Floss Like a Boss: The Perfect Kids’ Oral Hygiene Routine

What does the ideal kids’ oral hygiene routine look like? We all know that kids need to brush their teeth twice per day, and floss once. But as moms, with so many details to manage, sometimes steps get skipped. Let’s help our kids keep their teeth healthy and build our own good habits as well. 

Step 1: Flossing

girl smiles as she holds up a piece of flossCan you believe it?! I’ve been doing it wrong all these years! You actually want to begin removing the bacteria between your teeth and then brush them away with a toothbrush. It makes total sense! So if you are used to starting with a good bush, switch it up! Try breaking that biofilm free first and see how fresh your mouth really feels! For the kids, the best way to incorporate this step is to use a timer and using cute floss sticks

Step 2: Brushing

two sisters brushing their teeth in the bathroomThe second step in a kids’ oral hygiene routine is brushing. This part can get a little messy! There are many yummy and cool kids’ toothpastes on the market, so find a brand and flavor your kids love. While it is better to use an electric toothbrush, you can still get the job done using a manual brush. Teaching proper brushing can be difficult but try using hand-over-hand and modeling. Practice makes perfect, just direct the brush toward the gum line and get every tooth (even those hard-to-reach back ones)!

Step 3: Tongue Scraping

close up of child using tongue scraper
The third step in a kids’ oral hygiene routine is tongue scraping. This step may be new for both kids and adults. If you haven’t picked up one of these gadgets, order one today- they are inexpensive and can make a huge difference in the health of your mouth. The trick to really getting the bacteria off your tongue here is to go as far back as you can without being uncomfortable. A lot of the bacteria in our mouths like to hide in the very back so it’s important to remember this trick. 

Step 4: Rinsing

child stands in bathroom rinsing mouth
The last step in a kids’ oral hygiene routine is a good rinse. Look for something without any alcohol because this can actually dry out your mouth leaving your teeth actually more susceptible to getting cavities. Also, watch out for mouth rinses with a ph level below 5.5 as these can cause demineralization in the teeth. Let kids pick their favorite flavor, and make sure they are swishing for 30 and not swallowing!

Getting kids to take care of their teeth and gums by establishing an oral hygiene routine is not always easy, but the habits we instill in them today will stay with them for years to come. So keep ’em clean and happy brushing!

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Sasha was born in Germany and has been traveling the world ever since. After moving back to the states at age 3 she spent most of her growing up years in a small Northern California city. Here she started her first job as a barista. After high school, Sasha moved to Sacramento with her high school sweetheart and attended California State University Sacramento, completing her bachelors degree in Ethnic Studies with a minor in Anthropology. During college Sasha worked at Victoria's Secret. Then in 2011 they welcomed their first son Aiden, and got married shortly after. If things weren’t busy enough, these two love birds packed up their small family and moved to Reno, Nevada. While enjoying the hikes and the views that Reno had to offer they were excited to welcome yet another baby boy in 2014. A short time after his birth they were missing the cold North Cali weather they grew up with, so they packed up the boys and the pups and made their way to Seattle, Washington. Here Sasha worked at Seattle Sun Tan and enjoyed all the people she met. She also completed her 200 hour yoga certification and taught at a local studio. In 2017, Sasha learned she was expecting yet another beautiful baby boy 2017. After his birth, they completed the build of their first home in Fairview, Texas about 20 mins north of Dallas. Sasha and her family spent 3 years in the Dallas area, and this is where she completed her Masters degree in Special Education from Arizona State University (Class of 2020). After graduation, she tested and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, a goal for her after her middle son was diagnosed with ASD in 2018. Shortly after sitting for her exam, the family then moved to Orlando Florida for one year and enjoyed all the sun, fun, and Disney Florida had to offer. And finally the family has decided to land by purchasing their current home in Missouri City, just south of Houston. Sasha enjoys reading, doing Pilates, and chasing after her three boys. You can catch a glimpse of this on her Instagram @sasha_camp_.


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