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Toddlers need the same basic dental hygiene that you do, because tooth decay can happen

at a young age. Early childhood caries (or tooth decay) is one of the most common chronic diseases in young children. So, brushing your toddlers teeth should be a priority. Since toddlers arent coordinated enough to brush their teeth properly themselves, they need help.

Be Consistent.

You should brush your toddlers teeth twice a day nonnegotiable. When you commit to brushing

their teeth every night as part of their bedtime routine and in the mornings at the same time as you brush, they will accept that brushing teeth is a part of life. They will eventually stop struggling so much and may even look forward to it. Some days will be better than others, but keep at it.

Dont worry about being perfect. There will be times when they will fight with you to brush their teeth. Some
days you may have to ease off and only a few teeth may get brushed, but its better than nothing. Just stick to the routine.

Let your toddler help. While toddlers cant brush their teeth properly on their own, they sure do try. They love to
do whatever their parents and siblings do, so in the morning when you are brushing your teeth let them grab their toothbrush and join in. They may only be chewing instead of actually cleaning teeth but its setting a good habit for the future.

Experiment. Try different tooth brushing positions. Let them stand on a stool in front of a mirror or hold them in
your arms or on your lap. Use an egg timer. Experiment with different toothpastes and toothbrushes to find something your toddler is interested in. It may take some time, but be creative and try to figure out what works for you.

Make it fun.

Sing your favourite songs. Make animal sounds. Make the toothbrush into an airplane. They often think

its funny to bite on the toothbrush so you cant move it around anymore. Let them do it and enjoy the joke, because when brushing teeth is fun, teeth get clean.

Some other important points to note:


Make sure your child doesnt eat or lick the toothpaste from the tube and use a toothpaste with the right amount of fluoride recommended by your dentist. Encourage them to spit out excess toothpaste but not to rinse with lots of water. Supervise tooth brushing until your child is seven or eight years old. Don't let children run around with a toothbrush in their mouth as they may damage their mouths or choke if they fall over. Take your child to the dentist when they're as young as possible and at least once by the time they're two. This is so they become familiar with the environment and get to know the dentist. The dentist can help to prevent decay and identify any health problems at an early stage. Just opening up the child's mouth for the dentist to take a look is useful practice for when they could benefit from future preventive care.