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How To Get Kids Enthusiastic About Dental Hygiene

How To Get Kids Enthusiastic About Dental Hygiene

There’s great news in the dental sphere for parents and kids alike: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that fewer kids have cavities! The latest statistics compiled show that around 43% of kids aged two to 19 have cavities, down 50 per cent from four years previously. Of course, as far as kids are concerned, any cavity is superfluous. The pain and anxiety associated with tooth decay can be avoided by ensuring that kids are motivated to stick to their dental routine. Follow these tips and your kids will be flashing their pearly whites for many years to come.

Finding the causes of tooth decay in children

Before building a tooth hygiene strategy, it is vital to be aware of most common culprits, which include consuming a diet that is high in refined sugar (including cookies, pasta, and bread), sharing utensils with others (since bacteria can be passed on), and failing to clean teeth regularly. Getting kids used to a healthy, Mediterranean-style diet comprising lean protein, Omega-3-rich fats, and plenty of seasonal fruits and vegetables, will seriously reduce the likelihood of decay. Moreover, this type of nutritional regime will help them stay at a healthy weight and hopefully be the start of a healthy relationship with food throughout their lifetime. Get kids excited about nutrition by using informative apps. Teach them to look for ingredients such as fructose, partially hydrogenated oil, or additives when you go shopping, and have fun in the kitchen by encouraging kids to help you prepare meals.

Pre-tooth hygiene

A child’s routine should start early, even before they grow any teeth! Parents should pass a clean, warm, wet cloth over the gum area to eliminate potentially harmful bacteria. You can also use gauze for this purpose, wrapping this material around your pointer finger and rubbing it along the gum at least once a day. If your child is teething, use cold water, which will help soothe the pain. Once your child starts on solid foods, repeat this step after each meal. As teeth begin to come through, you should use a toothpaste made for your children, brushing twice a day. Be particularly thorough with the back molars, which tend to be the first teeth to develop cavities.

Professional dental visits are key

The standard time at which children are advised to see a dentist is six months after the eruption of the first tooth. Dentists will ensure you are cleaning your child’s teeth correctly, and let you know if they have particular fluoride needs. Your dentist will look at your child’s teeth, jaw, bite, and gum health, to identify any potential issues. Sometimes, the removal of tartar or plaque buildup will be required, in which case gentle cleaning will be recommended by your dentist. Parents should also know that emergency dental services are available, should their child need it. In other words, do take your child to the dentist in case of an emergency – don’t put it off, as it will help you avoid future complications. In a normal case scenario however, kids should see the dentist every six months, though more visits may be required if orthodontics or other treatments are required.

Getting children excited about dental hygiene

In order to motivate kids, it is important to get them excited about brushing their teeth. There are electric toothbrushes such as the Philips Sonicare for kids, which come with colorful, fun apps that ‘accompany kids’ during brushing, showing them the angle at which to place their toothbrush and encouraging them to stay on each tooth for the right amount of time. These toothbrushes also have fun features such as stickers, bright colors, and other ways for children to personalize their toothbrush.

Making it a fun experience

The best way to teach children the importance of a healthy diet and dental hygiene is by setting a good example. Add a bit of fun to the process by brushing your teeth alongside your child. Use music or dance to create your own special ‘routine’. Soon, kids will see brushing as a highlight of their day. When they are old enough to use floss, encourage this habit, as a way to keep cavities at bay.

To ensure that kids brush their teeth regularly, ensure they visit a good dentist, adopt a regular brushing routine, and add a few fun ingredients into the equation. Having a beautiful, cavity-free smile is vital when it comes to being self-confident. Empower your kids to smile from ear to ear throughout their lifetime, both at work and in social settings.


The best times of the year to shop for kids items

The best times of the year to shop for kids items

When is a good time to buy kids swimwear? Did you guess February? Probably not, but February is when most families begin thinking about summer plans and Moms are shopping 2 seasons early to spike the excitement of these summer plans. This is according to Zulily’s new, Best Time to Shop for Kids Trend Report!

The report gives other times of the year that are best for buying kids items. July is the favorite toy shopping month and November is the best time to buy nursery and baby gear. The reasons are explained in the report. Let’s take a quick look at what months are best to shop for kids items:

January: shop for athletic wear (yes, for your kids). Have you ever waited until March to find spring sports cleats? Too late! For sneakers, track suits and athletic apparel, start in January.

February: shop for swimwear (burr)! However, Summer planning has started, so get the swimsuits, sunscreen and sandals ordered so you can focus on just getting out the door come vacation time.

March: shop for luggage and bags. The trip is planned, the swimwear is ordered and now it is time for the bag check. Sales spike in April so jump on it and get ready to teach the kids how to pack a bag.

April: shop for camping gear. Many retailers like Zulily spike camping sales in April, May. You will want to start shopping early April and restock that camping gear so you are ready!

May: shop for your gymnast or dancer. May seems to be the best time to shop leotards and dance wear.

June: shop for Halloween. Seriously! Have you ever waited until September to find the popular costumes and have to redo plans? I have! June and July are great Halloween costume buying months.

July: shop for toys. Toys teach and with school starting soon, stock up on toys that bring out the thinker, doer and their imaginations.

August: shop for special occasion apparel. If there is an event happening at all the second half of the year, shop now! It is about to get busy, so now is the time to stop and plan special celebrations.

September: shop for kids coats. The best stock is before sales start dumping product fast in October.

October: shop for kids statement pieces. They have their own identities and we can express that in their clothing and accessories. As the Holidays near, stock up on essentials in October.

November: shop for baby and nursery deals. It seems as retailers are FALL-ing for babies this time of the year with new design releases and sales.

December: shop for bloomers. Think frills and lace and bottoms for the colder season.

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I am a planner and when I find the right times to shop that offer me either the best deals or guarantee of in-stock items then I plan ahead. I don’t experience the stress of last minute rushes or the hassle of driving to multiple stores to find what I need when I create shopping plans. You can become a better planner as well with the Best Time to Shop for Kids Trend Report that is up to date with the best tips.

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Deep Touch Pressure Stimulation with Weighted Blankets Keeps Monsters Away

Deep Touch Pressure Stimulation with Weighted Blankets Keeps Monsters Away

We know that monsters are not real, but try telling a child that at night after a nightmare. The insecurities of bedtimes are such a big emotion to a small child, especially with night terrors or nightmares. The good news is there is a tool parents can use with their children to help keep the monsters away. Weighted blankets! And Moxie Blankets offers the perfect weights and colors for children along with their Monster Protection Academy.

No other weighted blanket brand that I have found offers children with bedtime anxieties a certified weighted MPA (Monster Protection Academy) Blanket, No More Monsters Book and a Monster Protection Academy Certificate in one bedtime bundle. The reason why these weighted blankets work to ease bedtime anxieties is because of Deep Touch Pressure Stimulation. DPS is firm but gentle pressure that relaxes the nervous system. This allows one blanket to cover the body in a gentle weight that surrounds the entire body in a layer of calmness and security.

For adults, these weighted blankets can offer so much more than calmness, as they can help with Restless Leg Syndrome and many adults with insomnia have found better sleep under a weighted blanket. Allow your kids to stay cozy and protected in the comfort of their own beds while keeping monsters away under their MPA 5 or 7 pound weighted blanket. Visit for your own weighted blanket as well as for your child.


How to Help Your Children Avoid Pedestrian Accidents

You may never be able to prevent every accident from happening, but there are steps you can take to potentially reduce the risk and make you and your children safer when out in public. The next time you venture out for a walk with your family, keep the following tips in mind to help your children avoid pedestrian accidents

Use Sidewalks

The average New Jersey pedestrian accident lawyer assists with a wide range of pedestrian accident claims, but many would likely say that very few happen on sidewalks. Most vehicles will steer clear of sidewalks, which means they may be the safest place for you and your children to be when navigating your town or city’s streets. 

If there are no sidewalks for you to use, one of the most crucial pedestrian safety tips you can teach your children is to walk on the left side of the road. Rather than having traffic approaching from behind, they can see it coming toward them. 

Limit Your Distractions

It can be easy to be preoccupied when you’re walking along a busy street. You might be distracted by store displays, your phone, and the people around you. However, it can be crucial to make your children your primary focus. By staying alert of your surroundings, you can be on the lookout for any hazards that may pose a risk to their health and safety. 

Make Yourself Visible

Driving conditions can change every day, and if you’re walking with your children or on your own, you want to be as visible as possible to vehicle operators. Wear light-colored clothing and even consider the use of reflective materials to make you more visible in low lighting.  If you’re walking your children to school, shop around for backpacks with reflective features to further increase their visibility. 

Teach the Importance of Stopping and Looking

Children don’t always understand when they’re in dangerous situations as they haven’t developed their danger awareness instincts yet. As a result, they may not think twice about chasing a ball onto the road or running across a busy street when they’re running late for school. 

Teach your children about the importance of stopping and looking as soon as you start walking around your local streets with them. Each time you need to stop and cross a street, verbally state what you’re doing and why you’re doing it to help them understand why it’s a rule they must follow. 

Use Crosswalks

In 2017, one in five children under age 15 killed in traffic accidents were pedestrians. While not all of these accidents can be prevented, you may be able to help your children be safer by teaching them about the importance of using crosswalks. 

Even if they have to walk out of their way to access one, these dedicated walking areas may be easier for drivers to see than a child stepping out onto a busy road that isn’t safe for pedestrians. 

Walking may be an effective way to get to your destination, but it can be dangerous for children who don’t know how to keep themselves safe. The next time you venture out for a family walk, keep these practical tips in mind.