3 Tips To Make Toddler Toothbrushing Easy

Noah didn't get his first tooth until a week before his first birthday but as soon as that tooth cut through we bought him a toothbrush. The earlier you brush your child's teeth the better as not only are you keeping on top of their dental hygiene but you are also getting them used to having their teeth brushed too. That being said even starting as early as possible doesn't always make tooth brushing easy but here are a few tips that have helped us a long the way.

1. Let your child choose their own toothbrush
This is my first tip because it's one that has really worked for us over the past couple of years. All toddlers and young children like being able to make their own choices so giving them this responsibility will go down a storm with them. They recommend that you change your toothbrush often so every three months we go to the shop and let Noah choose his own and it works a treat every time. So far he's had quite the collection from Spiderman to Thomas the Tank Engine. 

2. Brush your teeth together.
Once Noah was old enough to attempt to brush his own teeth I started brushing my teeth a long side him both in the morning and at night and still do this now. He will mimic every action I make and will attempt to brush for longer if I'm doing it with him too. Once he's becomes bored I give him a high five, lots of praise and give them a good brush myself to make sure I get to all the places he's missed. 

3. Become familiar with your dentist.
When Noah cut his first tooth we didn't just start brushing his teeth right away but we signed him up to a dental practice too. It was the same dentist both my partner and I go to so every time we've had a check up we've taken him a with us. Since then he's had a few check up's of his own and because he's so familiar with the whole experience he doesn't have any negative associations with the dentist or with brushing his teeth. Our dentist always praises him and awards him with stickers when we attend so Noah knows how important it is to take care of his teeth properly.

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  1. That's very good. I never took my four year old to a dental check up. He's terrified of these places that look like doctors so no point. Maybe when he's a bit older.

  2. I found that brushing my teeth the same time as my son worked, small children like to mimic mummy or daddy so this is a great idea :)

  3. Great advice
    By getting children involved it becomes fun instead of a chore

  4. These are great tips, I struggle with my little boy

  5. Great advice here! I'm a dental nurse and we cannot stress enough how important it is to brig your child to the dentist as early as possible! Even as babies, bring them along to your own check up appointments to get them used to the sights and sounds xo