Getting children to brush their teeth can often be a stressful and frustrating activity. The endless excuses such as the toothpaste doesn’t taste nice, they don’t want to, it feels horrible etc., it can make it difficult for parents every morning and evening to complete this simple and important task.
The key here is to make this routine a little more exciting for them, by buying them a funky toothbrush, experimenting with different tasting toothpastes, watching videos of how to brush your teeth, teeth cleaning rhymes and songs that they can learn and brush there to, can all help.
There are also a few other ways to encourage children to clean their teeth, through simple fun facts about our teeth. We have put together our top 10 list of fun facts below.
> People who drink 3 or more glasses of fizzy pop each day have 62% more tooth decay, fillings and tooth loss than others. Replace a few of those drinks with water or milk, or something less harsh on your teeth.
> The average person only brushes for 45 to 70 seconds a day, the recommended amount of time is 2-3 minutes.
> More than 300 types of bacteria make up dental plaque.
> There are 10-12 teaspoons of sugar in a single can of full fat coke.
> During the 1850s, a new toothpaste in a jar called a Crème Dentifrice was developed and in 1873 Colgate started the mass production of toothpaste in jars.
> Adults have 32 teeth children have 20 teeth. The 20 teeth children have usually come in by the time they are 3 years old, and they start to fall out around 5 or 6 years old.
> There are 4 different types of teeth: Incisors, Canine teeth, Premolars, Molars.
> Kids laugh around 400 times a day, adults just 15 times a day. Hands up who wants to be a kid again?
> About a third of each tooth is underneath your gums. This is why keeping your gums healthy is as important.
> The average woman smiles 62 times a day. The average man smiles about 8 times a day. Men need to start smiling more and show those pearly whites!Back to Blog