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My child thrives on routine. He always has. When we get into busy seasons of our lives, his routines can be thrown off. Summertime is just one of our busy seasons filled with vacations, part-time preschool and later bedtimes.
Summertime is also full of photos. We take a lot of photos on a regular basis, but my son has also gotten into taking selfies with me. When we take these photos, I want to be sure we have the best smiles possible, which means we need to keep our teeth in sparkling shape.
We started the summer off with my son’s regular dentist visit. I make sure he gets two cleanings a year, and while the dentist visits have been a challenge for him, this was the first one that he laid back in the chair with me standing next to him. We were all so proud of him! We have a great pediatric dentist that he has gone to since he was a year old, and his visits have gone from a couple of us holding him down to clean his teeth to finally laying back by himself. He still wanted me to hold his hand, but this is what progress looks like!
Being summertime and I’m back at work, things can get chaotic. I remind my son every day to make sure his teeth get brushed in the morning. We’re working on him being more independent and doing this himself. My husband or I still help (a lot) at nighttime to be sure his teeth are cared for.
Our nighttime routine looks a little like this:
3. Teeth. I brush his teeth (for two minutes – I’ll time it.) We spend a minute with him saying “ah” and then “eeee”. When we finish, I tell him to close his teeth for “eee” and I get tip to tip (the very back teeth.) This was a tip the dentist gave me. He then gets a minute to brush his teeth, and we then floss, and he will swish with fluoride.
4. Selfies. Oh, yes. My child loves a fun selfie, so I will let him take photos on my phone and he can see for himself what his teeth look like.
Brushing teeth is non-negotiable. There have been nights we get home really late and it would be so incredibly easy to skip teeth brushing (sometimes we skip bathtime or books), but we never skip caring for our teeth.
I love that Orajel™ makes various stages of toothpaste, so we’re prepared for our baby and my preschooler. He still loves Paw Patrol, so the fact that his favorite characters are on his toothpaste is exciting to him.
By making sure we take care of our smiles, I can get photos like this out of him:
What do your summer routines look like?
I’m excited to be part of the Orajel™ Smilehood community – a group of moms promoting healthy smiles and oral hygiene. I’ll be sharing my stories and tips over the next several months – and hopefully learning some new tricks and techniques as we navigate parenting a newborn again. Read my previous posts about Preparing for Baby (and Teething) and Caring for Baby Teeth and Gums.