We have all been there, it’s 10 minutes past bedtime and we are struggling to get our little ones to brush their teeth.
Here are a couple tips to makes this necessary toddler teeth care routine less dreadful.
Get your Toddler Involved
Have them pick out their favorite flavor toothpaste or a toothbrush with their choice of cartoon character. If you have an infant or a toddler who can not yet spit, buy a fluoride free toothpaste.
Keep in mind that electric toothbrushes come in kid sizes and can not only help your toddler brush better, but they can also be more exciting for them to use!
Start a Good Routine Young
Set a time every morning and evening where baby knows it’s time to brush. It is especially important to remember to only drink water at night after brushing their teeth.
Get Your Technique Down
Start with a pea size amount of toothpaste or less and have the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle. Then in soft, slow, circular motions start brushing! Make sure to brush all surfaces of the teeth. When finished rinse and spit. For infants who can not spit wipe toothpaste with wet washcloth. Once your child has two teeth touching it is time to start flossing with either regular floss or plastic floss holders.
You can place a timer next to the sink to make sure they brush a full two minutes. For infants you can sing a fun tooth song to get them excited and to keep them engaged. Remember that it is good to encourage your little ones how to brush on their own but until about age 6 someone will have to help and ensure a good brush.
Get a professional check up for your kids
Not only can getting a professional checkup prevent the dreaded cavity, but it can also be a great time for your kids to get motivated to take care of their teeth.
At Applewood Dental we recommend the first visit starting as young as 6 months. We take the time to answer any questions you may have about cleaning your toddler's teeth or other questions such as pacifier use, teething or eruption sequence.
Schedule an appointment with Applewood Dental today and get excited about your toddler’s oral health!