Brushing their teeth is probably the last thing on your kids’ minds, but as a mom I’m sure you care about protecting your kids teeth! Some kids have no problem when it’s time for brushing, but others wage a war. Whether they happily or begrudgingly brush, here are a few ideas for your little ones: my tooth care for toddlers tips!
Tooth Care for Toddlers
1. Start brushing early
This tip is super important. If brushing is a twice-daily habit from the get-go, they may not question it as they get older.
2. Be a brushing example
It’s best if they have older siblings to watch, as little kids identify more with one another than with adults. So make sure your littlest sees his or her big siblings or you brushing regularly.
3. Start with water
Some kids may have an aversion to the taste or texture of toothpaste, so ease them into it with just water. That’s all you need at first. After awhile, try just a tiny bit of toothpaste and work up to a pea-sized amount around their 3rd birthday.
4. Take turns brushing
Harrison and I have a system. He brushes first (usually the bottom), then he hands me his toothbrush, and I help him finish by getting the bottom a little better and also getting his top teeth. We’ve established this habit, and he never fusses. Actually he loves brushing his teeth!
5. Brush consistently
Kids, especially toddlers, thrive on routines, so make sure they are brushing every morning and every night.
6. Let them choose their toothbrush
Brushing is more fun when you love your toothbrush, right? Let them choose a favorite character or a colorful toothbrush that they love.
Nuby sent us their toddler tooth paste and toothbrush set for Harrison to try out. He loves it! The toothbrush is just the perfect size for him to hold and brush all by himself.
We just introduced toothpaste with him, and it’s nice to know that the Nuby toothpaste is all natural and made specifically for toddlers. It’s flouride-free and safe if swallowed. Great for getting him used to the process!
Protecting your kids teeth when they are young can mean healthy kids teeth as they get older. Whether they love it or hate it, they’ll thank you when they are old enough to appreciate you, Mom!