For the Family
1. Toothy Toolbox
Repurpose an old silverware tray into a toothbrush sorting station. Assign each member of the family a section, and let them store their brushes and floss in their slot. Wash the toolbox about once a week.
2. Dental Drawer Mat
If you do prefer to keep brushes, paste and floss handy but out of sight in a vanity drawer, you know what a sticky mess that creates. Make a dental "mess mat" to line the drawer! Remove it once a week or so and wipe it down.
Tooth-related pictures, stickers or cut-outs
Decorative details like glitter glue, markers or crayons
Plastic laminate contact paper
- Arrange pictures/cut-outs/stickers on construction paper and glue in place
- Accent with markers or glitter glue; your child can also write her name
- When dry, cut two pieces of laminate slightly larger than the construction paper
- Lay paper on one piece and place the other sheet of laminate on top
- Smooth out bubbles, and trim excess laminate
3. Customized Toothbrush Holders
Personalize each family member’s tooth-brushing station by creating personalized holders that match their personality.
Brushing Tips for Kids
- Baby teeth should be cleaned as soon as they appear; you can use a clean, dampened cloth or piece of gauze.
- Children can start using toothpaste as soon as they are old enough to not swallow it. Use a pea-sized dab on a soft-bristled brush with rounded ends.
- A fun toothbrush designed especially for little hands and a toothpaste in a kid-pleasing flavour can inspire better brushing!
- The recommended time for thorough brushing is three minutes. To make the time pass, choose a favourite song about that length and play it while brushing.
Tip: Be a good role model; whenever possible, do your brushing and flossing with your kids to show them that good dental care is a lifetime habit.
Learn more ideas for making brushing fun for kids in our guide.
Do you have any tips for maintaining dental health? Share them in the comments below!