Toddler Teeth Brushing: 6 Fun TipsPublished 06/19/2013
At the toddler stage, children become aware that they are individuals and can become more insistent on doing things on their own. You might see them try to dress themselves or even attempt to feed themselves. Why not use this to your advantage and include them in making teeth brushing time enjoyable for all? Here are a few helpful tips:
Make it Routine: Kids work well with consistency. Have a morning and nightly schedule that they can come to depend on and include these proper steps to brushing in the routine.
- Squeeze a pea-size amount of toothpaste onto your child’s soft-bristle brush.
- Place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gums and gently brush back and forth across each tooth. Brush all sides of each tooth, including the top, front and back sides.
- Place the toothbrush vertical against the inside or back of the teeth and brush up and down.
- Spit out the excess toothpaste as you brush
- Brush the tongue to remove bacteria.
- Rinse the mouth with a cup of water. Swish the water around in the mouth and spit it out.
- Brush for at least two minutes twice a day.
Brush Together: Toddlers love to mimic what you do so why not brush together? Let him see how you enjoy taking care of your teeth. To make it more interesting you can play Simon Says while teaching him the steps to brushing. Also, take turns brushing each other’s teeth but remember not to share tooth brushes as you do not want to exchange bacteria.
Use Fun Tools: Get a fun toothbrush and toothpaste in your child’s favorite color or one that has his favorite cartoon character. Let him use the mirror while brushing. Let your child pick his favorite 2-minute song or use a fun timer that alerts him when those two minutes are up.
Reward their efforts: A fun tooth brushing chart is a great way to track your child’s progress and to reward him for his efforts. Every time he brushes he can receive a star to add to the chart. When the chart is complete you can celebrate with a small prize.
Experiment: Try fun experiments like this one from Milk and Cuddles that uses an egg and cola to show your child just how important it is to brush your teeth.
Make An Appointment: Help your toddler overcome any dental fears and learn more about good oral hygiene in a fun environment by making regular visits to your children’s dentist.
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