Do you struggle with getting your kids to brush their teeth?
It is always best to explain to your little ones why you do things! Why is it important to brush teeth? Well, it helps keep them clean. Just like when we wash our hands, it gets the dirt off. 😁😀😃
Consistency is also key. This means doing it every night and morning starting at 6 months old. Being consistent allows them to know what to expect. Also, it doesn’t matter if they don’t have teeth yet (use a damp washcloth). If you include this as part of their daily routine, they become accustomed to it. Repetition is everything in childhood. ✨✨✨
One way to help is to get them their own toothbrush in addition to the one you are using. Modeling is also important. Start with brushing your teeth in front of them after you give the explanation of why we brush. Then give them a turn to brush YOUR teeth. Say, “first we brush the teeth on top and then the ones on the bottom.” 😁😁😁
Then it’s Baby’s turn to brush their teeth. Make sure to let them know that Baby gets a turn and then Mommy gets a turn. If your LO won’t open their mouth, try giving them their own toothbrush to use while you use another toothbrush to get in their mouth at the same time. 🎤🎹🎤
One last thing, I choose a song that we play every time we brush teeth that is a fun, upbeat song. However, I will only play this song while brushing teeth so it doesn’t lose its novelty!
I will put a link in my bio to the toothbrush and the @weleda_usa toothpaste that we use. This toothpaste is fluoride free and does not contain sodium lauryl sulfate. ☝️☝️☝️
Once they are old enough to properly spit toothpaste out, you can switch to one with fluoride if you want. I will also include that link above. #happybrushing