doing a good job and we floss together as well , we make a fun time of it !

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  13. Tina L. September 5, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    I like the kids pick out the toothbrush an toothpaste that they like

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  14. Laurie P September 5, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    no tricks needed here just yet….so far my kiddo willing does it 🙂

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  15. Mike Gismondi September 5, 2016 at 11:43 am

    We don’t read stories until the kids have brushed!

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  16. Tanis September 4, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    My husband makes it fun and sings songs with our kids to get them through brushing!

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  17. Karla Sceviour September 4, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    When my son was little,I let him pick out what toothpaste and toothbrush he wanted.

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  18. Amy C September 4, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    My tip is to reward no cavities at dentist appts that way my kids brush their teeth good every day.

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  19. Florence C September 4, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    I get the grandchildren new brushes often and toothpaste that they really like. I brush with them.

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  20. ivy pluchinsky September 4, 2016 at 11:09 am

    I get them to brush their teeth by using a fun brushing teeth app for kids

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    1. Mama J - Site Author September 4, 2016 at 1:13 pm

      Which app do you use Ivy? That sounds great

    2. ivy pluchinsky September 4, 2016 at 3:42 pm

      It’s called the Disney Magic Timer, I’m sure there are a few different apps you could get

  21. Jeannie Lam September 4, 2016 at 9:49 am

    We have a responsibility chart for each of our kids. If they brush their teeth, they earn a circle for their chart. For the most part, getting to brush isn’t too bad, but they do need to be reminded a lot to do it.

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  22. Tara Betterley September 4, 2016 at 9:05 am

    I tried to make it fun for them. I also used the timed toothbrushes so they knew how long to brush.

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  23. Judy Cowan September 4, 2016 at 8:50 am

    I find having a fun timer in the bathroom helps encourage them to brush and it also teaches them how long to brush for.

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