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Is your toddler simply sucking the toothpaste from his/her brush? Do you have a bad brushing experience with him/her everyday? Looking for ways to get it right? Well, brushing can be a fun activity for your toddler, but the mornings may be the busiest part of the day when you simply cannot allow him/her to have fun with it.
There is no need to worry about how to get your toddler’s to brush their teeth. Kid-friendly advice and fun brushing techniques will soon involve them in this daily routine.
Take Care Of Your Tot’s Teeth
True your toddler’s teeth are going to fall of soon, but as parents it is crucial that you take good care of them.
Here are the reasons why taking care of those baby teeth is important:-
- The baby teeth help your toddler speak and chew his or her food.
- Baby teeth hold your toddler’s jaw to support permanent teeth devel-opment under the gums.
- American Academy of Family Physicians suggests you clean your toddler’s teeth daily twice with a child-sized soft toothbrush.
- You can dampen a soft cloth and gently massage your tot’s gums. It is important that you start cleaning his or her teeth, as soon as they appear.
Beginning To Brush
You may have many questions about how to brush toddler’s teeth. Following are few steps that can be followed:-
- For a toddler between 18 months to 6 years, you need to apply small amount of non-fluoride toothpaste on the tiny toothbrush.
- You must be by the side of your toddler when he or she is brushing.
- Look through the mirror to see what your tot is doing.
- To look for signs of decay ask toddler to say “aaahhh”. Look for brown lines close to his or her gum.
- You must also look for building up of plaque around the gum line.
How To Brush Toddler Teeth?
Learning some easy tricks will help your toddler develop healthy gum care habits and a sparkling smile.
Here are some easy tips for brushing toddler’s-teeth that will help you to clean his or her teeth and gums at ease.
- Use small circular motions using different sides of his/her toothbrush.
- Clean the gum margins carefully.
- Begin with toddler’s teeth at the back and move towards the front.
- Help the toddler in the basin once the brushing is done.
- Teach them to spit the toothpaste from their mouth. Your toddler can take some time to learn this. Be patient.
- Clean the toothbrush and rinse dry.
- You need to be careful about their diet and ensure they are not taking too much of sugary foods. Sweetened drinks and sweet snacks in between can completely ruin their teeth.
- It is better to avoid formula milk at bedtime.
- You must always take the bottle away after each feed.
Dealing With Reluctant Brushers:
There is no need to make too much of noise about brushing. Your toddler will soon realize he is missing out on something important and will join you.
Following are some tips that can be followed to encourage toddler for brushing the teeth:-
- Let your toddler watch you brush your teeth along with them.
- Offer them repeated reminders that they should brush before going to bed.
- You can buy them fun looking colourful brushes. Think of their favourite cartoon character and get them a themed toothbrush.
- Sing a happy tune while brushing. This will make them feel brushing is a game. You can also put on some peppy music.
- Encourage your toddler’s to get involved in the brushing task. Ask them to put the paste, put away the brush and the paste and shower them with praise.