This paid post is brought to you by the new free Oral-B Disney Timer App as part of a Type-A Parent Community Sponsored Post.
Today I asked my kids “do you like brushing your teeth?” Strange question, probably. They didn’t give a straight answer. I mean, no one likes being nagged to brush their teeth, but who has ever thought of tooth-brushing as a likable thing?
And, really, who has ever taken the time to determine whether you like brushing your teeth? Not me. I haven’t thought about it, ever, until today. But, you know? My answer is “yes.” Yes, I like brushing my teeth. I like the fresh, wake-up your mouth feeling of brushing my teeth.
So, I wondered, do my kids like it?
Recently, in preparation for this post sponsored by Oral B, I was asked what is the craziest thing I’ve ever done to make my kids brush their teeth. The question raised an eyebrow. I couldn’t think of one. Not any crazy, silly or even stupid thing I’ve ever done to make them brush their teeth. I’ve never had to. They just do it. It’s a part of the routine, something that’s done and done right and we move on.
So, if they don’t fight it, they must like it, right?
I was still awaiting an answer. Middle gave the question a little thought before responding a questioning “I guess? I mean. I do it. So I guess I like it.”
Little nodded, “and I didn’t get a cavity!”
But do they brush them correctly?
I’m definitely not a dentist, but I’d like to think that they do a pretty good job of brushing teeth correctly. In fact, when I’m helping Little as we brush her teeth, she’s been known to correct the order or the movement of my hand. Recently, she’s been grabbing the toothbrush from me, as in, “oh, Mom. I’ll just do it for you.”
But no matter how well they do it, there’s no excuse for a toothbrushing quickie. Which is why I do still have to nag them to brush longer or say “I can’t believe you actually brushed your teeth that quickly. Go do it again.” To help kids brush for 2 minutes a day, Oral B created the new Disney Magic Timer App. (The app is free to download, but to use it you’ll need a Crest or Oral B product as the app uses your camera to scan it like a QR Code.) Apparently, my kids had seen the app advertised on TV recently, and Little was all about downloading it and trying it out. It times your tooth brushing time, creating a new Disney-themed picture that will only be complete after the full 2 minutes of brushing. With Disney Magic Timer, kids are encouraged to keep brushing to reveal and earn their latest picture. Y’all. Two minutes is a long time when I’m watching her brush. But she kept on brushing to reveal Cinderella’s picture.
Kids can select their favorite Disney character (which is like a profile icon) to identify their “account” from about 15 (Little was disappointed there was no Elsa option, but I reassured her that Elsa will be mainstream in due time.) There’s also a calendar app that encourages the kids to brush twice a day, recording it on the calendar as they brush.
Tonight as she went to sleep she asked if she could keep the tablet in her room so she can get up and brush again tomorrow morning. So, perhaps she liked brushing before, but now she loves it.
This paid post is brought to you by the new free Oral-B Disney Timer App as part of a Type-A Parent Community Sponsored Post. Featuring sixteen of your favorite Disney and Marvel characters, use this app to seamlessly encourage your kids to brush longer. Collect a new digital sticker after each successful two minutes of brushing; track progress with stars and milestone badges on the Brushing Calendar. Longer, happier brushing for your little one is just a download away!
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