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Oral-B Teeth Tips for Tweens

Last week I brought you some information on adult oral health, with a giveaway. Now, I’m following up with some tips on oral health for our kids, with a giveaway for them too! You know I’m a big fan of my power toothbrush, but even Little Boo has been using the non-rechargeable brushes for a lot of years now.

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Did you know that kids can begin using an electric toothbrush as early as age three? (Of course you’ll be supervising them!) We found that there was an added “fun factor” to brushing with a power brush, particularly if you have a character brush for the young set, like Oral-B’s Tigger and Pooh or Disney Princess options. This definitely kept LB interested in brushing longer when he was wee! Two minutes is an awfully long time in a pre-schooler’s life, so anything to help keep them focused and not fussing is a bonus.

For the older set, the Oral-B Pro-Health for Me Vitality electric toothbrush is the perfect electric toothbrush for big kids and tweens. This electric toothbrush has a waterproof handle with fun designs and is compatible with multiple toothbrush heads – including an Ortho Brush Head refill designed to clean away gunk around braces.(Awesome! The Teen’s braces were a pain to clean around as I remember. Will have to make note of this for the future!) It also features a brushing timer that ensures their brushing lasts for the dentist-recommended two minutes. Little Boo (age 7) has been using this brush for the past few weeks with great results. The timing function is key to keep him brushing long enough. He has shown without doubt that his ability to estimate when 2 minutes is up is extremely lacking. This brush does that work for him. I love that it charges on the same base as my Oral-B Triumph Professional brush, so we can share the charger, saving space.

Kids under 8-9 should be supervised while brushing their teeth. If you can, take your child to the dentist every six months to monitor their development and the effectiveness of their oral care routine.

Remember to swap out all the toothbrushes in your house every three months to ensure the most effective clean. Many brushes have some kind of colour indicator that will help you see that the brush has hit the end of its life. Splayed, out of shape bristles are a clear indication it’s time to replace.

 

Don’t forget to teach your kids about flossing too! Flossing is important because proper flossing helps remove plaque and food particles from those spaces between the teeth where a toothbrush can’t reach. So if all you do is brush, you’re missing an opportunity to promote not only healthy teeth, but also healthy gums. Research shows that regular flossing can reduce the risk of developing gum disease. Look for a floss, such as Glide, that slides easily in tight spaces and follow these simple steps:

 

I’ve admitted before to my poor nonexistent flossing habits, but I have been trying the Glide and it is really comfortable. It it more ribbon-like than string, and feels much gentler in my mouth than flosses I’ve used in the past. For kids, you can also try a floss pick. Little Boo finds these much easier to use than a length of floss, and he asks for them as needed.

Be sure to teach your kids about the importance of oral health early. Check out tips and articles on oralb.com to help you learn about dental care from babies to kids, and adults too. Having trouble? Why not make a game of it and download the Yuck Mouth game for Android and Apple devices.

 

 

Crest and Oral-B Pro-Health FOR ME is the first complete line of oral care products designed just for tweens (kids 8-12) and created to protect the areas dentists check in kids: fights cavities, strengthens enamel, and freshens breath. The line also includes an anticavity toothpaste, tween-friendly manual toothbrushes, fluoride rinse in a fresh mint flavor, and easy-to-use minty floss picks.

A Giveaway

To help your kids keep their teeth clean and shiny, P&G is providing a Tween Teeth Bundle for one lucky Raising My Boys reader. The prize is valued at approximately $50 and includes: Oral-B CrossAction Pro-Health Toothbrush, Oral-B Pro-Health for Me Vitality electric toothbrush and Glide floss (x2).

Entries are via the Rafflecopter widget below and will be accepted until 12:00 midnight EDT, April 23. Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only, excluding Quebec. Best of luck!

Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own. By entering this contest you are accepting that, if you win, your contact information will be shared with a P&G PR agency for the purpose of mailing your prize. This giveaway may appear on multiple blogs as part of the #PGmom program, however, you can only win once per giveaway.

Bullied Kids Speak Out: We Survived – How You Can Too {Book Review}

Bullying is an ever-present issue in our schools, and even in our workplaces. And our news feeds contain far too many stories of the terrible, and sometimes fatal, results that can come from bullying. I don’t know if it actually occurs more these days than it did when I was a kid, but I do know that smartphones, Facebook, SnapChat, and other means of digital communications have made the spread of hateful messages easier and faster, providing greater opportunities for bullies to do their nasty work. Our kids can’t escape their bullies just by coming home at the end of the school day.

Here's what you need to know about bullying.

Jodee Blanco is a writer and speaker who has spent the last twelve years touring schools throughout the US to spread her anti-bullying message and offer support to affected students. A survivor of bullying herself, Jodee draws on her own experiences to illustrate in her talks how bullying affects the victim, and how everyone can better work together to bring an end to the torment.

Her latest book, Bullied Kids Speak Out, brings together the stories of seventeen kids she’s worked with over the years. This volume allows them to tell their stories in their own voices, directed specifically at other kids struggling with bullying. As she says, “sometimes it takes a kid, and not an adult, no matter how well-intentioned, to reach another kid in pain and get them to do something about it.” Each story is followed with comments from Jodee, drawing out key points of what went wrong and what went right, ending with words of encouragement and suggestions for action for any young person in a similar position.

 

This is a powerful book including stories from bullies as well as the bullied. One of the stories is even about a bullying teacher. Since the stories are in the kids’ own words, they can be a little odd to read as an adult. Slang and texting short forms are commonly used, and the stories are not polished in any literary sense. But they are real and authentic. This book is geared to tweens and teens and would certainly feel familiar and appeal to them.

The young people represented in this book have bravely come forward to share their experiences and are to be commended. I particularly like the broad variety of situations depicted and how this shows the variety of ways in which bullying can manifest. This would be an important book to have in school libraries and a good read for any tween or teen, but particularly for anyone who finds himself or herself the victim of bullies. These stories not only provide confirmation that you are not alone, but, importantly, provide ideas and examples of how to make things better.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate this review. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.