What does potty training and instructing our kiddos on how to brush and floss properly have to do with each other? Well, they are both part of stuff they have to do in that bathroom for the rest of their lives.
Weird to think about that, huh? And it is weird to think that it happens in the same little vicinity. This fact is all the more reason to encourage clean teeth habits -- not just in making sure those teeth are clean but that the area where they do that teeth-cleaning, the hands they use to hold that floss and such are germ-free.
Part of the whole potty training thing is teaching the essential "wash hands after" element. So key to do, especially after that pre-bedtime potty try before they start to they pre-bedtime brushing.
How else can they keep the brushing area clean? Well, here are some other ideas:
-- Rinse the toothbrush properly after they are done using it by running it under the water for a few seconds.
-- After your kids rinse their brushes, be sure they store it upright and uncovered, and away from the toilet as much as possible.
-- It is best if the toothbrush container has specific slots for each toothbrush, not just a regular cup. The different slots ensure toothbrushes don't touch each other.
-- Try to teach them how to put on the toothpaste without having it touch the bristles. This prevents building up bacteria on the tip of the tube and transfering it from brush to brush.
How are your toothbrushes stored when not in use? Do your kids ever use the wrong brush?