The Training Toothpaste Toddler Tips From A Dental Assistant

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Here’s my prequel from my last blog How To Win The Battle Of Brushing Your Child’s Teeth From A Dental Assistant. This is geared more for children that just broke fresh new teeth and beyond!

Since I had a few mommy friends ask here is the blog for you all. Hope this helps!

Exciting times!

But….

Parents thinking what do I do now!

Here’s your next pathway for great oral care of your little ones. I will guide you and you can even hold my hand.

Baby Steps

First and foremost you need to keep these first teeth clean. You can still use the warm clean washcloth to clean tongue and gums.

But, I will repeat this one important tip! Water down that sippy cup juice immediately! Fill it with clean healthy water and a dash of natural juice for favor. This is every single time. Have your child fall in love with water. I have seen to many children with decay just by looking at them play, at the playground or parent’s sharing beloved pictures with me. I can’t help it, my eyes are stuck in this mood.  It’s my dental assistant nature. They are grateful for my advice. Since, so many parents don’t know what to do.

Toothpaste?

The best product I loved was AquaFresh Training Toothpaste it comes with the perfect sized toothbrush too. It’s clear with no sugar, no dyes, or chemical anything! I even tested it on myself to know what the product was like for my child. It was pretty good and my teeth and breath were fruity fresh! Not bad at all! My stomach didn’t bother me from swallowing the training toothpaste either. That’s what it’s designed for!

Now, your thinking I will just put a small tiny pea size on the brush and wet it under the faucet. Then, just have my child open and I can brush away!

Right!

Wrong!

Your child is so used to you spoon-feeding them, they will close their little mouth down and slurp the toothpaste and are waiting for more!

Yummy, toothpaste.

More, please!

Also, being a dental assistant I am use to going in a patient’s mouth and gently prying the mouth and lips back, with my fingers.

Try showing your child how to open and stay open so you can see all their pretty teeth! Be careful, since there is a danger zone in the little chompers coming down of your fingers! Careful placement just inside the cheek area. Put your fingers in a peace sign to pry open and hold. Brush in the opposite hand, common sense.

Explain what toothpaste is! We don’t eat it. It’s like soap for your teeth and we do not eat it. It will make your tummy hurt! So, open super-duper big like a lion or dinosaur, to show me all those teeth! You do it too, parent! Make it fun and add sound effects!

Toothbrush

Now, have the teeth ready and tell your child this is going to scrub all the dirty food, juice, and sugar bugs away!

Wait! Sugar Bugs!?!?!?

Yes, we can’t see them but they love to eat the left over sweets, snacks and yummy food stuck on and in-between your little teeth. If you don’t let me clean them away, they will start to eat slowly away at your little teeth! It’s like a party in your mouth for the “Sugar Bugs”!

“We brush, brush and brush to clean, them, Sugar Bugs away! Rinse my mouth with water and down the drain they go away. No, more Sugar Bugs in my mouth today!” Repeat and repeat.

Wildflower loves that the germs go down the drain into their dirty home. The dirty germy yucky family is together down the drain. Clean my teeth and tongue of all the sugar bugs! I tell her the Sugar Bugs are having a yucky party on her tongue and needs to go away! Clean shining teeth and pink tongue! Yay! No, more Sugar Bugs today or tonight!

At times even now at four years old, I need to remind her of all this, once in a while! At times she cries no toothpaste, I don’t like toothpaste. But, remember toothpaste is what cleans the germs and Sugar Bugs away! Then, no problems and I can brush Wildflower’s teeth.

Win, win for this mommy!

Show your child you cleaning your teeth. Play show and tell with your toothbrush and toothpaste.

Wildflower loves to watch me or her daddy brush our teeth.

So, monkey see, monkey do.

Now, another very important thing we must stop that I forgot!

The toothbrush is not a teething ring, or we do not brush by biting it, little trainer!

Yes, your child will clamp down and go to town ruining the bristles. We, must stop this strange habit. Yes, it feels great on the young gums and teeth for them. But, we must remember to remind them it will hurt their fresh brand new toothbrush! We do not ever bite or we have to throw it away. Not, good or fun, right. That’s why we open wide like a dinosaur and let mommy brush the teeth right. This is a break in period of learning for the little trainer. Repeat and repeat!

 

Educational Supplies and Tools

Show them YouTube videos of educational children’s dental health and children brushing their teeth with a grown up. This can also be your timer for brushing teeth! At this point, Wildflower can go without watching a tablet video and just have me brush her teeth. This is called graduation day, when that happened! Yah!

If you have not already done so. Go, buy a step stool together and have them pick their favorite color for reaching the sink, to wash hands, faces and brush their teeth! What a big kid you are becoming!

But, if your little trainer is still too short and tiny to reach the sink, even to try the art of spitting or brushing. Get a nice large cup of water from the sink and put it in the tub. The tub will be your training “sink” since your trainer is little. Perfect size until their tall enough and tell them this. You even brush your teeth at the tub to help them, see it’s OK.

Show them books of learning to brush your teeth. Read them together before brushing! Repeat and repeat.

Only you the grown up should brush their teeth and until they are able to brush excellent by themselves! Too many parents just give in and hand this important responsibility over to a young child. You are asking for nothing but tons of cavities and dental work! Why have them be afraid so soon of the dentist. Have your child know you are the one to brush their teeth and that’s it!

Continue to work each day at basic teaching why, opening wide and brushing. It’s not easy but be consistent with your child and yourself.

Deep breath and I know it’s not easy. But, remember your parent went through the same thing trying to teach you this basic habit.

Spitting is an art form in its self.

It is not easy or anything!

Over time of practicing, showing and repeating. Your little trainer will get it!

So, this one is the toughie of the dental habits. But, practice and have fun teaching this swooshing and spitting art form.

Your trainer will get it over  time and soon this all, will be a thing of the pass. So, enjoy this crazy bathroom adventure together.

 

If you have any questions or problems with teaching your child, please ask questions. Comment or email your questions to me.

 

Thanks for reading and starting healthy dental habits,

Wildflower Mom

 

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How To Win the Battle Of Brushing Your Child’s Teeth From A Dental Assistant

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I have been in the dental field as a dental assistant for about ten years. A registered and certified dental assistant, oral & periodontal  surgery dental assistant. I have worked here and there with patients of all ages. I have been the calm gentle voice, hand to hold at any age, and teacher of the dentist’s big lofty words. I have been the person to tell your fears from childhood and friend of the moment. That’s the most easiest and most rewarding part of being a dental assistant for me.

I’m now a stay at home mother. I thought I could bring this all so easily to caring for my little wildflower’s teeth.

Boy, was I wrong!

Can I show her each dental licenses, seals of The New Jersey Dental Board, State Board Exam scores, and years of personal experience.

Sure than she will open up her mouth, right?

“No!”

Ok, it didn’t work.

I have tried my old office tricks but….

“No!” tight-lipped and crying now.

She’s walked away now.

I tried this all at 1 years old.

I now heard these words for the first time today!

“I love to brush my teeth, Mommy!” “I love my pretty toothbrush and I need toothpaste.”

I can hear the angel’s choir singing in my head!

How did I make it from “NO!” to “LOVE!” Here’s my path I took from age 0 to 4 years old.

 

How To Get Your Child To Open For A Brushing Of Teeth!!!


 


Babies wipe out the gums and tongue with a warm clean washcloth after eating and drinking.

Toddlers buy books with photography of children learning about brushing their teeth with a parent.

Pick a favorite toy or doll  to have them brush their teeth.

Have your child brush the toy’s teeth while you brush their teeth.

Read the books and talk about each step together.

Ask your child to tell you about the story back to you. Ask questions because you don’t know how to brush your teeth! Wink, wink…

Put toothpaste on your own brush and have your child brush your teeth. Take turns brushing teeth. Have grandmother, daddy, siblings or their aunt brush your child’s teeth. Then let the child brush your teeth too. Bring everybody in because everyone brushes teeth! Make it a party at the bathroom sink and brush your teeth together!

Show and Tell! Look at my dirty teeth and tongue. I need to brush my teeth! Now look at my clean shiny white teeth and clean pink tongue! Wow!

Toddlers, Preschoolers and The Toothbrush Teacher need a timer!

kitchen timer

a watch

sing a song while brushing teeth like Happy Birthday or make a song up!

Tablet Tooth Brushing Apps

Show videos of parents brushing their child’s teeth!

Toothbrush Time

Pick out a soft bristled toothbrush for your child’s age and yourself.

Hard bristles are made for one thing only! Your bathroom tiled floor!

Soft is the only brush you should and will ever buy again!

Once you picked out the perfect soft toothbrush brand, now is the fun part for your child!

Let them pick the character or color! Wildflower picked Cinderella! She loves Cinderella.

Toothpaste Time

I love all toothpaste by    http://www.tomsofmaine.com   for the whole family with the seal of ADA on the box.

(ADA =American Dental Association)

Training and fluoride toothpaste should not be loaded with dyes and sugars. That’s why I love the natural silly strawberry favor for wildflower.

Have your child watching you brushing, flossing and rinsing out in the sink is the main key. Monkey see, monkey do.

Flossing Time

I just started flossing wildflower’s teeth I had her watch me. Than it was her turn. “No, it will hurt.” Do you want germs stuck between your teeth? She opened pronto! All clean!

The End

The final trick that has been working for endless “I need to brush my teeth they are really dirty. I will go grab the timer.” This is each day and night. Plus, in-between snacks and all on her own!

I would not be able to live without the world of YouTube! They have sooo many videos on tooth brushing songs, songs for tooth brushing for the two recommended minutes and pick any video of your child’s favorite character for around two minutes! It will be your go to timer! But, slowly I am working on not using any tablet or video. Just silent. It has happen a few times. So, we will get there sooner or later.

Which brings us to “I love to brush my teeth.”

It’s been a long exhausting road with crying, fighting, running and screams. But, take a deep breath and try these tips that worked for me!

 

Good luck to you and please ask me any questions if you need help.

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Thank you for reading and show me your biggest brightest shiny smile,

Wildflower Mom

 

 

Breathing Life Into Santa Claus

How do you bring Santa Claus to life for your little child’s imagination?

This was Wildflower’s very 1st year of knowing and understanding him.

So, I wanted to bring in the magic of my storytelling to life!

(I even had Daddy pretend to call Santa on his cell phone. I the mom had to put on a very HO HO HO male voice!

Daddy put “Santa” on speaker phone, so Daddy told me I sounded really good!)

We sat down and I was her secretary for the very first time and I treasured that moment.

She asked for a baby doll, a new ring for Mommy and a hat for Daddy.

Very sweet!

I asked everyone what to do with this special letter! The response was wonderful!

 

The Santa Claus Letter Recipe

Copy the letter and keep the orignal.

Put a pretty sticker on for the postage to The North Pole.

Make a wonderful address for Santa Claus.

Put your child’s name and return address.

We walked over to our small town’s post office. Wildflower handed her very special letter over to her favorite friend, Ms. Debbie.

Ms. Debbie enjoyed this visit!

Some post offices may return a letter from Santa Claus.

 

Your Santa Claus Answers Your Letter Recipe

I sat down in the middle of the night at the kitchen table. (Due to wanting sleep I made spelling mistakes. Letter is spelled leter. Fixed it while she wasn’t looking the next day.)

I wrote on a nice piece of cotton linen resume paper with a fine tipped Sharpie marker.

All in calligraphy Santa Claus wrote the letter!

I rolled and sealed with tape.

Tied a beautiful red cloth ribbon around the letter!

Slipped the letter in our mailbox before she woke up.

 

I waited for Daddy to come home and get the mail! Daddy is a hard-working man and I wanted him to be apart of this special memory. Daddy seeing her face and reaction was a gift in its self!

(My dad was also a hard-working man in his own small engine shop. Dad did miss out a lot on my tender years so I think of all these moments my husband can be apart of for his little girl. I think of moments my dad would have loved to see! Dad just started walking over to his local library just to read my blog. So, this is a special note to thank him and for ever thing that he was done for me! Thank you, Dad. Thank you for reading. Now, I can see through my tears of joy. Love you!)

I loved that my husband didn’t know what the red ribbon letter was either! He had no clue until I picked up my camera. The big hint for him!! Daddy hid the letter behind his back and told Wildflower the special news! Daddy read the letter from Santa Claus at the kitchen table. Wildflower listened to every word! I snapped away with my camera.

 

I asked Wildflower what does she want to do with this letter.

Keep it!

 

Thank you for reading and sharing a memory,

Wildflower Mom

 

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The Battle Of The Pre-K Germs

Pre-K mom’s crazy routine for stopping the germs at the door! Or just trying too!

OK. Call me crazy but I have a must be done routine when my wildflower comes home from Pre-K. I having a background as a dental assistant I have done this a billion times during the working hours. But, now I apply it to my little wildflower. Cross contamination is something I live and breathe even in the real world. I am not a germ phobic but my training in dental school made me this way.

My super best friend Professional Lysol disinfecting spray can Brand III ! Love Professional Lysol cleaning products in every form! I choose the crisp linen scent and spray away. Find all information at http://www.lysol.com OK I am done advertising here.

We come through the door and she immediately knows the drill now. Shoes and shirt and maybe pants are removed. Shoes are sprayed with Lysol spray. Face and hands are scrubbed with warm soap and water. Wash cloth, shirt and pants goes in the hamper to be washed. New shirt, pants and maybe socks. It all depends on how I am feeling really. I ask her if anyone at school was sick, coughing or sneezing. She tells me no. But, knows I am not done. Remember crazy here.

The backpack, folder, jacket, and lunch box are sprayed down with Professional Lysol. Lunch box, bottle, containers and every single part is washed in hot soapy water and dried. Jacket will be added to the wash of course! Only if necessary. If a special prize was given as a reward it too meets Mr. Lysol spray can!

I am not crazy my child will get sick no matter what. But, if I can prevent the germs living and  multiplying. I will not wait until  bath time at the end of the day. Crazy! She is new to being away from her stay at home mom and so germs will attack her more since she was never in daycare. So, this is my crazy battle to have her socialize, learn, and battle the germ wars at home.

Before she was too young to explain germs. But, with the wonderful land of YouTube I got through to her! Now hand washing and germs are second nature. Scrub, scrub and washing the germs down the drain! Pick any video for children’s education on germs. It’s amazing how their little eyes open up to seeing it! So, wildflower is more prepared in knowing just how to be healthy and clean. Plus every time we have to buy a new can for home. We always buy another spray can and wipes for the Pre-K teachers, to help them for clean up time too!

(Yes, I know it’s bad to use spray cans but I always send my child to her room so I can spray. Plus I open the windows to bring in some fresh clean air.)

Thanks for read!

Wildflower Mom

A Toddler’s Discovery Of The Day

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Wildflower’s Water Color Painting

A Little Big Adventure That Was All Covered In Blue Nail Polish!

Being an artist all these years I have really enjoyed teaching my wildflower the love of painting! We have done crayons, markers, finger paints, glue & glitter, poster paints and the list could go on. Wildflower gets so excited with art time!

But, as wildflower has been growing bigger I was taught a lesson by my own child. I learned that there comes to a point that the little ones learn how to unscrew lids!

Of course, it was a time when I was on the phone with a medical office taking care of business. So be it.

Now, was it washable paints that would have been no problem?! No, that would have been too easy right!?

Let’s make it more complex for good old mom here.

Wildflower learned to unscrew the lid on my nail polish, mind you she picked her favorite color in all the world.

Yes, it was BLUE!

Why, did I pick blue a few years ago, it was that pretty kind of blue; you see only on the gorgeous male peacock when the sun light is glistening on his feathers. Love that blue. So, does my little wildflower. So blame me, I got it way before, I was ever thinking of having a child.

Anyways.

I get off the phone and my nose leads me to the beautiful blue mess.

It was in her hair, fingers, hands, pants, shirt, my cardboard box that had my few nail polishes, and this was all taking place on my once made up bed!

So what don’t I have in my dwelling at this time!

I only ever buy nail polish remover in the summer time so, why would I have it now! So, I end up trying everything under the sun for removing spots on everything but nails.

Wrong, yes.

But that’s what happenings when your mind sees this! I, some how ended up doing a web search to how to remove nail polish out of bed sheets and clothes. I tried all the blogs and anything.

Bottom line is.

First, I learned to always and forever have natural nail polish remover in our dwelling any all times.

Second, the brighter the color the longer, it takes to rub and scrub the color out with remover. I don’t have that kind of time with a little wildflower.

Third, it wipes off in seconds with the proper remover from hair, skin and nails.

Fourth, kids clothes are easier to be replaced than trying to save them.

Fifth, it’s OK to have a stain in the bed sheets cause no one will see it but you.

Sixth, is thank God it was not on who knows what!

Seventh, laugh about it cause you will be a little bit light-headed from all the fumes and cold air flowing from all the open windows.

Eighth, and final thing hide all your pretty stuff up high out of little hands reach.

In the end I was told ” I love blue paint!” ” Yes, I know you love blue paint.” All said with  smiles. (hours later I treated somebody to a gift of a beautiful blue beta fish)

Thanks for reading,

Wildflower Mom

How to get pine sap out of your clothes?

While having fun and creating pine cone crafts, it can be a little bit sticky. But don’t let that stop you from having fun!

Yes the sap will get on your hands and coat but no need to freak out! It’s a quick an easy fix!

Trust me!

The solution is good old nail polish remover. Just put the remover on a cotton ball and swipe it on the coat and it will dissolve away.

Ready to throw in the washer. Will come out nice and clean!

Hands all sticky?

Just swap with the cotton ball with the remover. Poof it gone!

Don’t let messy come between you and your child having fun. It’s sticky but it can always be cleaned up afterwards.

Problem solved! Have fun! 🙂