Check out this list of tips for making toothbrushing fun for babies and toddlers by ‘meet your dentist’ page on Instagram.
One of the most common questions parents ask is:
when should I start brushing my child’s teeth? The answer is: from when the first tooth appears with a rice grain size of children’s toothpaste.
I love this list below and 4 & 6 are my personal ‘go to’ tricks for keeping toothbrushing happy-happy and mostly 😅, tear-free.
1. DO NOT MAKE IT MONOTONOUS:
a: variety of place, it’s not compulsory to brush in the bathroom. It can be anywhere; kitchen, sitting room, bedroom. All you need is a small bowl.
b; variety of time; brushing is at least twice daily. Morning brushing can be done some minutes to an hour after breakfast while night brushing can be done anytime after dinner till bedtime.
c; variety of style; change your positions.; standing, sitting, lying down. Just get the job done.
2. BE A #ROLE MODEL;
brush exactly the way you want them to and make sure they are watching. At this time, they easily copy what others do in their presence.
3. TELL SHOW DO:
involve them. Tell them it’s time to brush, let them bring the brush and paste, let them hold the brush while you assist in moving it. They can even do round one and you do round Two.
don’t be silent, keep talking to distract them. Upper teeth, lower teeth, clench your teeth, tongue out, how many teeth do you have. Don’t mind whether they comprehend or not. You can demonstrate what you mean too.
5. DO NOT RELENT;
no retreat, no going back. Keep doing it no matter what. They will get used to it with time and make it less stressful.
6. SPICE IT UP;
add fun to it. Use fancy tooth brush, nice poems and songs, funny actions. Make them laugh. You can tickle etc
7. BE HAPPY:
whatever is done happily is done well. Don’t see it as a hard job. Your perception really matters.
this is a last resort. At times, especially at the Early stage, you need to restrain. Let him cry, it will help you more. When he cries, he will open his mouth wide for you to navigate all the nook and cranny of the mouth. Within short time, you will drop this method as he would have gotten used to it.
This list of tips was written by Instagram page @meet_your_dentist_.
For Real Mum toothbrushing tips as shared by Mummyfix mums, click here: https://instagram.com/p/BbPRe9zFg4X/.
What are your best tips for toothbrushing your babies and toddlers teeth?