The Most Essential Hygiene Check Before Going To Bed
If you’re ready to cede control of the morning and evening tooth-brushing ritual, your toddler may not be so eager to go it alone with his toothbrush. If he resists the change of guard, try these tactics to ease him into it:
1. If you’re really worried that your toddler’s teeth aren’t getting properly cleaned while he’s learning to take the reins, let him do the morning brushing session, while you handle the evening one. That way, he’ll get practice brushing on his own in the a.m., but he’ll also get a reminder of your technique in the p.m. Nighttime is also a good opportunity for you to get him used to flossing once a day before brushing (unlike brushing, flossing is something you’ll want to do for him at this point).
2. Get in on the action, and join your toddler while he brushes his teeth. Having a little camaraderie might encourage him to take a little longer and give his teeth a more-thorough cleaning. Try stepping it up a notch by setting up a competition (Who can brush every tooth?).
3. Consider giving your child a battery-powered spin toothbrush. The novelty might coerce your toddler to brush his teeth. Plus, there are some toothbrushes that play a song until it’s time to stop, or signal that two minutes are up by making a noise.
4. Ask the dentist to praise your child for brushing by himself. Getting the thumbs-up from an authority in a white jacket will encourage your toddler to soldier on.