Vortex Children’s Toothpaste Review And Giveaway

by Guest Contributor

I admit it. Mister Man’s teeth aren’t exactly the way I pictured my eight year old’s teeth looking. When we let him brush by himself for a few days, I can see them start to get grey film on them to the point they look streaky and gross. Part of it is his lack of fine motor skills, but part of it is that at eight years old, he still is in the quick brush and rinse stage. He just isn’t getting them clean enough, but I need him to start gaining independence in this area.

I recently received a tube of Vortex Children’s Toothpaste to test out. Generally, we use a natural toothpaste of some sort, as there are all sorts of ingredients that I try to avoid – one in particular being sodium lauryl sulfate. I was a little nervous that Vortex might contain it, but I’m happy to report that not only does it not use SLS, it also has a reduced amount of fluoride (though still at a proven effective level).

The natural grape flavoring even comes from grapes dried to a powder. The toothpaste is also uses Xylitol as a sweetener (we’re fans of Xylitol gum instead of Aspartame), which has an added benefit of also helping to reduce the levels of cavity causing bacteria.

 

 

Why do I enjoy this particular toothpaste? Vortex is a color-changing toothpaste, which explains the use of dyes. When it comes out of the tube, part of it is red and part is blue. As the wee ones brush, the colors begin to mix and finally turn into purple. They are learning that they have to brush enough to get to that point before they spit. And unlike their timed toothbrushes, time isn’t the only factor. They have to actually brush effectively to get the toothpaste to change colors.

 

 

The fact that the flavor is natural is a huge boost. At this point, the wee ones still don’t like mint flavored toothpastes, but the grape in Vortex has been well-received by them. In fact, the wee ones have asked that I continue to buy this toothpaste instead of the toothpaste I had been purchasing. Unfortunately, it isn’t currently available in stores, but you can purchase it either directly from Vortex or via Amazon for $6.95 per tube.  Did I mention that we are actually starting to see a difference in the gunk that stays on Mister Man’s teeth as he brushes? Maybe he will be able to brush without supervision someday soon.

 

Enter to Win

Six readers will also win toothpaste from Vortex. To enter this giveaway leave a comment below letting us know your best teeth care tip. This giveaway will end on January 12th, 2012. A winner will be drawn randomly and will be announced in our weekly Around the Blogosphere post.

 

In the interest of full disclosure, I received a tube of Vortex Children’s Toothpaste for review purposes. I was compensated for writing this post, but all opinions remain my own.

 

Written by 5Mnutes4Mom contributor Michelle is amazingly lucky to thusfar have no cavities, though she has a dental visit scheduled January 3. She’s desperately hoping the wee ones also avoid cavities as they grow, but right now she needs to go brush her own teeth. Again. You can also find her at her blog Honest & Truly! or on Twitter as @HonestAndTruly.




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1 Elisabeth December 29, 2011 at 10:31 am

My best tip would be to drink water after eating to rinse away some of the food particles!

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2 Christine Wagner December 29, 2011 at 10:31 am

Best tooth care tip? I’m looking for tooth care tips! My daughter’s teeth are starting to look as yellow as the Queen of England’s–I actually (yes, I’m slightly embarrassed about this) asked her dentist if, while they had her “out” for pulling some teeth and coating her molars with that anti-cavity stuff, they could bleach her teeth so they didn’t look like she has a mean coffee habit at 7 years old. They looked at me like I was crazy, but I still think this was a totally legitimate request ;-) And my little dude’s teeth have “weak enamel”, which is apparently code for “start saving b/c you’re gonna spend a fortune on fillings”. ANYTHING to get these kids to brush their teeth properly and without biting me when I help them floss would be great!

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3 Kendra Field December 29, 2011 at 10:39 am

We have tried the toothbrushes with timers and so many “tricks” to get them to brush long enough, but the little hourglass timer seems to work best for our crew. Would LOVE to try this toothpaste, though!

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4 June December 29, 2011 at 11:53 am

Brush your teeth after every meal.

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5 Milcah December 29, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Perhaps everyone has heard this, but brush for at least two minutes and be sure to include your gums and tongue. Also be sure to not use bristles that are too hard.

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6 Missy December 29, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Brush your tongue!

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7 meghan December 29, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Best teeth care tip: Brush! Brush! Brush! I make sure my son brushes morning, noon & night!

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8 Erin December 29, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Get the kids interested by giving them some control: pick out brushes & toothpaste, as well as letting them brush, while you help them too.

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9 Stephanie Grant December 29, 2011 at 9:48 pm

My best tip is to make brushing fun for the kids…I always play my sons favorite song while he brushes his teeth that way I know he has brushed long enough!

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10 Staci A December 29, 2011 at 10:42 pm

We buy fun toothbrushes and toothpaste to make it more exciting and we’ve talked with our son about why brushing well is so important.

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11 reena December 30, 2011 at 1:40 am

This is a great tip! I did not even know that this type of toothpaste existed.. My daughter literally brushes her teeth for say 2 minutes and practically does it because she likes the bubble gum taste of the paste! Thanks looking forward to trying this on her and teaching her how long to brush for!

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12 Candie L December 30, 2011 at 8:56 am

The simple issue for the kids is to remind them to brush every day. If they are anything like my kids they try to sneak out of it any chance they can. Thank you

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13 Jenny December 30, 2011 at 9:14 am

We always brush their teeth after they do and bought an electric brush for them to use during the day since it is more fun. And still 6 months seems too long between dentist cleanings!

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14 kelly grant December 30, 2011 at 9:38 am

my 2.5 yr old sons mouth is very hard to pry open, so we just give him a toothbrush and toothpaste and tell him to brush his teeth.

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15 Jessica T December 30, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Drink sugary beverages through a straw to keep the sugar off your teeth!

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16 Lauren Knott December 30, 2011 at 2:56 pm

My best tip is to floss daily, now if only I listened to myself!

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17 tennille December 30, 2011 at 5:42 pm

we have a toothbrush that lights up for one minute and my son likes to push the button again so it is easier to get 2 min. of brushing time in

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18 Jennifer Wooten December 30, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Brushing out teeth first thing in the morning and right after bath. Both boys have their own stools to reach the sink and Santa brought new, battery operated toothbrushes to het each tooth clean with little effort!

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19 Idaho Jill December 31, 2011 at 12:01 am

getting my daughter to brush is a challenge – this sounds like a great, fun product for her to try. I buy her different toothbrushes to keep her at least semi interested!

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20 Tammy1409 December 31, 2011 at 6:49 am

My kids like it when I pretend to be the dentist! I will call in the next “patient” and make comments on their teeth or count them while I brush them.

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21 samantha w December 31, 2011 at 11:49 am

we have the light up toothbrushes, so that my kids know they have to brush until it stops flashing

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22 Lizzy December 31, 2011 at 1:37 pm

My best tip is to floss daily!

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23 Julie December 31, 2011 at 2:48 pm

My best tip is to brush a 2 yr old’s teeth while they are mesmerized by their favorite tv show. Otherwise, good luck letting them let u brush their teeth LOL!

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24 Jamie December 31, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Let your kids pick out their own toothbrush…they’ll love having their own special one!

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25 SueSueper December 31, 2011 at 10:41 pm

Put a timer in the bathroom, train the kids to use it to ensure they brush for the appropriate number of minutes. :-)

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26 Vickie Couturier January 1, 2012 at 10:08 am

we have aroutine when the grandkids are here,,brush teeth first thing in the morning,an the last thing before bedtime
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27 Michele P. January 1, 2012 at 10:22 am

with my daughter I set a timer and let she brushes her teeth until the timer goes off… this makes sure she has brushed long enough each time since she often tends to do it quickly and isn’t very thorough without the timer.

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28 Don January 1, 2012 at 2:48 pm

All way’s brush your teeth.

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29 AB January 1, 2012 at 2:53 pm

I would love to see if my grandchildren would be more open to brushing their teeth with this

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30 ria January 1, 2012 at 3:23 pm

a fun toothpaste is always motivational

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31 Julie Lynn Bickham January 1, 2012 at 4:22 pm

I set a timer for my children, to make sure they are brushing long enough.

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32 Cheryl Rahkonen January 1, 2012 at 6:26 pm

I guess you could say we use bribery to get the kids to brush their teeth. They love cartoons and cannot watch them or any TV until their teeth are brushed very well and they are dressed (in clothes or pajamas depending on the time of day). This works quite well.

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33 Mary A January 1, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Always brush teeth at bedtime.

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34 Christine January 2, 2012 at 12:11 am

If you can’t brush, chew some sugarless gum to produce saliva & help clean your teeth.

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35 Amanda January 2, 2012 at 9:18 pm

I let my small kids brush their teeth by themselves first. Then, I take their brushes and help them.

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36 Rachel January 2, 2012 at 9:36 pm

go to the dentist as often as recommended

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37 Patty S. January 2, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Floss daily!

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38 Jackie Griebel January 2, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Brush your teeth before bed and drink a glass of water.

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39 Marci January 3, 2012 at 6:10 am

I make it a habit to brush after every meal, once it begins a habit it is easy to remember

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40 lisa January 3, 2012 at 8:26 am

fun tootbrushes!

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41 Van January 3, 2012 at 11:54 am

Try to limit your sugar intake, too much sugar will cause cavities.

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42 Garrett January 3, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Always floss your teeth.

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43 Liz January 4, 2012 at 11:17 am

I let my son pick out his toothbrush and toothpaste. It has worked wonders!

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44 Stacey Bicovny January 4, 2012 at 1:32 pm

I know it’s a cliche thing that dentists always say, but brushing AND flossing is one of the best ways to keep your teeth clean & healthy

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45 Jennifer Clay January 4, 2012 at 2:33 pm

I have this tooth timer for my girls. I make them brush until the timer dings. Works pretty well with my 4 and 5 year old!
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46 Audrey Griffis January 4, 2012 at 4:03 pm

we use tooth brishes that sing so myyoung kids know how long they have to brush for

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47 Tammy January 4, 2012 at 4:43 pm

I tell my kids to brush after every meal and floss daily!

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48 Kathy S January 4, 2012 at 8:40 pm

If you or your children grind your teeth, purchase a good nightguard to prevent wear on your teeeth.

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49 Robin H January 5, 2012 at 10:21 am

A timer has worked very well for my son~the kind with the sand in it.

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50 Alison S. January 5, 2012 at 12:22 pm

My best tip is to get an electric toothbrush. I’ve seen a huge improvement since I switched. My 2 year old got one for christmas and LOVES brushing his teeth. He would love to try this toothpaste. :)

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51 HappyMomC January 5, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Brush your teeth at least twice a day

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52 nannypanpan January 5, 2012 at 8:17 pm

do not let them drink anything after they brush before bed except water
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53 Sharon January 5, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Avoid caffeine and dark beverages, brush twice a day and floss each night

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54 Chuck January 6, 2012 at 10:38 am

Remember to brush your teeth twice a day!

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55 Tawnya S January 6, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Floss daily!

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56 Laurie Harrison January 7, 2012 at 8:04 am

Tip for kids: Make it Fun! When my little grandgirls are here, I join in on the brushing party. We set a stool up to the sink and do crazy stuff, like see who can gargle the loudest or longest. We just giggle, laugh, brush, and have fun. The kids are performing oral care this whole time without even realizing it.

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57 Caitlin M January 7, 2012 at 10:39 am

Don’t forget to brush them! :)

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58 dan williams January 7, 2012 at 11:15 am

twittered

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59 Nora Scott-Platt January 7, 2012 at 11:40 am

What I have learned is to encourage more water and less juices for your children. The sugar just reeks havoc with the teeth

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60 Shannon Baas January 7, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Brush teeth after every meal.

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61 Stephanie V. January 7, 2012 at 12:57 pm

start flossing between the tighter spots early so the kids understand it has to be done on a daily basis

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62 Amber January 7, 2012 at 1:07 pm

My best teeth care tip is to brush right after dessert!

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63 Vicky C. January 7, 2012 at 2:14 pm

I do agree that brushing right after sweets is very important.

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64 CMC January 7, 2012 at 4:26 pm

My best teeth care tip? Visit the dentist every six months!

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65 Emillie January 7, 2012 at 5:19 pm

My best tip is to floss!
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66 krystal January 7, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Brush 3 times a day, floss twice, mouthwash twice.

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67 Susan Smith January 7, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Visit the dentist twice a year and brush twice a day.

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68 Hoa Le January 7, 2012 at 7:21 pm

My tip is to floss before you brush your teeth!

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69 Cori Westphal January 7, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Make it a routine! Start your kids young, old enough to hold the brush basically! Starting the habit young is key. And also be honest with your kids. Dentists are expensive and cavities hurt. No reason to skirt the truth!

coriwestphal at msn dot com

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70 Gladys M January 7, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Flossing,and brushing your teeth 2x daily!
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71 Christine January 7, 2012 at 10:47 pm

floss

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72 sahara rao January 7, 2012 at 11:32 pm

Brush twice daily and floss daily before going to bed.

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73 Shaunda Eppes January 8, 2012 at 1:03 am

Nothing sweet at least two hours before bed.

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74 EMMA L HORTON January 8, 2012 at 8:39 am

FLOSS DAILY

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75 Jessica T. January 8, 2012 at 1:09 pm

My dentist always tells me to only drink sugary drinks with a meal and don’t sip them over a lengthy amount of time.

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76 Sharold January 8, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Brush , brush, brush is the key.

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77 amy deeter January 8, 2012 at 3:31 pm

brush your teeth at least twice a day
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78 Leah Baird January 8, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Brush earlier to help prevent extra eating, later in the night. Make sure teeth are checked my dentist is best too. lnb1191(at)aol(dot)com

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79 renee walters January 9, 2012 at 5:04 am

Brush your teeth and floss at least twice a day! Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
Renee Walters
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80 jen January 9, 2012 at 8:48 am

we try to make tooth brush time a regular ruitine so its second nature

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81 susan varney January 9, 2012 at 10:29 am

always floss and brush after every meal whenever possible

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82 Carrie Baird January 9, 2012 at 11:37 am

I think the Sonic type toothbrushes do a much better job on the teeth. wgbc1446[at]yahoo[dot]com

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83 Denise B. January 9, 2012 at 1:27 pm

If you can only get to brush your teeth once during the day, make sure you to it right before bedtime.

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84 Tonya Froemel January 9, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Fun toothbrushes or good tasting toothpastes make it easier to get my kids to brush.

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85 Garrett January 9, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Make sure to all ways floss your teeth as well.

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86 Stacey Bicovny January 10, 2012 at 12:23 am

Flossing once daily is great for healthy teeth and maintaining fresh breath!

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87 charline January 10, 2012 at 10:02 am

Use a straw when drinking tea and cola to help cut back on teeth stains
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88 Vanessa January 10, 2012 at 10:14 am

I let my kids “floss” so they get used to doing it. momlovesdeals at gmail dot com

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89 Angela H January 10, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Brush teeth a couple times a day. Regular dentist visits are a must!

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90 Bonnigene January 10, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Brush your teeth, brush your teeth! and floss.

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91 Miranda Ward January 10, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Brush 2 times daily!

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92 Allison January 11, 2012 at 12:54 am

Floss. :)

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93 jennifer January 11, 2012 at 2:13 am

Rinse with water after drinking soda or eating sugary snacks.

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94 Heather Vogler January 11, 2012 at 6:56 am

I limit the amount of juice my little ones drink and don’t give it to them before they are 1 year old. The sugar is so bad for their little teeth :)
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95 tina page January 11, 2012 at 8:23 am

my kids got more interested in brushing teeth since i got them electric toothbrushes

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96 loni January 11, 2012 at 9:34 am

Using the toothbrushes that play a song for the 2 mins that the kids are supposed to brush for

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97 Marianna January 11, 2012 at 11:01 am

Floss daily and get regular dental checkups!

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98 Laura Adams January 11, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Try to brush after every meal.

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99 Molly K January 11, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Make sure you are helping your kids brush their teeth.

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100 Laura Emerson January 11, 2012 at 1:58 pm

My best tip is to start good dental care for children at an early age. The habits they form when they are little are ones they will have as adults.
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101 BusyWorkingMama January 11, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Floss every night and sing the ABCs twice to make sure you are brushing long enough.

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102 Lisa L January 11, 2012 at 4:03 pm

My son wants to brush his teeth himself but he doesn’t do a very good job. The only way I can brush his teeth is if he “brushes” mine. It’s fun for him & I make sure his teeth are clean!

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103 melissa_a_rose January 11, 2012 at 4:31 pm

My kids like to brush to music so I play one of their favorite songs and they brush to the beat!

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104 Lisa Garner January 11, 2012 at 4:41 pm

I always play music when my children brush their teeth so they end up brushing longer.
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105 Deb Smith January 11, 2012 at 5:11 pm

One of the things to be sure to do is teach proper flossing.

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106 Valerie Taylor Mabrey January 11, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Make sure to rinse mouth out after the last thing at night
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107 kathy pease January 11, 2012 at 5:50 pm

i make sure my family sees a dentist every six months

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108 Britty Brannon January 11, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Always remember to floss!

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109 shirley pebbles January 11, 2012 at 8:46 pm

MAke regular dental appointments.

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110 Bryanna Pavlish January 11, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Don’t forget to brush your tongue!
Awesome blog and thanks for the giveaway!
Would love, love, LOVE to win this!
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111 Deborah Wallin January 11, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Set the timer while they brush so they brush long enough
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112 lilshuga2001 January 12, 2012 at 2:00 am

i et the kiddos a timed toothbrush so they make sure they are brushing loing enough :) No problms so far!

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113 Michelle B January 12, 2012 at 3:05 am

My son has autism so brushing his teeth is not one of his fav things to do so i sing to him and he is ok with brushing his teeth

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114 Jessica January 12, 2012 at 8:17 am

Took my son to the dentist yesterday and he recommended to get my 3 yr old to open his mouth wide and expose the bottom of the gumline where plaque an build up get him to say “E”. It worked and now I can help him brush that area better.

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115 Debbie Kennedy January 12, 2012 at 8:21 am

With kids, we have to make toothbrushing a game – 1 person has to sing the alphabet several times while the other brushes, and then we switch.

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116 beth January 12, 2012 at 9:57 am

always remember to floss!

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117 Kelly Braund January 12, 2012 at 10:16 am

Start kids brushing and flossing as early as possible so it’s just a habit.

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118 Coriander Warren January 12, 2012 at 11:14 am

My best tip–buy one of the “flashing” or “singing” toothbrushes. They are perfectly timed so you know they’re brushing “enough”

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119 crystal allen January 12, 2012 at 12:50 pm

my tip is to start a tooth brushing reminder and sticker rewards chart for your child. this will remind them to brush their teeth in a fun way, when they brush, they can put a sticker or make a smiley face on the chart for that time of day thanks, clallen at ntin dot net

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120 Nina McClain January 12, 2012 at 12:57 pm

make sure to brush for at least three minutes!

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121 April Grimm January 12, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Brush twice a day!

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122 Jamie January 12, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Start them out as young as possible with flossing…Maybe it’ll turn into a good habit!

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123 Gianna January 12, 2012 at 5:55 pm

I brush my teeth longer if I do it when I shower.

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124 Kelsey C. January 12, 2012 at 7:18 pm

I brush my teeth every morning and every night. I use mouthwash each time, as well. I floss at least 2 times weekly and occasionally wash with warm salt water to keep out the bacteria!

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125 Natalie Parisee January 12, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Brush not only the mouth but the gum and the thong.

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126 Brittney House January 12, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Don’t forget the tongue.

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127 cassandra January 12, 2012 at 11:11 pm

always brush twice a day and floss!
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128 Christa January 16, 2012 at 8:32 am

I let my daughter “help” brush my teeth so I can brush her’s a bit longer.

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129 Patricia January 25, 2012 at 11:14 am

Help your children brush their teeth and older children should be moinitored , this will show them the importance and impact the correct method. Little baby circles and all surfaces (inside,outsides,tops) and tongues. sandtimers can aid in the lenght of proper brushing and don’t forget to floss:)

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