Thursday, 6 August 2015

Aquafresh Making Brushtime Easier

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!

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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

128 comments:

  1. Luckily my daughter doesn't mind doing her teeth, but we do tend to sing little songs to make it more exciting when we need to.

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  2. We already use a timer and my son thinks its like a competition with his dad so he doesn't mind brushing.

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  3. Wow my kids need a helping hand in making brushing teeth fun.

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  4. We brush together

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  5. I tell them they have to brush the sugar bugs off lol xx

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  6. Use flavoured toothpaste!

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  7. Thank u for the lovely comp...good luck all

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  8. We have a song (& actions) I made up, to the tune of the Hokey Cokey! That seems to help :-)

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  9. tell our grand-daughter that she'll look like a princess after

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  10. I don't have any children but would love to win this prize to donate to charity, to go to Romania.

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  11. They love to brush their teeth , so much that they always fight to be the 1st one , yes i have 3 boys ahhaah i always say 'time to brush your teeth' so whoever gets there 1st is the 1st one xx they love to run up the stairs xx

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  12. We have an App on the phone that plays a tune for two minutes so they learn how long to brush for!

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  13. My grand-daughter has just lost her first tooth and has been really quite traumatised and is now fearful of brushing her teeth as she has a couple of wobbly ones.What we now do is we become opera singers,going through the scales as we brush,aaaaaaa,it takes her mind off it.She loves Inside Out so I really hope I win to help her get over this x

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  14. Claire Elizabeth Noke7 August 2015 at 20:49

    my kids have a chart..... they each get a "shiny gold coin" at the end of each week if it has 14 (or more) stars on it :)

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  15. My daughter would benefit from using a timer

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  16. I put on a favourite song and make the little one brush for the duration of it!

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  17. my little girl loves brushing her teeth, she used to hate it but we just made it fun for her she has a mirror to watch herself, and me and daddy do it the same time and we say ahhhhh and cheese ahhh for open up wide to clean the back teeth and cheese for the front of her teeth :)

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  18. we all brush together to encourage my granddaughter to brush her teeth

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  19. We play a song while we brush to make sure we do it for long enough :)

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  20. joanna kasznicki8 August 2015 at 13:14

    My 2 love brushing their teeth

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  21. We have a fun timer and a toothbrush song too, it has be fun kids don't like chores lol

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  22. i sing a song normally a silly one i make up at the time

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  23. I brush my teeth at the same time as them.

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  24. we buy colours tooth paste and we have a colour for each day it help bring on kids learning too

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  25. A sing-song before; a story after

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  26. We try to make it fun and also use a timer!

    Ashleigh

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  27. Make a tooth brushing song up that lasts the length of time needed to brush teeth and that includes the motions/actions.

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  28. try to make it fun and use a timer!

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  29. Use an app to brush for two minutes

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  30. Sharon Hopkinson9 August 2015 at 20:35

    We have to brush the 'gob goblins' off the teeth and wash them away to the sewage farm!

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  31. we use a timer and make up rhymes that have to last the til the timer runs out

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  32. We let them have toothbrushes with their favourite characters on to make it more fun.

    @rachiegr

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  33. We brush our teeth together and have rewards for brushing for a minute or more and doing a good job.

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  34. we see who can balance on one leg the longest while brushing

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  35. I've learnt not to make it competitive and have a winners or points because the 'loser' ends up crying/upset at bedtime. We have fruity toothpaste instead of mint and have those buzzy toothbrushes.

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  36. Lynsey Buchanan9 August 2015 at 22:15

    I brush at the same time as my daughter

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  37. My grandsons love to brush their teeth we make it lots of fun!

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  38. I use their favourite songs to make sure they brush long enough!x

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  39. My son is autistic and HATES brushing his teeth, I have to pin him down to brush them! Looking on here for tips although think I have tried everything :( xx

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  40. listen to a song to make the time go quicker

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  41. We have a timer that plays a song for 2 minutes x

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  42. Me and my daughter (shes 2) play dentists together i look in her mouth and brush her teeth (saying some dentisty sounding things) then she does mine, she loves it!

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  43. We use a Thomas the tank engine timer and little one brushes his own teeth first. Then I finish them off

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  44. to be quite honest all 3 of my children like brushing thier teeth

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  45. Sing a song while doing it!

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  46. My daughter likes doing hers and does it without being asked to, we do use a timer though

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  47. we let the kids choose their own toothbrushes! it definitely helps!

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  48. We share the chore mum brushes the teeth first, then she's allowed to finish off herself.

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  49. a tube of toothpaste with a character on the front always helps

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  50. I let them pick their own toothbrush and paste so they want to use it.

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  51. A rhyming song we made up together

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  52. Definitely need some help with our brushing time - it's a nightly battle (strangely enough, mornings are fine)!

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  53. Definitely need help with our brushing - it's a nightly battle (strangely enough, mornings are fine)!

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  54. i let my boys choose a toothbrush each time we replace them and usually can get oones that will flash or play music for the right amount of time to brush

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  55. we use an egg timer and my daughter has to listen to Ed Sheeran at the same time(!!) - it's become a bit of a ritual!

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  56. i just make it a race, first to brush teeth then first to the bedroom.

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  57. I admire their skills - they like to be good at stuff

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  58. my grandaughter loves brushing her teeth lol

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  59. MY CHILDREN LOVE BRUSHING THEIR TEETH X

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  60. My kids like brushing their teeth. I have to hide the toothbrushes or they would brush them all day!

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  61. we make a game of it some how. either I count or sing while they clean. we then swap over for when I clean my teeth.

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  62. By letting them choose which toothbrush they want

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  63. By doing my teeth at same time

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  64. We Use The Aquashfresh App, its fun and they earn points for brushing for 2 whole minutes which they can spend in the shop on virtual clothes for their Virtual Aquafresh Brush.

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  65. music! Play a different song at brush time and make it fun!

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  66. we have a timer to encourage brushing x

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  67. We character toothbrush and toothpaste

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  68. By letting them shop for a nice fun toothbrush first.

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  69. Brushing our teeth at the same time

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  70. A nice bit of music that plays for the recommended time

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  71. We have a app on the tablet that plays music with a brush time timer.

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  72. Let them choose which toothbrush they want in shop to clean their teeth with

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  73. Let them choose which toothbrush they want in shop to clean their teeth with

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  74. Let them choose which toothbrush they want in shop to clean their teeth with

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  75. We try to make it fun and also all brush our teeth together

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  76. She has her story after brush time and won't get one until they're done - tends to work!:)

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  77. We've got a sticker chart which seems to work quite well.

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  78. I make up silly songs about who else is brushing their teeth (her favourite characters, animals etc)

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  79. What A great idea - we need all the help we can get!

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  80. Hope to win this great articles

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  81. We play some music and she has to brush to the rhythm

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  82. I put the countdown timer on on my phone (2 minutes) and play my daughter's favourite music while she is brushing until the timer goes off.

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  83. Counting really helps for us. :)

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  84. my daughter loves brushing her teeth so we dont really have much problems with it to be honest. :)

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  85. Flavoured toothpaste and my girls have a little competition between them of who can do the best brushing -it's always a draw :)

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  86. We use a timer and take turns, she enjoys it!

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  87. We use a fun timer, fun toothbrushes and we let the children choose their own toothpaste.

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  88. I have never had a problem with my kids brushing their teeth since before they even have teeth we always get them fun toothbrushes that they play with, then its just a natural progression for them to brush their teeth properly in fact sometimes I have to stop them brushing their teeth to much because they see it as a game

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  89. What a good idea - making toothtime funtime

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  90. Pauline Burroughs27 August 2015 at 20:51

    We say silly rhymes

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  91. I make sure they have their own paste and they pick their brushes. They are pretty good really.

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  92. We brush our teeth like the Tombliboos!

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  93. I give the kids a bit of responsibility and let them do their own. (before I finish them off at the end!)

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  94. We have a flashing 2 minute timer!

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  95. My son has a Spiderman electric toothbrush which he loves

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  96. I sing our made-up toothbrushing song :)

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  97. We do it together.

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  98. I let my daughter put her toothpaste on by herself and wet her toothbrush. It makes her feel so independent :D

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  99. Never had a problem as it was followed by a cuddle while reading a favourite book.

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  100. We have a timer and we always remind everyone of what happens when you don't brush your teeth properly.. and then Daddy shows us his fillings! :D

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