For the last several months, tooth brushing was an epic battle in our home every night before bed. I would try to brush, and my son would resist. The more I pushed, the more he resisted. Parenting is never simple, is it?
While it would be easier just to give up and forget about brushing, I recently learned a few startling facts. And it made me realize we NEEDED to do something about this problem.
Did you know that more than 51 million school hours are lost each year due to dental related illness, resulting in parents losing 25 million work hours annually?
Did you also know that 3 in 4 parents report that their kids sometimes or frequently forget to brush their teeth?
This is a serious issue. I also recently learned that National Brush Day is celebrated November 1st, the day after Halloween, to reinforce the importance of children’s oral health and to promote good tooth-brushing habits recommended by dental experts.
So in honor of National Brush Day, I wanted to share some really cool stuff with you! Together let’s help our kids WANT to brush! And be sure to scroll to the bottom and enter for the chance to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card! Woohoo!
Parenting is never simple.
This 30 second video is so encouraging and funny. If you are struggling to get your kids to brush, watch this first!
3 Super Secret Ways to Encourage Teeth Brushing
The ideal amount of time a child should brush his teeth is 2 minutes, which is a long time to a young child. Have your child watch this video while he brushes his teeth. I’m not huge on screen time, but this was a real life saver.
Teach your kids to love teeth brushing with this awesome game, in which your child will have two minutes to brush and scrub away the spell for each of the kingdom’s quirky inhabitants. From the Dragon to Little Red Riding Hood to the Pirate, your child can help them clean their teeth.
Sign up here and to see if YOUR family can beat the challege. You’ll get 2 texts per day for 5 days, plus occasional tips and fun facts afterward. This challenge is a great place to get the ball rolling with tooth brushing since 75% of kids forget to brush their teeth.
Giveaway Details for $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway:
In honor of National Brush Day (www.2min2x.org), Untrained Housewife and fellow bloggers are hosting a giveaway to help parents teach their children all those daily tasks that are so important to health and well-being. One lucky winner will receive a $100 Amazon Gift Card just in time for the holidays.
The giveaway starts on October 27, 2014 and will end 11:59pm on November 3, 2014. Open to US residents, 18 and older only and void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary – chances of winning depend on number of entries received.
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