Toothbrushing tips and tricks for reluctant brushers

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Allow them to choose their own brush and toothpaste.
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Standoffs between parents and their children are to be expected during the early years, and none more so than when it comes to personal care

One such common struggle may be getting your child into the habit of brushing those pearly whites. 

However, there are a few ways to get your child into the habit, starting with giving your little one a little demonstration, says Jungle Roots Children's Dentistry & Orthodontics

Also see: Parents share everything you ever needed to know about tantrum-free hair care

Do as I do 

"Toddlers around 18 months of age mimic others' actions... parents who brush their teeth in front of their toddlers will most likely reap positive results and get their kids to easily imitate what they do". 

Taking the visual cue further, exposing your child to age-appropriate teeth brushing videos might be helpful, say the experts at Innovativepediatricdentistry.com

"Children can see the correct tooth brushing technique in action and then replicate it on themselves. A quick search on YouTube will turn up a ton of teeth brushing videos for kids that are educational and entertaining". 

Also read: Smart tips from a dietician, and real moms, to get your picky eater interested in food again 

More fun 

Another way to ensure your child gets into the habit of brushing their teeth is by allowing them to choose their own brush and toothpaste, advises Jungle Roots.

"In doing this, you are giving your kid more reasons to look forward to the next three months, where he or she can pick a colourful and attractive toothbrush to use. That just makes your toddler's dental health journey more interesting and fun!" 

And on the topic of fun, learning a few tunes to use during brushing time is another way to ensure your child enjoys brushing their teeth. 

Let them 'choose'

Giving your child the "illusion of control" is another brilliant way to encourage your reluctant brusher, says Enchantingsmilesdentistry.com

"For example, you say, "We can go get ready for bed now or in five minutes." Your kid will choose five minutes every time, but the point is, you still win! The trick is, you have to enforce it once five minutes is up". 

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