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.
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.
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 some more you might find useful.
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.