Tales from the Tooth: Example Always WinsCasey Mullins
Vivi and Addie have basically the same bedtime, meaning they both get ready for bed at the same time. We’ve been using the ol’ finger tip toothbrush on Vivi for several months now as well as baby tooth wipes. However, my finger is tired of being bit. It doesn’t matter that I have a rubber “toothbrush” on my finger, when the baby bites down, she bites down HARD. So today while we were at the grocery store I bought baby’s first legit toothbrush.
Since we all use electric toothbrushes in this house we can all be found waiting out our two minutes with toothbrush in hand and mouth. At some point Vivi realized our toothbrushes do a grand amount of vibrating and so whenever she sees one of us brushing our teeth she begs for us to lean down so she can touch the handle of our brushes. This morning she took it one step further and tried to brush for me, her “help” was appreciated but not needed (turns out she’s a little too aggressive with the toothbrushing.)
As soon as I picked out the right size toothbrush for her she demanded I give it to her. As soon as she had it in her hand she went straight to “brushing” her own teeth. Lips curled back, brush furiously moving back and forth and she even made a deep little buzzing sound to make up for the lack of batteries in her first toothbrush. I certainly don’t remember Addie picking up on toothbrushing that quickly. I can only imagine it’s the constant example that Vivi has that has led her to be such an excited brusher.
My last worry was the battle that would ensue at the sink. Vivi is what one would call “strong willed” or “stubborn as an ox.” She likes to do things her way and BY HERSELF THANK YOU. I was fully expecting to have to battle her for the toothbrush but as soon as a plunked her up on the counter and put the brush up in front of her mouth? She bared her teeth and let me scrub them shiny. She did bite down on it several times and releasing it from her jaws of toddler terror made me appreciate it was the toothbrush feeling the pressure and not my finger anymore.
Both girls brushed side by side at the sink tonight, there was far more laughter and drooling than usual, but it got done and everyone went to bed with clean chompers. Even if your kids are still really young, babies even, today was proof that it’s never too early to start setting an example by letting your kids see you brush your teeth often and well.
I received products from Johnson & Johnson as part of my participation in the LISTERINE® Kids Cavity-Free School Year Program. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own. Click here to see more of the discussion.