Baby teeth need to be cared for as soon as they appear.  Just like adults, kids should have their teeth cleaned twice a day – after breakfast and just before bed.  Look for a toothbrush with a very small head and soft bristles.  It recommends brushing teeth with water only for babies younger than 18 months. Parents should help their children brush their teeth until the age of eight and should avoid buying toothpastes that are high in fluoride. Don’t allow them to eat toothpaste.

If your kids refuse to brush – we have a few tricks to help.

 

Try incorporating teeth-brushing into bath time so they quickly accept it as a part of their routine. If there is an older sibling, let them brush together. Make sure they are involved, let them choose their own toothbrush. Fun characters will do the trick. Then, pick a great flavor of toothpaste. Give your child a toothbrush to play with. Let them brush their doll or their stuffed toy’s teeth. Or let your child brush your own teeth. Have them pick their favorite song to play while they brush. Use your toothbrush as a microphone.

 

Offer some rewards. A little something to provide motivation will suffice. Allow your child to pick a book to read or a sticker after brushing. Make brushing fun for your kids and make it a favorite part of the day.

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