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How to Get Toddlers to Brush Teeth Willingly

Toddlers find brushing teeth boring so they seldom get to the habit of brushing their teeth without any fuss. Read on to know how to get toddlers to brush teeth willingly.

Some kids get into the habit of brushing their teeth without any fuss, but some are completely difficult to tackle when it comes to brushing teeth. Even though it is difficult to understand and convince toddlers to do anything, there are some tips and tricks that can work and help toddlers brush their teeth without protest.

Toddlers obviously do not know the importance of keeping their teeth clean and hence it is a real challenge to make a small kid brush his or teeth without any argument. Some kids do not want to get up and brush their teeth immediately or if it is night they do not get ready because they know that they will have to go to bed immediately after brushing teeth. There can be many reasons why small children hate brushing teeth.

Building Good Dental Habits in Children

It is very important you teach your child the importance of taking proper care of their teeth. If you are able to do this at a young age, you are definitely going to help him or her maintain a good oral health throughout his or her life. The first step is to set an example in front of your child. If he or she watches you cleaning your teeth twice daily and maintaining good dental health, he or she will follow suit.

It is for sure that every child will find brushing teeth boring and monotonous one time or another. It is quite possible that there will be whining, crying or temper tantrum which you have to tackle with patience and strictness. Always keep in mind that you do not have to give in. Instead of forcing your child to brush his or her teeth, you can try some tricks that might help you get the work done without any commotion.

Tips to Make Your Child Brush Teeth without Hullabaloo

Have a quick look at the tips to make your child brush teeth without making a fuss.

Start as Early as Possible

If you start brushing your toddler’s teeth before he or she has any sense of opposing or accepting activities, you will never have problem making him or her brush teeth on growing-up into a preschooler. It will become a routine that your child will never break in life.

Choose the Right Toothbrush and Toothpaste

There are varieties of brands in the market that sell toothpastes and toothbrushes for kids. Choose the one that is prescribed by your dentist. You can also make your child choose the toothbrush he or she likes so that he or she enjoys brushing teeth every day after that.

Make Brushing a Fun Activity

You can play music or sing a song that your child likes when he or she brushes his or her teeth. Some children like to brush the teeth of their favorite stuffed doll or animal before they brush their own teeth. You can also make up a game of brushing teeth for your child.

Make Brushing a Family Activity

You can brush teeth when your child brushes or make all children at house brush their teeth together. This becomes full of fun and children enjoy every moment.

Make a Routine

It is important to fix the time of brushing teeth. If you want your child to brush teeth as the first thing in the morning and the last thing before going to bed, make sure you maintain consistency.

Offer Small Rewards

Make a chart that says how often your child brushed teeth willingly and then fix some reward for a certain number of stars that you give him for that.
Follow the simple tips mentioned here and see how your child takes care of his or her oral health for the rest of his or her life.

From what age can parents teach kids about good oral hygiene? How to make brushing teeth fun? How to develop a habit of brushing teeth in toddlers? Discuss here

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Mariam.8 months ago
Parents should become a role model for inculcating such habits in kids.
Ishika.8 months ago
Brushing together is a better way to encourage children to brush teeth willingly.
Arushi.8 months ago
Telling children the importance of brushing teeth regularly is important to encourage them to brush teeth willingly.
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