Brushtime has not always been easy here but its something I have persisted with, good dental hygiene is vital. Sadly very young children these days already have multiple fillings because of diets high in sugar. My two accept its part of their daily routine now, eldest at eight brushes his own teeth largely unsupervised but the six year old has a helping hand (for one to monitor how much toothpaste he chooses to use!).
Aquafresh sent me a Brushtime Kit to take away some of the stress of brushing teeth, after their report revealed that 80% of children are throwing tantrums about brushing their teeth. Consequently one in 10 parents end up sending their children to bed minus brushing their teeth, which is a real shame but I can sympathize, come bedtime we need some downtime from our little monkeys and might not feel up to facing another battle!
Children’s emotions seem quite heightened during brush time, I think come bedtime children are either looking for any excuse to stay up longer so drag out everything in the process or simply are overtired, grumpy and in no mood to co-operate. I have many a time had to come up with a story to get them to brush their teeth, about a hidden little gnome who was trying to change the colour of their teeth and we had to brush him out of there to stop the mischief. Or lately for youngest his teeth are the castle walls and I have to try and break in with the toothbrush! Anything to keep it fun and lighthearted.
Aquafresh have teamed up with Inside Out the new film (released 24th of July) which explores different emotions so it’s a good match with this campaign, as children definitely go through various feelings when its time to brush their teeth! According to Child Behavioural Expert Lorraine Thomas it’s very important to make brush time as fun as possible, give them lots of praise when they are doing it correctly, encourage them to watch children who already like brushing their teeth to have a positive influence over them and use whatever resources are available to you (books on teeth cleaning and stickers to motivate).
I have another Brushtime Kit to giveaway; it includes a handy two-minute sand timer so everyone knows how long they need to brush for (very useful here as I am trying to encourage the boys to manage brush time more independently and they can see just how long they need to keep at it!), the stress toy symbolizes the anger of brush time so everyone can relieve their frustration squeezing this (and relax!), two toothbrush holders, a wristband and most importantly an Aquafresh toothbrush and toothpaste. To enter please fill out the form below by the 28th of August and look forward to an easier brush time routine!
Aquafresh Inside Out Brushtime Kit Competition