Locker Stash Bag for Healthy Teeth All Day
It's Tuesday. Your kid's teeth haven't been brushed since maybe 6:24 this morning. It's now 1:48 in the afternoon...and he's had lunch and gym class and won't be heading home until after soccer practice. That mouth needs some attention pronto.
No kid I know wants to take a few minutes and brush his teeth at school. Make it a bit more enticing by getting him a cool locker stash bag, chock full of handy items for him to take care of those gums and teeth (especially if he has a retainer or braces).
How to make a locker stash bag? First off, let him pick the bag. Is he into Spiderman? The Chicago Bears? Skateboarding? Whatever he wants to pick and that fits in his locker or backpack is key. Having a hard time finding a small enough pouch? Pencil cases are an ideal size to store a small toothbrush and toothpaste and whatever else he may need.
Then, hit the travel section of your store for some great ways to fill it. Travel size tubes of toothpaste and toothbrushes fit easily into any bag. Maybe he won't have time to do a full brushing, but even having some kids fluoride rinse handy is better than nothing. If you can't find a small size of the rinse, grab a fun-colored travel size bottle and fill it up with his favorite flavor. Also toss in some dental floss picks -- so easy to use! Last but not least, maybe a small mirror for him. It helps to get one with a case, just to keep it safe and sound.
Now, how do you get him to use the contents of his cool stash bag? You can't force him, but reminding him about how a person's breath can get kind of nasty throughout the day, especially after eating and exercising, is sure to make him at least think about hitting the bathroom for a quick brush.
How do you get your kids to brush their teeth at school?