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21st November 2013 12:23 AM #1
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To Toothbrush a Toddler
Hi fellow mums! I have quite a dilemma that may affect the oral health of my toddler. My daughter used to brush her teeth everyday but overtime she started rejecting to brush her teeth at times. How do I encourage her to brush her teeth everyday again? Hope you could share some helpful tips as I am starting to notice the yellowing of her baby teeth.
1st December 2013 06:23 AM #2
I can really emphasise with you here as I struggled with brushing my eldest son's teeth when he was about 13/14 months old. He used to make such a fuss it was pretty much impossible to clean his teeth so I started asking for lots of advice from other parents and the dental nurse.
My main pieces of advice would be to persevere and to make it fun. How old is your daughter? My dental nurse recommended continuing to clean my toddler's teeth twice a day (in the morning and last thing at night) and becoming more flexible/ creative to deal with some of the difficulties. For example, you could clean your daughter's teeth when she is still asleep at the end of her nap time (even if she wakes up you will hopefully still have got a little teeth cleaning done). You could also keep a toothbrush and toothpaste in the car to clean her teeth for when she falls asleep in the car seat.
Up to the age of 6 years it is recommended by dentists that you clean your children's teeth for them. 7 and 8 year olds should still really have their teeth cleaning supervised/ checked by a parent.
There are some lovely books available on teeth cleaning which can help children to accept the whole process. We have also found that using a spare toothbrush to clean teddy's teeth helps our toddler to be happy to have his teeth cleaned. Clean your own teeth in front of your toddler so that get used to it as a normal part of the day. You can also buy character themed toothbrushes and toothpaste (we currently have 'the very hungry caterpillar toothpaste' which is a big hit in our household). Make up a teeth cleaning song to brush your kids teeth to or let them watch a funny teeth cleaning video clip such as this whilst you are brushing their teeth.
There are some fun Sesame Street teeth cleaning resources available online here. This includes a teeth cleaning game, a colouring sheet and a reward chart (if you want to go down this route).
For a young toddler, you may find a soft silicon toothbrush that you put on your finger and then use this to brush their teeth easier. I would also advise avoiding sugar as far as possible in your children's diet. This will not only help with their teeth but also their overall diet and even behaviour.
Please do let me know how you get on with these suggestions. Many parents struggle with teeth cleaning when their children are young but it will get better and it can even become a fun part to the day.
Thinking of you,
Last edited by ljmarsden; 1st December 2013 at 06:26 AM.
1st December 2013 07:55 PM #3
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My daughter is 2 years and 7 mos old. She used to love brushing her teeth but as the time passed, she was more into playing and no longer interested in brushing her teeth. Unfortunately I think her teeth is starting to have carries or something. I get to let her brush her teeth sometimes when I brush in front of her or watch a children's app about tooth brushing. Based on your comment, I guess I'm on the right track I just have to persevere. I will try the rest of your tips as well, and hopefully she won't be scared of having her teeth checked by the dentist - I'm planning to bring her to the dentist soon.