Parenting Tips – Teeth Cleaning

As a parent of five I thought I could share you some parenting tips that I’ve adopted along the way. I’m not an expert, just a mother and I can’t guarantee that any of my tips will work for you, but they have for me.

Teeth Cleaning: Up until the age of two years you are supposed to clean their teeth yourself. Great in theory, but what if they won’t open their mouth, or stay still for long enough, or scream the house down because they just don’t want you to do it. Here are a few tips that have worked for me. You can also use them for a an older child if you need to, only they will be the one doing the brushing and you can supervise.

Children love to look at themselves so make sure you have a mirror they can see themselves in. Tell them to smile at themselves and see their teeth. Then tell them you will make their teeth lovely and shiny and clean for the bestest smile ever.

Try singing a tune, there is a great one that goes to the tune of the hokey cokey:
Put the toothbrush in, the toothbrush out, in, out, in, out, brush it all about. First you do the front and then you do the sides, then spit the toothpaste out.
Sing again with a rinsed toothbrush but change last line to spit the water out.

Try different flavoured toothpastes. My little girl absolutely hates mint so I managed to find a children’s strawberry flavour toothpaste for her. Here are a few I’ve found online:

Lavara Strawberry tooth gel
Toms of Maine Silly Strawberry toothpaste
Green People organic mandarin toothpaste

When they are a little older, (or if they really won’t let you do it for them) let them copy you. Brush your teeth at the same time and let them see, children love to copy grown ups.

Cleaning their teeth is something that children will be doing for the rest of their lives so try not to make the experience traumatic. Keep trying, but don’t fret if it doesn’t work out every time.

This post is a part of my parenting tips series, I hope you will find them interesting. There is a tab at the top of the page where you can view other tips that I have previously posted. If you would like to share your tips I’d be happy to hear them in the comments section or please visit us on Facebook and join in there.
Thank you xx



  1. September 7, 2012 / 10:54 pm

    I love this! The jingle is clever and I had no idea that there is strawberry flavored toothpaste! That you share your tips is immensely helpful for moms and dads who haven't had the gift of time or experience. Smart parents do learn from others' successes and failures!

  2. September 10, 2012 / 11:58 pm

    How cool is that… strawberry flavored toothpaste. I love the tips and will be passing them on to my step daughter who struggles with this with her young children. :-), Susan Cooper

    • September 11, 2012 / 12:14 pm

      I'm not a lover of mint myself and tend to pick the less minty toothpastes, like the ones with soda in. thanks for commenting 🙂

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