Getting toddlers excited about brushing their teeth is not always the easiest thing to do. Since our daughter has gotten her first tooth we have come up with a few strategies to make her want to brush her teeth.
It isn’t always easy, but with persistence it is possible!
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Sing a song
You can make up a song about brushing your teeth or sing a song that lasts about as long as you would like to have them brush. It will make the act more fun and make the time pass by quicker.
Let them pick out their toothbrush
Take your toddler to the store and get them excited about being a big kid and brushing their teeth. Encourage them to pick out a toothbrush, my daughter loves the ones with her favorite characters on them (she uses this one)! If they are old enough to know what flavor toothpaste they would like allow them to pick that out too.
Have them watch you brush your teeth
One of my favorite methods for encouraging my daughter to do things (like potty training) is letting her see me do those things too. She is all about being a big girl and doing what mommy and daddy do! If your toddlers have an older sibling then letting them watch their big brother/sister would probably work even better.
Watch YouTube videos on teeth brushing
There are a few different good videos on brushing your teeth which may help your toddlers want to brush their teeth too. You can either play them in the weeks leading up to beginning to brush their teeth or you can have them watch the videos while you brush their teeth.
Make them feel proud of their clean teeth
Since we started having B brush her teeth we always make a huge deal about it when she is done. She gets so excited to brush them and then show her daddy and I how clean her teeth are!
It may not be very effective when they are getting their first teeth, but the earlier you start to brush their teeth the better. Maybe that means just using water and a small toothbrush for them to chew on right before bed or maybe they will even open their mouths for you to try to brush, it really depends on their age.
Allow them to brush their teeth first
One of my daughters biggest issues with brushing her teeth was that she didn’t want my help. So what I used to do was let her brush her own teeth first and then when she is done I finish. She was usually okay with this. I didn’t let her brush with toothpaste, only water, so that when I brushed her teeth she had something to be excited about.
These are the tips that have worked for us for the past year or two. Do you have any tips for getting your toddlers to brush their teeth?