This post and party were sponsored by ACT Kids Toothpaste but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Getting my kids to brush their teeth each morning and night is such a chore. I have to constantly remind them to brush twice a day. You would think after several years of twice a day reminders that they would remember on their own, but that is not the case. Making proper teeth care fun for kids is a key to getting them to want to brush twice a day and rinse with mouthwash once a day. Showing my kids the connection between what they eat and having rewards for brushing and remembering themselves may just be what I need to start doing and ACT Kids Toothpaste wants to help us all in that battle. According to a recent survey, nearly 4 in 10 moms say getting their kids to brush their teeth is one of their most frustrating daily battles, in line with convincing their kids to eat their vegetables and putting their kids to bed at night.*
It isn’t every day that you get sent a whole box of goodies and games geared toward oral care, but when you get one you throw a party for your kids and their friends! I got some snacks and had kids come over after school and help teach them all what is proper teeth care and just what we as parents can do and use to make proper oral care fun for kids.
Games and Food-
We were sent several games to play and the one that had the most impact is a game where the kids cut out food that they eat each and every day and placed them either on the happy tooth (foods that are good for your teeth) and the sad tooth (foods that you should try to avoid). Sure, kids love sugar but I don’t think they always realize what it can do to their teeth and how brushing can help get rid of the “bad” things that stick to your teeth when you eat them. I brought home this concept by giving the kids blueberries and other fruits for them to snack on as well as cupcakes that had some bright colored frosting. Both could stain their teeth, but one is good for your body! After they were done eating we went into the bathroom and showed them how to use the timer as well as ACT Kids Toothpaste to brush brush brush away the foods that stick to your teeth. We then followed it up with the ACT Kids Anticavity Rinse.
When my kids were potty training, having a reward chart was a good incentive and visual reminder of their progress. Why I didn’t think to use that same technique with teeth brushing, who knows. ACT had my back covered and gave all the kids at the party a “My Brushing Chart” to have that visual reminder and countdown to making the twice a day brushing and once a day rinsing a routine. For one month they can track that they followed proper oral care and in turn make it a habit that they can remember as they grow and not have constant nagging from mommy.
Making Proper Teeth Care Fun for Kids-
No party would be complete without a goodie bag to take home. ACT Kids Toothpaste sent all the items our kids need to get them on track for proper oral care. Cute toothbrushes, ACT Kids Toothpaste, a timer and a fun tooth eraser to remind the kids to erase the gunk. While it may seem silly to some to throw a party all about oral care, our kids sure enjoyed it and sometimes they just need a fun reminder of every tasks and just why we do the things we do each day to keep their bodies and teeth healthy.
Thanks to ACT for sending over all the goodies and hopefully now my kids won’t have to be reminded daily to brush their teeth! ACT Kids Toothpaste is now available for kids ages 2 years and older in both bubble gum and fruit punch flavors. The ACT Kids Anticavity Rinse is for kids age 6 and older. New ACT Kids Toothpaste recently rolled out to a variety of retail locations including Walmart, Walgreens, and Target. Download a coupon to get save when you go out and buy ACT Kids Toothpaste.
*This survey was sponsored by Sanofi Consumer Healthcare and conducted online using Toluna’s QuickSurveys methodology between February 13, 2017 and February 14, 2017 among 1,150 moms with children between the ages of two and 12 in the USA. Respondents for Toluna QuickSurveys are selected from among those who have agreed to participate in Toluna surveys.
Toluna’s SmartSelectTM methodology was used to promote sample representativeness. SmartSelect relies on statistical matching rather than probability sampling to select survey respondents, based on demographic, attitudinal and behavioral characteristics that match those of the target population. Figures for age, gender, region, race/ethnicity, education and income are also weighted to bring them into line with their actual proportions within the population. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to participate in Toluna surveys, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.