Simple Tips for Maintaining Family Oral Health This post is sponsored by Colgate®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
There are so many things to learn when you have a baby: feeding amounts, safe sleep, and active playtime. Most parents do not consider oral health until their child has their first cavity. We are conscious of the products we use for ourselves as well as the products we use for our son, Otto. One thing we learned very fast is Otto watches everything we do and say. This has worked in our favor when starting to introduce him to brushing his teeth. We have been using Colgate® Zero Peppermint Toothpaste and Colgate® Zero Fresh Breath Mouthwash as part of Joe and I’s morning and evening routine and Colgate® children’s products for Otto. The Colgate® Zero Peppermint Toothpaste is made with 0% artificial flavors, sweeteners, preservatives and colors. The Colgate® Zero Fresh Breath Mouthwash is also free of artificial flavors, sweeteners and dyes, and kills 99% of germs.
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Once Otto started getting more comfortable with us around his face, we started implementing some tips and tricks recommended by the American Dental Association. Over time, we found fun and creative ways to get Otto to join us in taking care of his oral health.
1.) Start Early! Our dentist suggested bringing Otto to one of our appointments so he can get used to the office and what goes on there. Then he would learn that the dentist is a safe place to be.
2.) Once children are old enough to start teething, give them teething toys with bristles. They get used to the bristles on their gums, and it becomes familiar to them. Colgate® Zero Toothpaste for Kids 3-24 months is fluoride-free, and once your child is old enough to spit (or as Otto calls it “Pew”), they can switch to Colgate® Zero for Kids 2-6 years old, which is accepted by the American Dental Association.
3.) Take them for their first appointment after their first birthday. At this appointment, Otto got to meet his Dentist and pick a prize from their treasure chest. This also created a positive association for Otto at the office.
4.) Make it silly! Otto loves to try and brush my teeth with his brush and we hum silly songs as we brush. He thinks it’s hilarious to “Pew” (spit) into the sink as we go.
5.) When he was first learning to brush his teeth, we would give him a toothbrush in the bathtub. He would run it under the water and brush, brush, brush. I would sit on a stool next to the tub and make a game of brushing my own teeth.
6.) Not all products are one and the same. Make sure you are reading your labels. We chose Colgate® Zero Peppermint Toothpaste and Colgate® Zero Fresh Breath Mouthwash for Joe and I because they contain no artificial flavors or sweeteners. In fact, if you check out the Colgate page (https://www.colgate.com/en-us/american-mint-farmers), there are some great photos of their mint farmers. We were so impressed with the products that we wanted to use the children’s line for Otto.
It’s been so much fun watching Otto grow up and become more independent. The key with him is consistency and making it fun. Taking care of our physical and oral health by using safe products and ingredients is important to our family. We are excited to show off our pearly whites at our next dentist visit!