This paid post is brought to you by the new free Oral-B Disney Timer App as part of a Type-A Parent Community Sponsored Post.
Does anyone else out there have trouble getting your kids to brush their teeth for more than 15 seconds? That’s about how long my preschooler thinks it takes to get her pearly whites nice and clean.
My 22-month-old, who is totally not old enough to be in charge of her own oral health care routine, begs to differ. “LAYAH DO!!!!” is what she screams while grabbing her toothbrush and then proceeding to eat the toothpaste and chew on the toothbrush like it is a piece of candy.
Once again: um, no.
I needed to devise a plan that would keep the girls in one place, and inspire them to brush, brush, brush! And then I thought, “Why not clean their teeth when they are cleaning everything else?” So I marched the toothbrushes and toothpaste over to the tub. And that is where they live now, true story.
Clean Your Body, Clean Your Teeth!
I can’t promise you that this tactic is going to work for your kids, but I can tell you that it is working GREAT for mine. Brushing teeth has become yet another activity that the girls have added to their bathtime fun each night, and I have found that the little one will copy what her big sister is doing (actually brushing her teeth) and the older one will brush for much longer before wanting to be done if she’s brushing in the tub. So everyone ups their tooth brushing game! Executing this is so simple. Just grab your kids’ Crest, put it on the tub railing, and they will get the idea!
Oral-B Disney Timer App
Of course, not every single night can be a bubble bath extravaganza around here. Sometimes we’re just running behind in life and have to skip the bath. And we don’t do morning baths, either. So for the start of the day and for nights without tub time, we turn to the Oral-B Disney Timer App. It’s FREE (yes, indeed!) and it gives your child a timer AND a visual to show where they should be brushing, and for how long. It does 30 seconds for top right, and then 30 seconds for bottom right, and then over to the other side.
I may have used it a time or two, myself, as I totally don’t usually brush for 2 minutes (I would have guessed that I came close, but after watching those seconds tick away, I realized I fall way short of the recommended amount of time). The app helps me get in the habit, too!
So that’s the latest crazy trick I have up my sleeves, but it is SO simple and SO effective. Bath time = brushing time, and using the app keeps us on track!
This is a paid post is brought to you by the new free Oral-B Disney Timer App as part of a Type-A Parent Community Sponsored Post. Featuring sixteen of your favorite Disney and Marvel characters, use this app to seamlessly encourage your kids to brush longer. Collect a new digital sticker after each successful two minutes of brushing; track progress with stars and milestone badges on the Brushing Calendar. Longer, happier brushing for your little one is just a download away!