How to Brush Your Toddler’s Teeth

How to Brush Your Toddler’s Teeth
Posted on 07/23/2018
toddler tongue out brushing teeth 
When it comes to dental health, it’s never too early to start your children off on the right track. Even though your toddler’s beautiful teeth will eventually fall out and be replaced with permanent ones, you can start to instill good brushing and flossing habits that will ensure a happy and healthy smile for years to come. This begins with brushing your toddler’s teeth. 

Pick Out Supplies

The best way to get your toddler excited about brushing their teeth is to involve them in every step of the process. Take a special trip to the store for supplies. Have your child pick out their favorite fun toothbrush, preferably an electric toothbrush which can be very helpful with a squirmy toddler. Then have them choose their favorite fluoride toothpaste. You can even create a special kit with a colorful box and fun stickers that will hold the supplies! This will get your child excited about their new task and help them anticipate their new habit. 

Set A Routine

Routine is key with young children, and tooth brushing is no exception. Have certain times designated as brushing times so that your child knows when to expect it. It’s best to brush teeth twice a day - usually once in the morning, and once in the evening. Ideally, before a morning nap and before bedtime are good times. Just be sure to brush when your child is not too tired or cranky, as that can be no fun for both child and parent.

Ready, Set, Brush!

Walk your child through each step of the tooth brushing process. Start by squeezing a pea-sized amount of toothpaste onto the brush. Instruct your toddler that this small amount is all that is needed to clean the teeth. You can have them push the button on their toothbrush, or turn on the water to make them feel involved. Eventually, you can allow them to squeeze their own toothpaste onto the brush. Then, have your child sit on your lap or a seat and start brushing! Aim the toothbrush toward the gums at a 45-degree angle and gently scrub the inside of the teeth first, moving throughout the mouth. Then, brush the outside surfaces of the teeth. You can take a break if your child gets restless, but let them know that it’s very important to finish the job!

Have Fun!

When it’s time to brush, sing a silly song. This will help your child associate fun with the task. Ultimately, you are the one who knows your toddler best, so come up with fun ways that will get them excited to brush their teeth. This will create a positive attitude toward brushing and help your toddler learn to enjoy taking care of his or her dental health. The more excited you are about tooth brushing, the more excited your toddler will be!

Contact Your Stuart, FL Pediatric Dentist

Here at Children’s Dentistry of Stuart, we love hearing from our Stuart, FL dental patients and are eager to assist you with any concerns. If you have any questions about brushing your toddler’s teeth, we’d be happy to talk with you! Just give us a call at (772) 283-1230, or request an appointment. Our goal is to instill great habits in your children and help create healthy, beautiful smiles. We look forward to hearing from you soon!