Do you struggle to get your toddlers to brush their teeth? We have the simple tips you need to help make toddler tooth brushing fun!
Make Toddler Tooth Brushing Fun!
Toddler Brushing Teeth Struggle
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My toddler used to hate to have her teeth brushed. For the longest time when I would tell Talie it was time to brush her teeth, she would run and hide followed by kicking and screaming. I used to dream morning routines and bedtime routines because of brushing her teeth.
I tried everything to convince her to let me brush her teeth even new things to get her interested in brushing her teeth, but the newness would fade and we would be back to square one. Shhhh…don’t tell anyone, I even tried to pawn the awful task onto my older boys. They got tired of trying to coax her though, so my luck ran out and I had to do something different.
So, today I’m sharing with you some simple tips to make toddler tooth brushing fun!
Simple Tips for Toddler Tooth Brushing
Most toddlers fight brushing their teeth from a very young age. Something I always did when my kids were little was give them a toothbrush to play with and chew on. It may not have been super effective with their dental care, but it did help them become familiar with a toothbrush! This banana toothbrush is always a fun one to give them when they are little!
Let Them Choose Their Own Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Kids love to feel like they are in control of the situations they are in. Letting your child choose their own toothbrush and toothpaste gives them choices in the matter of brushing their teeth. I love to take Talie to the store and give her as much time as she needs to sort through the different designs on the toothbrushes and endless choices with flavors of toothpaste.
Giving toddlers choices with little things goes a long way!
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Have a Routine
Keeping a simple routine has made all the difference! When Talie knows what to expect it makes everything 100 x easier!
In the morning we brush our teeth right after breakfast. ALWAYS. At night we do it after we put jammies on. Don’t change it up. Kids like to know what is coming next.
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If you are just starting out, try making a chart with pictures to help your toddler understand the plan.
Make it a Game!
Make jokes, laugh, smile, and just do your best to make it an awesome experience that they look forward to every day. Wouldn’t you just love it if your toddler begged for toothbrushing time?! Have them look in the mirror when they are brushing, and don’t forget to make some funny faces back at them!
If your toddler is having a hard time with accepting toothbrushing you can try and read books about it together (this toothbrushing book is always a hit). Books have a great way of making things seem fun and exciting!
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You can even watch some videos or songs about them on the internet as well.
Watching a video as they brush helps your toddler know where and how to brush, as well as how long. If you aren’t into getting YouTube all the time, try getting a timer! Kids love to be timed!
Brush Your Teeth Together
Be a good example! Have their toothbrush right next to yours so you can both include it in the bedtime routine. Do each step of tooth brushing with your toddler. Talie loves it when I invite her into my bathroom to brush teeth. It’s simple but special.
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Lower your expectations when it comes to them brushing their own teeth! If you are worried about how well your toddler’s teeth are getting brushed, take turns! Let them brush to start off and then you take over at the end! You can even look into a battery-powered spin brush that they can use themselves.
One Last Toddler Tooth Brushing Tip
Find the right dentist for you and your toddler. The dentist can be a very scary experience! Let’s be honest, many adults are scared of it. So find one that will work with you in helping your toddler feel comfortable! Pediatric dentists are a good route to go because things are typically kid-friendly (and fun).
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And there you have it! The simplest tips on how to avoid the tooth brushing struggle with toddlers.
What is something you do with your toddler when it’s time for tooth brushing that helps?
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Michele is a Family Life Educator with her degree in marriage and family studies. She is a mom to 5 kids and loves helping others strengthen their families! When she is not blogging she is spending time with her family and running around drinking Diet Coke trying to get everything done!