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The struggle is REAL….

You beg, cajole, and nag, but no matter how you plead, you still haven’t figured out how to get the little ones excited to brush their teeth regularly. Maybe you’ve even played detective: Is their toothbrush damp, is their breath minty? And sometimes it’s all a bit much, right? You think to yourself, “Maybe it’s not such a big deal if they skip it this time…”

Except it is! Lifelong habits form by consistently repeating actions. But for young children, brushing their teeth feels like a pointless, monumentally boring two-minute exercise. But, if you can engage their imagination in a fun way to help them understand why brushing is important, they will be more likely to view it as an accomplishment instead of as a task. The goal is to make them excited to brush!

Our Book, Bye, Bye Germs, can make the difference

Minnesota Oral Health Project’s new book Bye, Bye Germs uses kid-friendly language and images to help children learn the importance of brushing their teeth. Bye, Bye Germs will get your kids excited to brush twice a day for two minutes. When Emma, a little girl, faces off against Jerry the Germ, Timmy the Toothbrush swoops in to teach her why she should brush and together they save her beautiful teeth. Children love this story—they want you to read Bye, Bye Germs to them over and over. Each time you do its message is reinforced.

Individual copies of Bye, Bye Germs are available for purchase at for $6.95 in print or $1.99 on Kindle. If you would like to purchase 10 or more books, there is a limited supply available at $1.25 per book. Contact Cris Gilb at for more information.

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  1. smetoxen on June 3, 2020 at 12:51 am

    My grandkids love this book. They relate to Emma and have a much better understanding of why they need to brush.

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