Ideally, you want to get your kids used to having their teeth cleaned while they’re still very young. Good habit forming at a young age can have a huge impact on their future adult smile.
What if in spite of your best efforts, your toddler or preschooler just won’t cooperate with a tooth brushing routine?
Make it Fun
Small children don’t usually grasp the importance of clean teeth. It’s similar to explaining to them why they need to wear socks with their shoes.
Make the activity of tooth brushing as fun and engaging as possible. Let your child watch you brush your teeth, exaggerating the excitement as you do so. Your son or daughter is much more inclined to copy you than to let you do something they aren’t sure they’ll like.
Let your kids brush someone else’s teeth. They could be your own teeth or those of a stuffed animal. If your child feels helpful by brushing another’s teeth, then they may understand a little better why they should do it too.
Be Flexible and Patient
Is the toothbrush the issue? Many toddlers are scared of a plastic toothbrush in their mouth. Use a washcloth wrapped around your finger to clean your son or daughter’s teeth until they become accustomed to having something in their mouth. With time and patience, your child will feel more comfortable with a regular brush.
Clean teeth are absolutely vital to your child’s health. Don’t give up because they are resistant! Even if don’t appreciate it now, they will in later years. Ask your pediatric dentist for more tips tailored to your child’s needs.
Posted on behalf of:
Precision Digital Dentistry
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
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