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Let Your Child's Natural Smile Shine Through.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Orajel™ Kids. However all thoughts and  opinions are 100% my own and may differ from yours. 

If there is one thing that my child hates most in the world is smiling. I'm not exactly sure where that came from because I remember her as a smiling bouncy baby. A baby who would giggle at everything. Then her first birthday came along and it was like pulling teeth to get her to smile. The closest she would come to a smile is a smirk. Or you know those smile where she's obviously saying "cheese". We all know those smiles. One thing that she does however love to do is brushing her teeth. I mean she could stay in the bathroom for hours brushing if you let her so we were super excited when we were asked to participate in the Orajel™ Kids Smilestones campaign. Besides toys, nothing makes her happier knowing that she could be in the bathroom brushing away. We have used Orajel Kids for as long as I can remember and it was the very first toothpaste I bought Madison when she started teething and I introduced a toothbrush. It was one of those that attached to my finger and gently massaged her tooth and gums.

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For this campaign we were sent a Baby Orajel™ Nighttime teething gel, Orajel™ Thomas & Friends™ Fluoride-Free Training Toothpaste and Orajel™ Bubble Guppies™ Brush and Fluoride Toothpaste. Since Madison isn't teething I decided to put the teething gel away because you just never know. She still doesn't have all of her teeth in and this may come in handy one day. She is currently in the training stage so we decided to use the training toothpaste.

The fact that is is fluoride-free was also a plus. While she loves brushing, she doesn't always remember to spit and likes the taste of the toothpaste because according to her "it tastes good". Our water also has fluoride and her dentist also indicated that fluoride toothpaste wasn't necessary at her age.

I usually help out with the brushing of her teeth in the back because as a pre-schooler she still hasn't grasped the concept of brushing all around and in the back, so I help out, but generally she likes doing it herself.

If you have kids of your own and you have a generally hard time getting them to brush their teeth here are a few tips you can use. Remember that the ideal time to brush is 2 minutes.

1. Brush along with them. After all what better example is there than the one where you show your child that brushing is good for them.

2. There are brushing apps that you can use for a countdown that plays a silly sound for 2 minutes. Let your kids know that when the song ends they've done a great job.

3.  Pretend that they're brushing away monsters. Madison hates monsters so we tell her that there are monsters in her mouth and she needs to brush them away.

4.  Have them brush at the same time each and every day and introduce a reward chart. Stickers are fun rewards but you can use a treat once a week. If they brush without fussing they get a special treat at the end of the week.

5. Always use toothpaste and soft toothbrushes designed for kids such as Orajel Kids Fluoride-Free Training Toothpaste or the Orajel Anti-Cavity Fluoride Toothpaste. You can let them choose their own toothbrush design. Kids love choices and this is one that you won't mind them making.

So do you have a little one who doesn't like to smile, or do you have a photo that you would just love to re-do? Well Orajel™ is offering one lucky winner a chance to turn milestones into Smilestones with a $1,000 gift card along with an Orajel™ product prize pack to keep your little one's smile healthy for capturing their next big Smilestone! Enter Orajel Smilestone Sweepstakes!

Let's discuss: What tips do you use to get your little ones to brush daily? 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Orajel™ Kids.

Annmarie John
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  1. I love your tips! When my daughter was smaller we always turned to Orajel teeth cleaning products. I had no idea that they made one with fluoride!

  2. We relied on Orajel when the kids were teething! It really works well.

  3. I love the idea of Smilestones! There's nothing more infectious than a child's smile!

  4. Very cool! I'll be sharing my own Des and Orajel experiences tomorrow! Love!

  5. I have all three of my children brush at the same time. It seems that's the best way to get them all to do an effective job, with a timer.

  6. These are good brushing ideas! When I was a nanny for triplets, I had them see who could brush for the longest. Competition made for some clean teeth, indeed!

  7. Orajel was definitely a good choice for my kids. I never brushed along with them but that's a really good idea!

  8. Madison is too adorable. You provided some great tips! The Tip I would provide is to have a foldable bench nearby for little ones. It's too cute how Gabby grabs her own bench, opens it with ease and grabs her brush.

  9. We started our kids dental health journey with Oragel products. They are products I can trust.

  10. We have a timer. That usually helps them keep focused on how long they should be brushing.

  11. I remember when my son was a two year old, we sang a song about brushing until he finish his brushing teeth.

  12. I used orajel when my kids were teething. It's good to hear that they now have products with fluoride.

  13. I used orajel when my kids were teething. It's good to hear that they now have products with fluoride.

  14. She's beautiful smiles or no smiles. :) My son is a good brusher and my granddaughter is working on it. ;)

  15. Great tips! We've used Orajel kids toothpaste for as long as I can remember. The Thomas on the box has always been a huge selling point for them and a huge help getting them to brush! - Jeanine

  16. We use the monster tip and tell my daughter that same thing about brushing them away. She hates to brush though and I am not sure why since we have been doing it since she was a baby. I will have to try your other tips.

  17. It is important to teach our kids the proper way to brush their teeth. Such a. Important skill to learn at a young age.

  18. Teaching kids good oral hygiene is essential. I would love to see Madison's pretty smile more.

  19. We brush together as a family and sing songs. The kids enjoy it and their teeth get clean.

  20. Awww Madison looks so cute brushing all on her own. She's becoming such a big girl. We love Oral B and I tend to buy their toothbrushes.


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