Almost all parents know that teeth brushing is an extremely important part of good oral health. Unfortunately, toddlers do not understand that fact, and it is not uncommon for toddlers to resist having their teeth brushed. Skipping teeth brushing is not a good idea, so if you have a toddler who gets upset when it is time to brush, you will need to get creative. Use the following tips to make brushing your toddler's teeth easier:
Don't Be Forceful
When a toddler is throwing a fit and refusing to let you brush his or her teeth, it can be tempting to restrain your child and force him or her to allow you to brush his or her teeth. While doing this may ensure that teeth are brushed, it is not a long term solution. Forcing toddlers to have their teeth brushed by restraining them will only make them hate it more.
Let Your Toddler Pick Out a Toothbrush
Toddlers may be young in age, but most of them know what they like. If your child gets upset when it is time to brush teeth, consider letting him or her pick out his or her own toothbrush. Many stores sell kids and toddler toothbrushes in a variety of styles and colors-- take your child to the store and let him or her pick out a toothbrush that he or she loves. When your child is excited about his or her toothbrush, he or she will be less likely to get upset when it is time to use it.
There are a number of fun and silly songs about brushing teeth that many toddlers enjoy. Pick out a song that your child likes and sing it together when it is time to brush teeth. Singing will entertain and distract your toddler, and while he or she is singing his or mouth will be open so you will have better access to teeth while brushing.
Let your Child Copy You
Toddlers often try to push the boundaries and establish a sense of control. When its time to brush teeth, give your toddler his or her toothbrush and let him or her copy you as you brush your teeth. Toddlers don't have the skills needed to brush their teeth properly on their own, so make sure that you finish up the brushing after he or she mimics you brushing your own teeth.
Speak to a local dentist for more tips.