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Mission Healthy Mouths: Tools to Help Your Kids Take Care of Their Teeth

Does your child struggle with taking care of his teeth? I know there have been times with my children when it seemed like I was, well, pulling teeth to get them to do it.

I’ve already talked about books that encourage them, tips to make the process fun, and that bringing toddlers along with older siblings to dental check-ups can ease dental anxiety. Today I’m sharing some tools that teach kids how to take care of their teeth.

Check them out!

Track Progress:  Download a reward calendar from Listerine.com! Your child will love being able to tangibly track his or her progress.

Use Music: Find a favorite song of your child’s and use it as a “soundtrack” to tooth brushing time.

Make it Silly: While your child is rinsing with anti-cavity wash, have a silly face contest.

Have fun: Encourage older kiddos to play games like Mission Magnetizer, which teaches them about dental care while they play! And bonus: it’s free!

Watch a Video: YouTube has many toddler-appropriate videos about the importance of brushing, flossing and rinsing. Here’s one that my daughter likes, and it’s great because it’s soothing and not stimulating right before bedtime.

Have you found any tools that help your kids take care of their teeth? I’d love to hear about them!

I received products from Johnson & Johnson as part of my participation in the LISTERINE® KidsCavity-Free School Year Program. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own. Click here to see more of the discussion.

More by Mary Lauren:

Toddlers and Teeth: Tips for Making Brushing, Flossing and Rinsing Fun

A Toddler’s Trip to the Dentist

10 Books Encouraging Toddlers to Brush Their Teeth


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