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My daughter Emma didn’t get her first tooth until she was 10 months old! And when she finally did, she hated the idea of brushing teeth. She would happily chew on a kids toothbrush, drooling all the while! But she wouldn’t let me actually brush. Do you have the same problem?
Sure, we tried the wash cloth on a finger trick for a while, but by 2 she had all her baby teeth and I was getting worried about keeping them clean. Here are all the tricks I’ve been given by my wise mom friends – take a look and see if they help you!
Let Them Brush
She already loved to gnaw on a toothbrush, so I let her watch me brush and gave her some gentle pointers. If your kid is in an agreeable mood you can take their hand and show them how to brush back and forth – just be careful they don’t get too vigorous!
Take Turns Brushing Teeth
A classic! She gets to brush her teeth for a minute, if I get to do it for a minute too. Works like a charm, but it can be hard to get started! Try going back and forth for a few seconds each to get them used to it, then extende the time for both of your turns.
Sing a Song
Right now we’re using the Daniel Tiger brushing teeth song, which has a fun beat. But any song that’s fun and distracting will do the trick! Some moms make up their own songs that include their child’s name, too.
Use your imagination – whatever gets them laughing (with their mouth open)! One mom said on my Facebook group that she pretends there are animals in her son’s mouth and that she has to brush them out!
Use Their Favorite Characters
We’ve used brightly colored toothbrushes so she can choose a color before. But right now we’re using this Daniel Tiger toothbrush and paste set that Emma loves! It’s almost worn out so next I think we’ll be getting this one.
Bring Out the Apps
If all else fails, let them watch something special that’s reserved just for brushing teeth time. Gotta get those teeth clean! And maybe they’ll come to associate brushing teeth with something happy… A mom can dream!
Have a Routine
I’m guilty of not brushing Emma’s teeth consistently in those early months! I think if I did, she would’ve gotten used to it more quickly. Now if we forget to brush in the morning, she often reminds me!
Keep Your Cool
Getting frustrated with our kids rarely helps! It can be concerning when you’re struggling to keep up their oral hygiene and they are working against you! But we want them to like brushing their teeth. Not picking up on our stress about it and liking it even less!
How We’re Brushing Teeth Now
We’ve had a lot of progress when it comes to brushing teeth! We have it built into Emma’s bedtime routine. I brush her hair while she has her turn, then I brush her teeth while I sing the Daniel Tiger song. I’ll quickly floss and then she gets to swish and spit, which she loves!
I hope you found some good tips! What problems do your kids have with brushing teeth? Let me know in the comments!
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