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This Familiar Furry Friend May Get Your Children to Brush Their Teeth Longer

Getting my kids to brush their teeth–especially the two-year old–is a losing battle, one I will always lose. Their sweet, encouraging dentist recommends requests that I brush their teeth day and night two minutes a time. Yeah right, that’s just not going to happen. I’m lucky if I get the brush in their mouths and swirl it around before they chomp down.

Fortunately, we have found something that works–at least for now. This week we have been playing an Elmo video called Sesame Street: Healthy Teeth, Healthy Me: Brushy Brush on YouTube. This video allows me to get the toothbrush in their mouths for a full minute and thirty seconds! Can you say amazing? Plus, the youngest LOVES Elmo, and the rap like tune is catchy, cute, and features all types of families, as well as, our favorite furry friend, Elmo.

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Now, I know, this is not the full two minutes of brushing, but it’s so close and certainly better than the twenty seconds I was getting previously. Not only do I get ALL the surfaces clean, the girls are excited about brushing. They’ve been requesting this video each night.

There are also many apps out there to help with brushing including Chomper Chums, Brusheez-The Little Monsters (ages 5 and under), and Brush Up – Make Brushing Fun! (ages 6-8). I will be checking these out and will fill you in a future blog post once I do, but for now Brushy Brush works for us. We will let it run its course–as all good things do–, but until then we will take advantage of this video.

Is dental hygiene a battle in your home? What has worked for you?


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