I don’t know about you, but when I look back to my childhood dental experience it’s a wonder I don’t hate going to the dentist. My family dentist for most of my childhood was an old man from Transylvania. Yes, for reals! Then I moved to California and our dentist was right down the street from our house and he was young-ish and had all kinds of cool techy stuff.
I remember the first time going to the new dentist and being complimented on how clean my teeth were. And I remember him laughing when I told him it’s probably because I was afraid of my other dentist. But, it was true. I had a cavity and I’m pretty sure the instruments used were from “the old country” because they looked like something he stole from the Smithsonian. From then on I vowed to keep my teeth extra, super-duper, sparkly clean.
Fast forward to becoming a parent. It’s one thing to be obsessed with having clean teeth for yourself. It’s something completely different to pass on such a quirk. But, I really believe that good oral hygiene starts early. And it was something I wanted BabyGirl to know. I never want her to be afraid of the dentist. Her first dental appointment was when she was about a year old. And when I tell people this I often get weird looks. Sometimes even a puzzled “Why?”.
Our current dentist is awesome. She’s been our dentist for almost 20 years. Even as we’ve moved we would make our travel plans to come back to see her every 6 months. Again, proof I’m crazy. She and her staff are so encouraging to BabyGirl. But, as you probably know, getting kids to brush and floss isn’t as easy as all the cutesy ads make it out to be.
When I was a teen and got braces I remember my mom getting me a Waterpik to help me keep my teeth clean. That little device was my best friend since I couldn’t floss my teeth easily. So when I saw the new Waterpik for Kids with the stickers I knew it was time to introduce BabyGirl to something that would not only be fun but very beneficial. Using the Waterpik for the first time was hilarious! BabyGirl ended up squirting more water on the mirror and vanity than she got in her mouth!
Since getting the Waterpik for Kids, I couldn’t be happier with BabyGirl’s eagerness to take care of her teeth. She had pretty good dental hygiene already, but there’s just something about pulsating and squirting water that makes bru
shing and flossing more of a joy. I nolonger have to ask and double check and ask again if she brushed and flossed. And she told me it’s fun and that after a few days she’s already noticed a few differences.
She’s almost 10 and the creep of self consciousness is speeding up. She notices other kids’ smiles more and she is more aware of hers. The tween years are upon us and having a confident smile is becoming more important. So it was even more of a win that BabyGirl wanted to have her own water flosser.
If you have kids 6-12, a water flosser might be just what you need. And, really, for older kids it could be the perfect way to get them to floss without nagging.
5 reasons having a water flosser is more effective and more fun for kids (of all ages!)
- When used with brushing, water flossers have been proven 3X as effective as dental floss
- The unit can be customized with cling stickers so kids can decorate it as they like
- Removes bacteria deep between teeth and below the gum-line where brushing and traditional flossing can’t reach
- Kids can control the speed of the pulsating water so they’re in charge of the flossing
- Watching the junk go in to the sink is fun for many kids, and lets them know they’re doing a good job
Having good oral hygiene starts early. Having both parents who are on board with helping kids brush and floss is important. But when kids can take an active role and really want to clean their teeth, that’s a huge parenting win!
If you want tooth brushing time to be fun, consider the Waterpik for Kids. You can get the kids water flosser online for under $50. Or you can get Get a $10 Savings coupon when you “Like” Water Pik on Facebook (must use by 9/4/12) and purchase your unit at a local retailer. You can also receive a $10 coupon for the Waterpik Complete Care water flosser/sonic toothbrush combo.
This is a sponsored conversation for Waterpik. I was provided a Waterpik for BabyGirl and a Waterpik for grown ups. This post reflects my views and opinions and was not reviewed or edited by a third party. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.