This post and party were sponsored by ACT Kids Toothpaste but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Remember last month, when Peyton had all that dental work done? We have been focusing on better oral health ever since the dentist announced she had 6 cavities. Despite all my efforts, all my nagging, all my constant reminders to brush her teeth didn’t work. She didn’t brush her teeth. There were nights we would go around and around about it. It’s a daily battle, one that parents and kids are having all over the world.
According to a recent survey*, nearly 4 in 10 moms (35%) say getting their kid(s) to brush their teeth is one of their most frustrating daily battles, in line with convincing their kid(s) to eat their vegetables (38%) and putting their kid(s) to bed at night (40%).
I’m right there with those moms! I will admit, I don’t’ have the vegetable issue but I do have the teeth brushing and bedtime issue.
One of Peyton’s biggest excuses for not brushing her teeth is she doesn’t like the flavor of the toothpaste. I get that. I wouldn’t want to stick something I didn’t like in my mouth and then brush it all over my teeth. Luckily for her, ACT Kids Toothpaste comes in bubble gum and fruit punch flavors.
I remember when I first started brushing Peyton’s teeth there was only certain toothpaste I could use with her. They were very sweet, which I feel led to the issues we have today. ACT Kids Toothpaste is now available for kids ages 2 years and older. This is perfect for families with multiple kids. Now you don’t need to have several kinds of toothpaste sitting on the counter, you can have one for the kids and one for the adults. For my brother’s family, this means the 3-year-old and 10-year-old can use the same tube, now they just have to agree on the flavor.
Recently, we got the kids together to do a little brushing brush up. I wanted to see just how much all the kids knew about brushing their teeth. Plus, I also got the bill for those 6 cavities and I wanted to drill home the importance of oral care with Peyton. I really like the idea of a brushing chart. We already have a chore chart so why not encourage good habits with a brushing chart? I told Peyton if she fills up her chart without missing one day I’d take her out to the movies. Just a mommy daughter date.
We also discussed healthy food choices and foods that can be harsher on our teeth. Fortunately, none of the kids in our get together drink soda but they do like their juice, except Peyton she’s a milk and water type of kid. But, juice and milk can cause decay. We discussed how we want to brush our teeth after each meal to get the food and sugar off so they do not cause decay. We also talked about how drinking water between meals is not only better for our teeth but for our overall health.
The kids seemed to be pretty pumped up about the brushing chart and couldn’t wait to get home to start brushing those teeth. Hopefully, we’ve made an impact. Each child was sent home with a brand new toothbrush and either a bubble gum or fruit punch tube of ACT Kids Toothpaste. New ACT Kids Toothpaste is available at a variety of retail locations, including select Walmart, Walgreens and Target locations. You can print a coupon on ACTKidsSavings.com
Parents, keep up the good fight. Let’s get our children excited about brushing their teeth with charts and rewards. Find them a flavor of toothpaste they want to use. Trust me, a toothbrush and toothpaste is much cheaper than cavities. Make your brushing routine fun and hopefully, the struggle will fade away. With Peyton, getting 6 cavities filled last month somewhat snapped her into shape. Now we only have a meltdown every third night or so rather than every night. Check out ACT for more information to help get your family into the brushing groove.
*This survey was sponsored by Sanofi Consumer Healthcare and conducted online using Toluna’s QuickSurveys methodology between February 13, 2017 and February 14, 2017 among 1,150 moms with children between the ages of two and 12 in the USA. Respondents for Toluna QuickSurveys are selected from among those who have agreed to participate in Toluna surveys.
Toluna’s SmartSelectTM methodology was used to promote sample representativeness. SmartSelect relies on statistical matching rather than probability sampling to select survey respondents, based on demographic, attitudinal and behavioral characteristics that match those of the target population. Figures for age, gender, region, race/ethnicity, education and income are also weighted to bring them into line with their actual proportions within the population. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to participate in Toluna surveys, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.