Getting my four year old to voluntarily brush his teeth twice a day is almost as difficult as convincing him that bed time is not open for negotiation. Suffice to say, he is a stubborn kid—and when he doesn’t want to do something… well, sometimes, he wins. Okay, a lot of times he wins. He’s got the signature Boyce Boy iron will. I should know—I married his father.
But Mama can be hard-headed too, and I downright refuse to let him walk out the door without brushing his teeth. Needless to say, this daily challenge has become especially difficult in the morning, now that we're on a strict school schedule. We have to be out the door at 8:30 AM on the dot in order to make it to Pre-K drop-off on time. I can't afford to waste precious minutes battling with an irrational toddler. And that’s why I know how important it is to teach, lead, and live by example. And if that means I have to go to bed early, drink my milk, eat my broccoli, and rinse with Listerine twice a day. Well, so be it.
Not that I really mind. Obviously, I would brush my teeth and rinse twice a day whether or not my son was watching. But I always try to do it in his presence—to reinforce the importance of the daily activity and encourage him to pick up his own toothbrush too. In fact, we've started brushing together. I tell him we're having a contest to see who can get their teeth the cleanest in two minutes, the dentist-recommended time. Now that we've made it a joint mommy-and-me ablution, he's more on board. Not to say he doesn't ever give me a hard time, but a few seconds into our game and he's totally on board.
Thankfully my new Philips Sonicare 2 Series features a two-minute timer to keep us on track. Better yet, it removes six times more plaque than a manual toothbrush, and results in healthier gums with just two weeks of use. It's made taking care of my mouth easier and more fun. Plus, it's that much more effective. It's amazing how much cleaner my mouth just feels after brushing with my Sonicare. (Now, I just have to Grant his own Sonicare!)
After we brush, I show him how I rinse with Listerine Total Care for one additional minute. (He even counts to 60 to time me!) Listerine Total Care is a complete mouthwash and "master multi-tasker," providing six benefits with just one minute of “swishing.” It helps prevent cavities, restores mineral to enamel, strengthens teeth, kills bad breath germs, and freshens breath.
I know I’m not the only parent who has turned brushing into a family affair. I recently learned that Gabrielle and Chad Rader are teaching their young son about oral care with the help of Philips Sonicare. And it’s no surprise, both halves of the GabeBabeTV YouTube duo have gorgeous pearly smiles, and they understand the importance of teaching healthy habits to their son from an early age—not to mention streamlining those stressful morning routines.
A little more brushing in the morning, and a little less fighting... We're getting there—and making our smiles healthier and happier in the process. Now that's what I call multitasking!
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