Toothbrushing Tips

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Here’s a few of the strategies that have worked with my children as I’ve
found this topic comes up a lot at baby and toddler groups

Defusion

·        Chewable toothbrushes

·        Novelty toothbrushes – ones with character heads
or ones that vibrate or light up

·        Changing the flavour of toothpaste

·        Make a game out of their resistance – my baby
son enjoys pretend arm wrestling to persuade him to brush his teeth

·        Singing their favourite song or making up your
own toothbrushing song together

Mindfulness

·        Try and focus on brushing each tooth
individually – that might be you brushing your baby’s teeth individual my or
your older child doing their own

·        Brushing in front of a mirror to increase
awareness of what they’re doing

Distraction

·        Watching a YouTube clip of a favourite character
brushing or using a toothbrushing phone game

Modelling

·        Brush your teeth at the same time and encourage
them to copy you

·        Get the older one to show the younger one how to
brush

Positive associations

·        If they’re not keen on brushing, pair tooth brushing
with another activity they do like – for example music or a story after – and
give lots of praise!

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