Struggling to brush your toddler’s teeth? We are sharing with you our 5 Tips to Help Make Brushing Your Toddler’s Teeth Easier!
As parents, one of our many jobs is to teach our children how to properly brush and care for their teeth. For most, this is not too difficult of a feat, but with some kiddos, the simple act of brushing can become a power struggle. Some kids may put up a slight fight, and some may even have a full-fledged crying, screaming fit at just the sight of a toothbrush. If your little one is less than enthusiastic about brushing their teeth, getting them into the habit is certainly challenging, but not impossible. Here are some simple steps you can take to make brushing less stressful.
Make it a Routine
A routine is important for toddlers as it establishes normalcy and gives them a sense of security. Routines also help develop important habits, including brushing the teeth. To increase your chances of successful brushing without too much of a fight, pick times when your child is more open to the idea and not when they are cranky or overtired. You can also tie brushing to another activity they enjoy such as bath time.
Add an Element of Fun
A toddler will be more open to the idea of brushing if they see it as fun. Pick a song that they love, or even make up your own and start singing or playing it when they begin brushing and stop it when they are finished. You can also use 2 to 3 minute micro-stories in place of music. Along with adding the element of fun to brushing, songs and stories can serve as a timer so you know your toddler has brushed for the proper length of time.
Lead By Example
Toddlers love to imitate their parents so one way to encourage them to brush it to make it a family event. If you are still brushing their teeth for them, let them watch you brush your beforehand. Or, if you are just assisting, brush together. You can also have them brush with siblings, which will make them feel like a big kid.
Let Them Choose Their own Supplies
Letting your toddler pick his or own toothbrush adds a little fun to the brushing process. It also gives them a sense of independence, Let them pick out a brush in their favorite color or with their favorite character. If you can get your tot excited about a toothbrush, they will want to practice using it more often. You can also pique their interest by keeping more than one on hand and let them pick which one to use each time they brush.
Pick the Right Kind of Toothpaste
Adults have a preference for certain flavors and the same is true of toddlers. If your little one dislikes the flavor of the toothpaste, they are more likely to resist brushing altogether. It will take some trial and error before you find one the right one, but eventually, you will strike a match.
Trust me when I say persistence is the key. No matter how resistant your little one is, you can’t give up since poor oral hygiene can have lasting consequences. At one point, trying to get my 2-year-old to brush was like trying to convince a cat to take a bath. I am not exaggerating when I say that brushing her teeth was an absolutely horrifying experience at times. She screamed and cried hysterically at the sight of the toothbrush, so we knew we had to come up with some ideas to make it more of a positive experience. With time and using some of the above tips, she warmed up to brushing. Though it is still not her favorite activity, she lets us brush her teeth without much of a fight. So, remain patient and eventually, your tot will catch on and understand the importance of brushing.