Toddler Tooth Brushing Made Easy!

It can be very frustrating at times getting a toddler to cooperate, particularly when it is time to brush teeth. Don’t give up! The article below offers several tips on how to make brushing easy for both you and your little one. Thanks for visiting us at Saddle Rock Pediatric Dentistry of Aurora, CO. Enjoy reading!

Many parents often feel frustrated when it comes to their children and teeth cleaning. If you are feeling this way, sometimes it’s good to know that you are not alone. Still, we all know that the job needs to be done, so if you find that you may be feeling the frustrations that I am speaking of, I’m here to tell you that there is good news!

There are many tricks and tips that can make this task seem less of a struggle for all parties involved. As a Dental Hygienist I once felt like I had the answers, now as a mother I (admittedly) eat crow! My sweet little guy has given me a run for my money, and his challenging nature has forced me to think outside the box even more…I’m sure one day I will thank him, right?

Here are some tricks and tips that I hope help you, my fellow parents, who keep fighting the good fight in order to ensure those mouths stay healthy and happy!

Timing is everything!

All too often, the brushing routine is one of the last things done just before bed. By this time of day, our little ones are over it, and have little cooperation if any left in them. Try finding a time when they are relaxed and in a good mood.

Environmental Factors

It isn’t necessary to brush teeth in the bathroom. Again, we are trying to set the tone here. If there is a place where your child is more comfortable, go for it! We have found that story time is a great way to get our wee one spending more time with a toothbrush. When we finish story time we head off to the sink to rinse. If you are using toothpaste that is not meant to be swallowed then just use water to brush with initially and then finish the routine up with toothpaste and mouth rinse……not sure if you know this, but toothpaste isn’t REALLY necessary (but it is helpful for most people).

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