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Top 5: Get Your Kid to Brush Longer

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Helping kids take care of their teeth without kicking, screaming or ingesting their weight in toothpaste.

1. Try tunes: Hasbro has toothbrushes that sing everything from High School Musical to the Black Eyed Peas.

2. Act like a fool: One office Mom sings a silly but effective "I'm brushing, I'm brushing" jingle while doing a little dance.

3. Give 'em incentive: Make brushing a requirement before bedtime stories, or add a li'l scare tactic. A Mom we know tells her daughter that "you have to brush the sugar bugs off your teeth."

4. Let them keep track: Set a timer and challenge them to keep brushing til it goes off. Or, let your children keep track of their brushing habits by hanging a chart in the bathroom.

5. Mommy and Me time: Allow your kids to brush your teeth. Not only will they learn the importance of dental hygiene, they'll get to spend some quality time with you.

To win the High School Musical Toothbrush, click here. For more kid-friendly dental tips, visit Mom Logic friend Dr. Gwenn.

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219 comments so far | Post a comment now
Toby Klang February 22, 2008, 4:59 PM

this is cute

Cindi Aylor February 22, 2008, 5:14 PM

My daughter would BEG to brush.

michelle lopez February 22, 2008, 5:54 PM


Peggy Doty February 22, 2008, 6:19 PM

I want in on this one.

Leona Pullyard February 22, 2008, 6:32 PM

count me in

Misty Ramanathan February 22, 2008, 6:32 PM

My niece would love me if I won!

Linda Moeller February 22, 2008, 7:16 PM

What a super idea to get them brushing.

Catherine copeland February 22, 2008, 7:38 PM

brushing your teeth is so important getting your kids to do it is very hard.

Christine E. February 22, 2008, 8:48 PM

My daughter would absolutely love this.

Christine E. February 22, 2008, 8:49 PM

My daughter would absolutely love this.

sharon February 22, 2008, 9:24 PM

how much fun would this be for the kids? They may brush longer.

Michelle Denison February 22, 2008, 9:46 PM

Its JUST a tooth brush, go buy it at Target! I’ve seen the exact one!

jane yates February 22, 2008, 9:50 PM


jane yates February 22, 2008, 9:51 PM


shawn mckim February 22, 2008, 10:24 PM

My daught would love this

donna pavcik February 22, 2008, 11:00 PM

it would be a hoot to win

Carey Cossey February 22, 2008, 11:17 PM

If I won this I would give it to my niece, Ariel. She is always talking about that movie and it seems like she’s watching it everytime I go over to visit with her.

Tiffany Ginn February 23, 2008, 12:13 AM

Looks like a fun way to brush

Aimee B February 23, 2008, 2:07 AM

Perfect! My daughter would love it!

christopher h February 23, 2008, 2:52 AM

too cool!

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