Brushing and Flossing with Toddlers

Brushing your toddler’s teeth can be a battle. With every flailing limb and puckered expression, you may want to admit defeat. Don’t give up. Taking care of baby teeth is important, even if they do fall out. Baby teeth are critical for function as well as guiding permanent teeth into the appropriate positions. There’s no easy solution. Hopefully, these tips below can help make brushing more enjoyable.

Choices, Choices, Choices

Get your little one excited to brush by having them pick out their own tools. Toothbrushes, floss and toothpaste come in many appealing flavors, colors, and designs. Let them pick something with their favorite cartoon character or favorite flavor. Once you have the correct tools it’s time to start brushing:

● Put a pea sized dollop of toothpaste on their soft-bristled toothbrush

● Start brushing left to right at a 45 degree angle toward the gum and lower teeth

● Use short, gentle strokes

● Repeat the same process to the back of your teeth

● Doing it correctly takes 2 minutes

To make it even more adventurous, maybe suggest a battery-operated toothbrush that spins or lights up to make it more appealing.

Manage Your Expectations

Please remember that they’re still little. They won’t likely be brushing along the gum line and getting every exposed nook and cranny. What’s important is instilling these habits. The more practice they get, the better they’ll be at the task.

Make it Fun

Create a bonding moment when everyone brushes together. Blast a tooth brushing song to help your little ones reach the 2 minute mark, turn it into a competition, or let them help you brush your teeth. Tell a story while they’re brushing or make it a game by making them brush the bad guys off their molars.

Keep it Positive

Early preventative care is imperative for children. Shaming and threatening your kids with some scary punishment for not brushing their teeth is never successful. Brushing and visiting the dentist should be a positive, lifelong habit. Be positive about your dental experiences in hopes that it will instill a positive dental-care mindset for them at an early age. At Bassett Creek Dental, we offer care for all ages. If you or your child is in need of a check up or visit, we encourage you to call us at 763-546-1301, to schedule an appointment.