You’ve taken your toddler to the dentist and all is well. Now comes the time to start training him in the proper techniques for lifelong dental care. Let’s start with a few toddler tooth brushing techniques. Here are four tips for helping your child to develop a good attitude about brushing.
1. Make buying a toothbrush a special occasion. Any grocery or discount store should have a good variety of quality age-appropriate toothbrushes. Take plenty of time and let your child pick out his special brush.
2. While you are there, pick up children’s toothpaste as well. Although adults love a good clean minty taste in their mouths, minty or cinnamon flavored kinds of toothpaste are too strong for most children. A good children’s paste will be a pleasant bubble gum or fruit flavor that is far more favorable to a child’s palate.3. Use a timer to ensure adequate brushing time. Two minutes is an eternity to
3. Use a timer to ensure adequate brushing time. Two minutes is an eternity to a toddler, but the novelty of a timer whether it’s a cute kitchen timer or an app on your phone will help an active child settle down for a good brushing session.
4. Make it a family affair. Bush along with your child making it a family game. Letting your child see that you value your own teeth will help him value his own. The earlier a child develops good dental care, the healthier his teeth will be. So happy brushing!