Getting your kids to brush their teeth can be a challenge getting them to brush right can be even more difficult. But, the right toothpaste and proper at-home dental care can prevent parents from paying hundreds of dollars out-of-pocket on preschooler cavities at the dentist, especially for families without dental insurance.
For the first time in 40 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted an increase in the number of preschoolers with cavities; and, dentists nationwide say they are seeing more preschoolers at all income levels with six to 10 cavities or more. (Recent New York Times article)
To help encourage the recommended two to three minutes of brushing, prevent preschooler cavities and make dental care fun for your children, check out these seven toothpaste tips from around the web and our Toothbrush Task Force:
- All Natural: Keep your kids healthy with toothpaste from Toms of Maine. This brand sells products with only natural ingredients, and is the only natural kids fluoride toothpaste that is ADA-accepted to help prevent cavities. Flavors come in silly-strawberry and orange-mango.
- Color-Changing: If your kids dont like brushing their teeth, try Vortex toothpaste that makes brushing more effective by slowly changing colors from red and blue to purple. Its sure to encouraging your kids to brush longer.
- Animated: Enrollment specialists at DentalPlans.com, Risa and Nancy, find that their daughters dont necessary prefer one brand of toothpaste to another. Its all about the look of the tube and the characters on them. Risa goes with anything with Dora on it, and Nancys daughter likes Orajels Little Bear.
- Bright: Kids like things that grab their attention. Nancy also suggests using Kids Crest Cavity Protection toothpaste with sparkles. Her daughter loves how it shimmers on her toothbrush, plus, it comes in fun colors and it tastes good.
- Timed: You can teach your kids to brush for a full two minutes with a fun, flashing lights toothbrush that also works as a timer, like the GUM® Crayola Timer Light.
- Grown-Up: What kid doesnt like feeling all grown up like mommy and daddy every once in a while? Two of our DentalPlans.com moms, Sage and Melissa, give their kids the same minty toothpaste they use to brush. They dont mind the taste, and they like imitating their parents.
- Tasty: If all else fails, you can try ice cream or chocolate flavored toothpaste! Tanners Tasty Paste offers toothpaste that kids will love. And, dont worry, its healthy! These flavorful toothpastes are fluoride-free and contain Xylitol.
What do you do with your kids to get them to brush their teeth and prevent preschooler cavities? Share with us in the comments below!