Any parent knows how hard it can be to get their kids to take care of their teeth. The challenges of getting them to brush correctly, to brush long enough, and the extra hard part of flossing. Kids just don’t want to. Or if they do, they are so quick about it they aren’t taking good enough care.
We want to help you. We’ve come up with a list of products and videos that can make things interesting and fun for you kids. The videos will help them to learn the correct way to take care of their teeth, and with these products they will be happy to do it.
10 Dental Products For Kids
- Tooth Tissues – This product is for babies and toddlers. Dr. Grace Lo and Dr. Jon Lo, dentists and parents, developed this product when they saw so many cases of early childhood cavities. They realized that it can be tough to get you little ones to sit still while you brush their teeth so they developed an easy to use wipe. It is textured to help remove plaque, disposable with no harmful chemicals, and naturally flavored.They’re even nice to use for teething. You can massage your child’s gums and give them a little bit of relief. You can find out more on their website at www.toothtissues.com.
- Brushies – Developed by Dr. Colleen Crowley and Dr. Hilary Fritsch, dentists and mothers, this is more of a tooth brush disguised as a finger puppet for babies and toddlers. It comes in multiple colors and designs. With your first purchase you can also get a book specially written to go with. Use the book as a distraction while brushing, or as a reward for when you’re done. You can find out more on their website at www.thebrushies.com.
- Firefly Light-up Timer Toothbrush – This product is for ages 3 and up. It comes in multiple colors and designs, including Barbie and superheroes. The toothbrush lights up for 60 seconds so it’s easy for your kids to know how long to brush. You can find out more on their website at www.firelytoothbrush.com.
- BrushyBall – For ages 3 and up, BrushyBall is a great way to teach your kids how to brush their teeth. A yellow head that sits on your bathroom counter, it holds your toothbrush and then when it’s time to start brushing it opens to show a full mouth and set of teeth. The teeth light up and the head talks you through it, from brushing the teeth on the inside to the outside. You can choose English, Spanish, or a musical song to guide you. You can find out more at www.brushyball.com.
- Philips Sonicare For Kids – Most adults are aware of the Sonicare toothbrush, using the power of sonic waves to help break up plaque as you brush. Philips has developed a kid’s sonic toothbrush and a free interactive app to go with it. The toothbrush uses Bluetooth technology to connect to your phone or tablet. You simply download the app and when your child is ready to brush it will display good brushing tips. An interactive character guides them through brushing their whole mouth from top to bottom. The app also tracks their brushing time so parents can monitor how their kids are doing without having to be in the room with them. You can find out more at www.usa.philips.com.
- Zellie’s Mints, Gums, and Candies – Zellie’s has products for all ages. Zellie’s is a line of sweets that uses xylitol, a healthier alternative to sugar. Xylitol is said to have 40% less calories than regular sugar. Regular sugar feeds the bacteria that causes cavities, but xylitol feeds ‘good bacteria’, the bacteria that fights cavities. Xylitol can also make it difficult for plaque to stick to your teeth. You can find out more on their website at www.zellies.com.
- Monkey Flossers – Developed by Brush Buddies, Monkey Flosser is a different take on the regular plastic C shaped flosser. Designed with kids in mind they come in bright colors and shaped like a monkey hanging from a tree. They hold the floss making it easier for kids to get between their teeth. You can find out more at www.brushbuddies.com.
- GumChucks – For all ages. Flossing is hard enough for adults, trying to get kids to floss is almost impossible. Many people find that their hands can’t hold the floss well enough to move it around all sides of the teeth so GumChucks Pro Floss developed a new system where you don’t have to. GumChucks comes with two handles and multiple pairs of flossing heads. You insert the flossing heads into each handle and then you can grip the floss with your whole hand instead of just your fingertips. GumChucks for Kids has also developed an app, Kids can fight the Mouth Mob to stop plaque and cavities. You can find out more at www.gumchuckkids.com.
- Tom’s of Maine Silly Strawberry Fluoride-Free Tooth Paste – For babies and toddlers. Tom’s of Maine makes an all-natural fluoride-free toothpaste. It uses calcium carbonate as a mild abrasive and to rebuild tooth enamel. There is no fluoride so you don’t have to worry if your child swallows any, and the natural strawberry flavor makes it taste good! You can find out more at www.tomsofmaine.com.
- ACT Kids Anticavity – The American Dental Association recommends mouthwash for kids over 6-years-old. ACT Kids Anticavity uses a concentrated form of fluoride so it only needs to be used once a day, not of twice. Pharmacists and dentists agree ACT mouthwash is the most recommended product of its kind. The bottle has an exact dosage meter under the cap which makes it easy for kids to use. It comes in multiple flavors, so let your kids decide which flavor they want and they’ll be more likely to use it. Be sure to teach your kids good rinsing habits when they start using mouthwash. You can find out more at www.actoralcare.com.
Helpful Videos And Apps
- Tooth Brushing Song by Blippi (youtube) – This 4-minute video can be found on youtube and features the well-known kids character Blippi. Blippi has made a song to show little kids the importance of brushing their teeth, and how to do it right. You can find it by clicking on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ku-ForS6G3I
- How to Brush Your Teeth Properly (youtube) – Created by My Kids Dentist this video will get kids interested in brushing their teeth. Fun characters teach them about plaque and cavities. It shows them how to brush their teeth right. At only 3-minutes long kids have no problem sitting down to watch. You can find it by clicking on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDZXSMU2lAk
- Brushing Teeth Song (youtube) – This video was created by BabyFirst TV. It is a short video that is just over a minute long with a fun song. You can play this while your child brushes their teeth to distract them. It’s also great to show them how long they need to brush for. When the video is done, so are they! You can find it by clicking on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKBM_h2gMiM
With these tips we’re sure your kids will have great fun while they do it to! From toothbrushes that light up, to a talking head that guides you through learning, your child will have many ways to learn and be engaged while brushing their teeth. If you would like more information just speak with your child’s dentist. When it comes to kids, dentists agree you can’t do too much to help protect their teeth. Learning good habits while they young, before they get their adult teeth, is critical.
For younger children brushing their teeth can be difficult. Some may fight you when they are first getting used to it. If you stick with it, it won’t take long for them to understand and let you brush their teeth without a fuss. Just remember, the key is to not give up! Once they realize that brushing their teeth is not an option they will stand there calmly until you’re done. When that happens, you will know what a great thing it is you’ve done to help them have healthy teeth and a healthy mouth.