One of my daily struggles with my kidlets is to get them to brush their teeth. To get them to brush their teeth the right way. To get them to brush them long enough. To get them to use mouthwash. I’ve tried just about everything – including trying extreme measures such as ultimatums, bribing with an extra book at bedtime and even taking away some of their precious cartoon/video game time.
I know how important it is to teach my kidlets the importance of healthy oral care habits. Hurried, insufficient brushing is one of the major causes of early childhood cavities. But lets get real here, my kidlets see brushing their teeth as another tedious chore they have to do – like making their bed, putting their toys away and clearing their dishes from the table.
I’ve always found that the easiest way to keep my kidlets interested and engaged in doing anything is to make it fun – even like a game.
That’s where Firefly® toothbrushes and mouth rinse comes in. Firefly® understands how important it is for kids to form good habits from an early age and have made their toothbrushes fun to use and encourages kids to brush for a proper amount of time.
The Firefly® Ready Go Brush™ lights up like a stoplight to show kids how long to brush each row of teeth, making it super easy for kids to follow. As you can see from my photos, all my daughter has to do is push the button on the front. The green light flashes for 30 seconds, then the yellow light flashes for another 30 seconds, and then finally the red light flashes for five seconds so you know it’s just about time to change rows and do it once again.
We’ve now turned brushing teeth into a game. Do you remember “Red Light, Green Light” – well now my kidlets play that game while brushing her teeth. Green means brush fast, yellow means go slow and red, well – stop. They play two rounds each time they brush in the morning and before bed. At least I now know they’re brushing the dentist recommended time of at least two minutes twice a day.
Firefly Ready To Go Toothbrushes come in a variety of popular characters for kids such as Angry Birds, Star Wars, Marvel, Barbie and as you can see Hello Kitty. These toothbrushes have a sculpted handle which is great for tiny grips and the brush itself has soft bristles to massage gums and not irritate them. I also thin it’s genius that Firefly toothbrushes come with either a protective covers or suction cups to help keep the brush head clean. I wish my toothbrush did!
Firefly’s Anti-Cavity Mouth Rinse is the perfect follow-up to brushing. This fluoride rinse is a second defense in helping to fight cavities and also strengthens teeth enamel. It is sugar-free, alcohol-free and provides long-lasting anti-cavity protection. The unique thing about this rinse is that it comes in this neat character “Fun Pump” dispenser which has a convenient “no mess” cup attached to the bottom of the bottle which makes ensures measuring the right amount of rinse each time.
Firefly Ready Go Brush toothbrushes and Anti-Cavity Mouth Rinse are available in store at Walmart, Walgreens, Target, CVS Pharmacy, Toys R Us and Albertsons. You can also order online at either Amazon or Drugstore.com. Prices range from $3.50 to $5.00 depending upon character and size.
If you get a chance, you should definitely checkout their Facebook page – you can enter their fun #BrushBattle sweepstakes and enter (for free!) the chance to win a trip for 4 to an awesome theme park in California.
Now it’s your turn to share. If you could create your own character toothbrush, what would it be?
For Full Disclosure: The Harried Mom was not compensated for this post and contains no affiliate links. However, Firefly® and One2One Network provided me with the toothbrush and mouth rinse to review. As always, the opinions expressed in this post and on The Harried Mom blog are all my very own and are not influenced in any way. Please do your own research before purchasing any products as your opinion may differ.
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