Getting your kids to brush their teeth can sometimes be difficult for a wide variety of reasons. The most important thing to keep in mind is choosing the right toothpaste for your kids. Main stream kids toothpastes contain a wide variety of questionable chemicals, and the fact that they will be putting this in their mouths is definitely cause for concern. My advice is that you purchase natural kids toothpaste. Even when choosing a self proclaimed natural kids toothpaste you may want to watch out for some of the following chemicals; alcohol, artificial sweeteners, parabens, salicylates, sodium lauryl sulfates (SLS), triclosan. These chemicals can have a wide variety of ill effects from drying the tissue, causing canker sores, allergies and concerns with cancer. Once you have found the natural kids toothpaste you like, have your kids try it and see if they like the taste.
It is very important that they like the taste because if they don’t, it will make getting your kids to brush their teeth even harder. You can have your kids try numerous kids toothpastes until they find the one they like. I like Junior Varsity Naturals Kids Toothpaste you can find them at http://www.toothpasteforkids.com but there are a lot of different companies that offer good natural kids toothpastes, again let your kids decide which one they like best because the most important thing is that your kids actually brush their teeth. Next step is getting your kids a toothbrush. Sounds pretty simple right? It is, but keep in mind, the size of the toothbrush is important because you want the brush to fit their little mouths or brushing can end up being uncomfortable or even painful. If your kids have sensitive teeth and gums make sure to pick the softest brush you can find. You may even want to let your kids pick it out. It may be a good idea to find a fun toothbrush with bright colors or even cartoon characters. It will make brushing seem like a fun time.
Get excited when it comes time to brush, and get your kids excited about it. Have a good time with it, as if it is a really fun thing, almost play time. Let your kids know it\’s time to brush away all of that bad bacteria that can cause cavities with that natural kids toothpaste. Explain to your kids that after they eat a bad thing called bacteria begins to run rampant in their mouths and it is very important to brush, brush, and brush away that bad bacterium so they have white, healthy and clean teeth. Make sure your kids are only using a small amount of toothpaste so that it doesn\’t foam up to much and cause a gag reflex. Even though there are kids toothpastes that are safe to swallow never let them get in the habit of doing that. They may end up using a mainstream kids toothpaste and end up getting sick because of it. I wish you the best of luck in picking a good natural kids toothpaste and promoting proper oral care with your kids.