It is a constant struggle to get my 3 year old to brush his teeth. He has even become a little con artist who will try and tell me he brushed when he didn't. He will go through the trouble of running the water and turning on the bathroom light, but not actually brush. If you are going to do all of that - why not just brush? It boggles my mind. The dead giveaway is when he comes downstairs and we smell his breath (which can be far from pleasant) to check for the minty fresh scent. Now he MUST be supervised and he spends the whole time brushing one tooth for one second and then arguing that he is done. They just don't tell you the ridiculous battles you will have daily once becoming a parent.
Dr. Fresh has a toothbrush called the Firefly which actually helps to alleviate my dental struggles. When your child squeezes the toothbrush it lights up & flashes for 60 seconds. This is the recommended time that dentists say is needed to brush one arch. So have your child activate it and brush on top - then activate it and brush on bottom. While the thrill of flashing lights my be short lived, the constant time battle is easily resolved. This is such a simple solution to getting your child to brush long enough. My son understands what must be done and keeps the complaining to a minimum. He really does enjoy squeezing it to make it flash. You dare not do that for him! My new foolproof way to avoid the tooth brushing argument - let him use the firefly in the dark. He gets a light show and I get to save my breath for the bigger battles.
You can get a 2-pack of the Firefly toothbrush for only $1.99 - that is pretty hard to beat! They are available at mass retailers like Target, Wal-Mart, and K-Mart. I have 20 of these double packs to give away! If you would like to WIN one please leave a comment below and share one of your struggles with your children. The deadline to enter is February 28th at midnight EST.
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