A recent study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been getting some attention in the press.  It shows a disturbing uptick in the number of cavities among children aged 5 to 19 yrs old and within that group the largest uptick is in the three to five year old age group.

Surely the last twenty years show a dramatic shift in drinking water consumption from fluoridated public water systems to filtered non-fluoridated bottled water.  Less fluoride equals less mineralization of tooth enamel.

Other causes are likely to be simple behavioral shifts and this is where BrushyBall can play a helpful role.  Busy, faster paced lifestyles are encroaching on the historical twice-per-day ritual of teeth brushing. Typically, the beginning of the day and the end of the day are critical chore filled fast-paced moments for parents and children with demanding schedules.  Motivating our children to brush easily becomes a daily challenge requiring countless negotiating tactics and the well-known plea, “Brush your teeth!”

Then, the training job comes in, and let me be clear; preparing my daughter for the big and small challenges in life is one of the most fulfilling parts of being a parent.  But, I have to admit the toothbrush routine can get a little stale and frustrating, particularly on the busy mornings and at the end of long days.  I remember watching my daughter, then five years old, happily brushing one side of her lower right set of teeth for about 30 seconds.…..and that was it.  Singing a cute brushing song she spent the rest of her toothbrush time looking in the mirror, making faces, singing songs and pushing the drain stop down to watch the sink fill up.  I’m pretty sure she swallowed the toothpaste too :|

Problems Solved! With BrushyBall waiting on the sink top, “Time to brush your teeth!” is easily transformed into your child’s ‘follow-the-leader’ game time.  The little yellow toothbrush coach engages your child’s attention visually and audibly to guide the brushing routine through all teeth.  BrushyBall actually speaks with words of direction and positive reinforcement while individual sections of teeth light up to ensure that all teeth are brushed completely (click for demo video).  Younger children can use BrushyBall for a 1-minute brushing session and older children can benefit from the 2-minute session.

BrushyBall’s unmatched coaching system brings a little relief to parents and a lot of benefit to children as they form a healthy brushing habit.