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Brushing your toddler’s teeth can be a daunting task—but it must be done! I’m going to share some strategies to make tooth brushing go a little smoother at your house.
- Let your toddler pick out their own toothbrush. This will get your toddler excited about using the toothbrush. Go to the store together and find tooth brushes for your toddler’s age. Make sure you’re not getting a toothbrush too big! This can make tooth brushing even harder.
- Buy more than one toothbrush. Trust me, once your toddler is excited about tooth brushing, they might want to take the toothbrush everywhere. Also, having an additional toothbrush will help with a tip later on!
- Let your toddler brush independently. I have a very independent toddler. Therefore, he brushes his own teeth. However, after he finishes brushing, I take a toothbrush and brush all his teeth.
- Make it fun. Sing a song while you brush your toddler’s teeth. I always tell my toddler that I’m checking for new teeth. I also tell him what I’m doing while I brush, i.e., getting his teeth clean, brushing in a circular motion, etc.
- Don’t use too much toothpaste. All you need is a pea-sized dab of toothpaste. Sometimes you might have to try a few flavors of toothpaste until you find one your child will tolerate.
- Brush together. Brush your teeth at the same time your toddler brushes his teeth. This models good dental hygiene and lets your toddler know that everyone has to take care of their teeth.
- Always help brush. Even though your toddler might like to brush alone, always brush your child’s teeth as well. This is where a second tooth brush comes in handy. Even while your toddler is brushing, you can take the second toothbrush and help get those teeth clean!
Do you have any tips to share to make tooth brushing easier?