How to Get Your Toddler to Brush His TeethGetting your toddler to brush his teeth by himself is an important milestone. Not only will you free up your hands for everything else you have to do, but you’ll also teach your toddler independence and the importance of oral hygiene. If you’re the parent of a toddler, you probably already know that this is easier said than done. Try these tips the next time you break out the brush!

Give Up (Some) Control

Your toddler has definite preferences. Why make him brush with a plain wand when he could be using one with a special or fun theme, or a battery-operated spinning toothbrush? Bring him to the store and let him choose the brush that suits his taste, as long as it’s a soft-bristled brush. Speaking of taste, choosing child-friendly toothpaste with bubblegum or fruit flavoring may also take the sting out of every trip to the sink.

Step in Occasionally

Your toddler won’t be thorough — not at the beginning, and probably not for many months. If you’re concerned about cavities and unwanted extra trips to the dentist, finish up every brushing session by quickly stepping in yourself. Alternatively, you may want to do the whole job yourself when you notice buildup or stuck-on food. The key, however, is to let your toddler take the reins. If you spend too much time taking over, pretty soon you’ll be back to square one.

It’s a Family Affair

You know how your toddler always wants to mimic what you’re doing? Put that power to use for better dental hygiene when you brush your teeth alongside your toddler. You can demonstrate how to brush, how long to brush and other good habits your child may not be quite ready for yet, such as flossing.

Remember: He’s Not Perfect

Toothbrush training is messy and sometimes frustrating. The good news is that the learning stage is temporary, and it won’t be long until he’s brushing like a natural man with a Chiclet-worthy smile.

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