One of the fun facts about me was that I used to be a dental nurse. I also have a major phobia of dentists so looking after my teeth to avoid needing treatment is essential!
Having children of my own has made me think a lot about the way I clean my teeth and how to encourage them to brush their teeth effectively. Nothing is more terrifying than being a role model!
The Big Family Brush Up is a campaign by Denplan to encourage parents to get their children brushing their teeth properly twice a day by setting a good example. Their website has a brushing chart and a book to download. There is also a chance to win an electric toothbrush for your child!
I’m lucky that my children have all been fab about brushing their teeth. Matthew still hasn’t lost any of his milk teeth despite being 7! I think Anya may lose a tooth before him! Zach has a tendency to bite his brush, he only has 10 teeth so far.
Actually my mum taught the kids a song to brush their teeth to (the tune is ‘Row, row, row your boat’):
Brush, brush, brush your teeth
Brush them top and bottom,
Brush them really carefully
So they don’t go rotten.
So some simple rules: brush for two minutes twice a day, change your toothbrush every 3 months. Extra advice: use a tongue scraper, many kids brushes have them on the back. Use floss to remove chunks of food after a meal (Anya has tiny gaps between her teeth that meat in particular gets stuck in). In the early days make it FUN!
*I was sent a gift from Denplan but all words and opinions are my own.