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Oral Health 2012: That's How We Do

The Oregon Dental Association has launched a new public service campaign aimed at little kids called “Teach Me How to Brushy”.

It’s basically a rap video (a really well-done rap video) designed to promote healthy oral hygiene at an early age.

This couldn’t come at a better time because I am taking my two-year-old daughter, Mazzy to her first dentist appointment this coming Monday.

I have absolutely no idea how she will react. I have a tough time getting her to sit still in a chair, let alone sit still while someone shoves a bunch of metal tools in her mouth.

Getting my daughter to brush her teeth has been interesting exercise that we started very early on.

Mazzy, stubborn little thing that she is, has always insisted on brushing her teeth herself, which basically means sucking the water and the Elmo swallowable toothpaste out of the brush.

I tried everything to get her to let me brush her teeth for her or at least do it semi-correctly— especially now that we’ve introduced ice cream and cookies into her life (in limited quantities, for course). I even tried brushing my teeth alongside her, in an effort to demonstrate the correct way to do it.

About two weeks ago, Mazzy finally decided to let me brush her teeth for her. She opens her mouth, we both make an “aaaah” noise throughout the process and it’s become kind of a game. She says it tickles.

I’m not sure why she had the change of heart and now thinks toothbrushing is fun. Maybe she saw Oregon Dental’s public service announcement?

Check it out below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ugQLL65BKc[/youtube]

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