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Looking for a fun way to encourage your child to brush their teeth and adopt a healthy dental routine?
At Brush-Baby we’re always keen to make brushing time as fun as possible. That is why we offer a FREE 4-week toothbrushing chart with every order. You can order yours here and get a little help from Mikey and his friends to encourage your little one to brush their teeth twice a day.
Complete your chart and your little one can win a prize!
Simply tick off the circles on the chart each time your child brushes their teeth. When their chart is completed, simply email a photo of them with their completed chart to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will enter them in our monthly prize draw for the chance to win Crayola colouring products. Good luck!
To encourage regular brushing and turn your child into a Toothbrushing Champ, why not try using our fun Brush-Baby reward stickers, featuring Bobbie Bunny, Mikey Beaver and Ziggy Monster? You can find them here – brushing reward stickers!
Did you know our products are used by health care professionals too?
Dr. Sonia Feldman, from Venezuela, kindly demonstrated the use of our DentalWipes to a patient of hers in a recent video, which you can watch below.
Dr. Sonia Feldman has been an expert in Dentistry for many years now, and in 2006 she completed a specialist course in dentistry for babies at the Universidad Norte Do Parana, in Londrina, Brazil.
After her studies, Dr Feldman soon realised there was a lack of understanding about baby dental care, and so started a programme in 2007 to educate parents on how to look after their little one’s teeth – Ninos sin Caries (Children without Caries*).
The Programme is still going strong today, and although the advice remains the same, products have changed. Included in the programme is a talk from the Doctor herself, as well as an oral exam and demonstrations for parents to learn how to keep teeth clean and healthy. As you can see from the video clip, Dr Feldman is an advocate of the Brush-Baby DentalWipes, which she has been using in her clinics to great effect.
It is paramount you’re using the right products for your little one’s teeth. You can shop our specialist range, designed specifically for babies and young children, here.
Spring is officially here and Easter is fast approaching, which means Bobbie’s close friend, the Easter Bunny, will undoubtedly be visiting our kids with lots of yummy chocolate treats to share.
Whilst we all enjoy a chocolate treat, and Easter is the perfect excuse for a little indulgence; it is important not to let our children’s oral health suffer as a consequence. To help you ensure your little ones’ teeth stay healthy and sparkly white this Easter, Bobbie’s put together a few great tooth-care tips for kids.
- Monitor your child’s intake
Chocolate will do more damage to the teeth the longer it stays in the mouth, because more acids are produced that can cause tooth decay. Try and give your child smaller pieces, so that won’t stay in their mouth for as long a period of time.
- Keep chocolate to meal times
Instead of opting for a chocolate snack, try keeping the chocolate to meal times at home, so that your little ones’ teeth can be cleaned after munching.
- Things to eat and drink after consuming chocolate
Having certain foods and drinks after eating chocolate will help to counteract the acids and sugar that cause tooth decay. Fruit and vegetables, such as carrots, apples and celery, make a perfect snack and help stimulate the production of saliva in the mouth at the same time.
Saliva is beneficial for teeth, as it provides natural protection against bacteria. It will also help break down food particles in the mouth, such as chocolate, which can get stuck in the teeth. Also, make sure you give your child plenty of water to drink after eating chocolate, to help rinse the mouth and wash away any remaining remnants.
- Choose sugar-free options
Your average chocolate brands contain a lot of sugar; which is the prime cause for tooth decay. Look for the reduced sugar and sugar-free options in shops to help prevent cavities.
- Choose alternatives to traditional Easter Eggs
If you are really concerned about your child having chocolate this Easter, there are plenty of fun alternatives you can offer. Swap the traditional chocolate egg for an Easter-related toy, celebrate by decorating hard-boiled eggs, bake your own sugar-free Easter treats or enjoy a day trip to a Spring Petting Zoo to meet some baby animals.
We hope you find Bobbie’s toothy tips of use. To celebrate Easter, we're offering you the chance to win a year's family membership to the National Trust. Head over to our Facebook page to find out how to enter.
A recent study has found that thousands of parents are taking their children to pharmacists and other non-dental health services, instead of the dentist for teeth and oral pain, which
- could be costing NHS England £2.3 million a year.
The study, which was carried out by the Queen Mary’s University of London, researched more than half of London’s pharmacies and
- nearly 7,000 parents seeking painkillers for children aged 0-19 (during a 10 week period)
- 2 in 3 parents were seeking pain medication related to oral pain
- Only 30% had tried taking their child to a dentist first
- 40% of those children had toothache
- Whilst 20% had pain from a newly erupting tooth
- 15% had a mouth ulcer.
The trend to visit non-dentist health services was particularly more so on weekends, when dentists are likely to be closed. Researchers said children’s teeth were put at risk by parents taking them to the wrong place to seek medical advice or relief of symptoms for their oral problems, when the cause of the tooth or oral pain requires investigation from a dental specialist.
Lead researcher, Dr Vanessa Muirhead, said: “Children with oral pain need to see a dentist for a definitive diagnosis and to treat any tooth decay. These children had not only failed to see a dentist before their pharmacy visit; they had seen GPs and a range of other health professionals outside dentistry.”
Brush-Baby promotes the important of looking after a child’s oral welfare from the day they are born and advocate looking after gums and teeth as early as possible. A good dental hygiene routine and regular visits to the dentist are vital in preventing oral health problems in the future. Look after them now and they will look after you!
Earlier this month, Brush-Baby had the pleasure of supplying Ealing parents with a selection of our award-winning baby dental products at the Ealing Mummy and Baby Steps Event! The event, which took place at The Grove in central Ealing, was hosted by Joanne Szczyglowski – a local Ealing Mum and author of The Ealing Mummy and Katherine Whitby from Baby Steps. More than 20 parents turned up for the morning to learn more about how to take care of their little ones teeth.
Following a warm welcome, parents and babies were treated to a performance from Monkey Music Ealing and Acton. Parents were then given talks and demonstrations covering all the basics of tooth care; including important topics such as teething.
Attendees were amazed by the plethora of information given at the event, with one parent admitting that it can be difficult to know where to begin with looking after baby teeth and often they’ll resort to the internet, where information isn’t necessarily always correct. However, Joanne and other speakers gave them a new-found confidence in taking care of their little ones dental health.
At the end of the event, parents were given a tooth care goody bag; which included several of our products from our 0-3 range:
- Teething Wipes
- FirstBrush & FirstTeether
- Teething Toothpaste
- Chewable Toothbrush
- BabySonic Electric Toothbrush
Overall, the event was a huge success and Joanne hopes to host many more in the future.
Unless the recent weather resulted in you avoiding all contact with shopping, you can’t failed to have noticed that this Sunday (11th March 2018), is Mother’s Day. You shouldn’t need a reason; however old you are, to show your mum your appreciation for all that she has done for you and will do in the future, but if you do, this Sunday is the perfect opportunity to do so!
For some, a special gift is in order. For others it’s a nice meal out. It might just be finally spending some quality time together. Perhaps you have an ancient family tradition, passed down the generations?
Other countries celebrate Mother’s Day too, but the special day typically falls on a different date. Below we’ve rounded up some of the many weird and wonderful ways other countries will be showing their mums some love on their Mother’s Day:
In France, Mother’s Day takes place on the last Sunday of May or first Sunday of June. . Traditionally, French children will spend the day doing chores for their Mothers, giving them gifts and a large celebration meal is always held at the end of the day.
Instead of March, in India, Mother’s Day is celebrated during the second week of May. Indian Culture is very family-orientated, so children spend the day thanking their mums for everything they do and it’s protocol that mum stays out the kitchen, so everyone else can prepare a big, celebratory meal for her.
In Ethiopia, Mother’s Day is celebrated at the end of the rainy season, as part of the ‘Antrosht’ festival, which celebrates mums for three whole days! When the rain has cleared, families gather together for a large feast, where the daughters will traditionally bring along vegetables, butter, spices and cheese, whilst the sons bring along the meat.
Mother’s Day in Japan falls on the second Sunday of May and many children will spend time at school creating art to celebrate their mums; which is then entered into a worldwide competition. As well as this, gifts are exchanged; the most common gifts being red carnations, scarves, handkerchiefs and handbags.
Mother’s Day is especially important in Taiwan as it falls on the same day as the Buddha’s birthday. Therefore, many celebrations are held; from carnivals to lavish parties; to not only celebrate the Buddha, but also Mothers.
In Serbia, Mother’s Day is one of three holidays celebrated in December; the other two being Children’s Day and Father’s Day! On Children's Day, children are tied up and must agree to behave before they are unbound. Then on Mother's Day, it is the mum's turn to be tied up; where she will remain until she gives treats and small gifts to her children. Lastly, on Father’s Day, it is Dad’s turn to be tied up until they present their families with Christmas gifts. A large feast is then enjoyed by the whole family!
The Swedish like to do things a little differently on Mother’s Day, which is celebrated on the last Sunday of May. Children will often gather at the local markets to sell small, plastic flowers, with the money then being used to send the children and their Mothers on a little getaway.
We’ve all had at least a visit or two from the Tooth Fairy, a mythical spirit whom has been around since at least the Middle Ages, therefore it comes as no surprise that there are ‘days’ dedicated to celebrate the Tooth Fairy itself, and one of those ‘days’ happens to fall on February 28th!
A child’s first Tooth Fairy visit is a memorable event, that as an adult recalls fond childhood memories. There are different Tooth Fairy traditions around the world, but the most common, is the exchange of money for a lost tooth which is placed under the child’s pillow where they sleep. Not only is it a representation of good luck, but it’s intended to reassure them during the distressing and confusing event of losing their first teeth.
In light of National Tooth Fairy Day, Brush-Baby have put together a guide for parents for everything you need to know about the special event, including what to do if the Tooth Fairy forgets to visit!
Introducing the Tooth Fairy
Children will have mixed emotions about the idea of the Tooth Fairy – some will be excited while others may be scared. Explain that the Tooth Fairy is a friend and will leave behind a present as a sign of good luck.
If your child doesn’t like the idea of the Tooth Fairy, don’t force the ‘visit’. You can create your own mythical creature based on what your child likes, such as a superhero, or simply reward your child with a treat for their bravery.
Planning the Tooth Fairy’s first visit
Traditionally, the child’s lost tooth is left under their pillow, but some children might like to leave it somewhere else, such as a trinket box. Another common place to leave the tooth is in a glass of water and parents can tell the child that the Tooth Fairy jumped in and swam down to get it! For novelty, you can sprinkle trails of glitter in the child’s bedroom and on the window sill to show signs of the Tooth Fairy’s visit.
What do you do with the teeth?
Your child is likely to ask questions about where the teeth go or what happens to them next and parents can make up stories, for example, the fairies use them to make fairy dust. Some parents like to store them until the child is older, in specially designed containers for memorabilia.
Choose the amount of money to give
It’s common to give different amounts of money to your children for different teeth, for example, increasing the amount for lost molars as they are larger, but remember that your children have a lot of teeth to lose Therefore don’t start off too high!
What to do if the Tooth Fairy forgets?
It’s common to forget to play the role of Tooth Fairy at least once, resulting in a disappointed child. Inventing a ‘twist’ to add to your Tooth Fairy story can help resolve their tears. Get your child to write a letter to the Tooth Fairy to leave under their pillow, explaining that they are upset, or leave the money under a different pillow and say the Tooth Fairy must’ve got confused! You could even leave an apology note written from the Tooth Fairy explaining that they were on holiday!
The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPH) partnered with the Office of the Chief Dental Officer (OCDO) and the British Society for Paediatric Dentistry (BSPD) to host a one-day conference, dedicated to children’s oral health.
Entitled “Why Children’s Dental Health is Everybody’s Business”, the conference was attended by professionals working with children, including dentists, health visitors, school nurses and paediatricians.
The conference was developed to highlight the current issues surrounding children’s oral health and the importance for professionals working with children to spot early signs of poor dental hygiene. Monitoring a child’s oral health should be a regular practice towards a child’s general well-being and it’s never too early to consider dental care. Parents or guardians should consider first visits to the dentist before the age of 1.
All professionals who have contact with young children have a responsibility to call out for any warning signs of bad health. If dental problems among children are left too late and not resolved earlier on, there could be serious consequences on a child’s future and happiness.
The day commenced with Baroness Floella Benjamin, OBE, and co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on A Fit and Healthy Childhood, delivering her key note address, “Why a child’s bright smile bodes well for a healthier, brighter future”, Baroness Benjamin stressed how important it was for children’s oral health to be on the Government’s radar and that NHS dentistry should be properly funded. “Children with higher levels of disease in primary teeth are at higher risk of disease in secondary teeth,” said the Baroness.
Claire Stevens, a Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry at the University Dental Hospital of Manchester and part of the BSPD (British Society of Paediatric Dentists) Dental Check by One campaign, spoke about her week as curator of the NHS Twitter account last October when she broadcasted messages about children’s oral health to 23,000 followers. She emphasised the importance of reaching out to audiences in different ways and the power of Social Media to bring a cause to people’s attention.
Here at Brush-Baby, we are always keen to promote early-years gum and toothcare and found it beneficial to be in like-minded company. We will continue to ensure that everybody realises that baby teeth do matter.
Not everyone thinks of oral health when it comes to Valentine’s Day, but we sure do! According to statistics in the US, 50% of respondents said they receive ‘candy’ for Valentine’s Day and we are sure the numbers are likely to be similar in the UK. Although it’s a lovely gesture, it can be an extremely tough time for your teeth.
You may also have noticed that Valentine’s Day has started to become a thing in primary schools, with our little Romeo and Juliets keen not to miss out and likely to be the recipients of sweets and chocolates too.
Therefore, to ensure you and your little ones’ teeth and gums receive some love this Valentine’s Day too, we’ve listed below a few easy ways to care for them.
Brush your teeth for 2 minutes, twice a day
Since our launch, the Brush-Baby team have been working hard to get parents and their little ones to brush their teeth 2 times a day, for 2 minutes each time, and it’s particularly important on a day where you’re likely to indulge in sugary treats.
Sugar feeds decay-causing bacteria in the mouth, so it’s important to keep teeth and gums clean to prevent tooth decay.
Use the correct amount of fluoride toothpaste
It’s important to use toothpaste that contains the right amount of fluoride. It stops sugar from giving your teeth and gums a battering!
Adults should use toothpaste that contains at least 1,350 parts per million (ppm) fluoride. For children aged 3 and under, use lower-strength fluoride toothpaste which contains at least 1,000ppm fluoride.
Parents should be using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on their toothbrush, whilst children under the age of 3 should use just a smear. Eating more sugar this Valentine’s doesn’t mean you need to change the amount of toothpaste on the brush.
Floss, floss, floss!
Flossing is vital when it comes to the care of your teeth and gums, especially after consuming extra sugar. Getting right between the gaps of your teeth will remove any bacteria and food; something which a standard toothbrush can’t do.
If you’re struggling to get your little one to floss, try our FlossBrushes.
Go the extra mile this Valentine’s
If you’re planning on showing your teeth and gums some extra love this Valentine’s, try using a mouthwash that contains fluoride. However, we recommend using it a few hours after brushing your teeth as it can wash off the fluoride concentrate left from the toothpaste. Choose a different time to use mouthwash, such as after lunch.
We hope our ‘tooth loving tips’ have given you some ideas on how to look after your little ones’ teeth and gums this Valentine’s Day and beyond. We can assure you that they’ll love it!
It’s been a few weeks since Katrina, aged 14 months, paid a visit to her dentist for her very first check-up. Her mum, Angela, was concerned over her daughter’s tooth after it had chipped whilst falling in the bath. After reading online about the importance of dental care in toddlers, she thought it was the perfect opportunity to get her little one’s teeth checked by a dentist.
Angela first phoned her dental practice to book Katrina’s appointment, only to be told that they weren’t taking on any more NHS patients and she would have to go elsewhere. Angela then spoke to her parents who recommended their dental practice and Katrina was able to get an appointment the following day.
During Katrina’s first dental check-up, she was open to letting the dentist open her mouth and inspect. In fact, she seemed quite happy. Katrina had been using a toothbrush from the age of 6 months, so she was used to the feeling of her gums being touched. To help Katrina feel even more relaxed, the dentist gave her and Angela a dental mask so that she can get used to seeing people wearing one, making her next dental appointment less daunting.
After examining Katrina’s teeth and gums, the dentist advised that Katrina would need a small filling to recover the tooth that chipped during the bath incident.
Overall, both Katrina and Angela were satisfied with their dental visit and left feeling at ease. The dentist gave Katrina a reward sticker, and of course her very own dental mask. We can’t complain – it’s better than a lollipop!
At Brush-Baby, we’re continually on a mission to provide more information about the importance of dental check-ups for babies, toddlers and children.
Click here to read more about the DCby1 campaign, aiming to get more children through the dentists’ doors before the age of 1.
To kick-start your little one’s dental routine, take a look at our early years’ dental care range here.