Looking after your teeth is part of your daily routine – it’s what you’ve always known. But introducing this into your toddler’s every day, may be proving harder than imagined, and your stuck at a crossroads.

Brushing teeth will become second nature for your toddler / Photo credit: Unsplash
Brushing teeth will become second nature for your toddler / Photo credit: Unsplash

You’ve tried every trick in the book and are yet to see any progress. But going back to basics and avoiding dramatic changes, can make more of a difference, than you think.

If you’re yet to start the dental care journey with your little one, it doesn’t need to be as daunting as anticipated, just go with the flow and take unnecessary pressure off yourself.

Forcing your children to brush their teeth and adding extreme pressure will only add negativity to the experience – bringing many tears and tantrums - which really isn’t welcomed.

Follow our simple steps to help turn teeth brushing from dreaded nightmares to relaxing daydreams.

Start as you mean to go on

Introducing a toothbrush and the task of teeth brushing from an early age will help your baby to recognise and become familiar with the object. This will help create a connection to the brush and what it does. It is recommended, however, to start brushing your babies’ teeth when they cut their first tooth. This is usually around six months old, although it can be earlier or later. Never leave your baby unattended with a toothbrush.


If you are only just making a start on your toddler’s teeth brushing journey, not to worry, you still have time to protect the mouth. Adding this as part of their daily routine will make them accustomed to this task, and eventually see the kids participating automatically without any prompting. Start the day brushing teeth together, as well as ending the day doing the same. Again, this will only emphasise the importance and will become second nature.

Aesthetically pleasing

Why not switch up the boring, mundane toothbrush for a colourful choice or even one that lights up! This will draw the kids in and the flashing light will act as a guide to the length of time they should be brushing. It is recommended for babies and up to three year olds to brush twice a day for two minutes. Remember to use a fluoride toothpaste (baby toothpaste) as this prevents and controls tooth decay. Children aged 3-6 years also need to use fluoride toothpaste that contains no less than 1000ppm (this can be found on the label). Again, brushing twice daily, preferably before bed, for two minutes.

Sing and dance

Make the whole thing fun! Brushing your teeth doesn’t have to be boring – create a ‘teeth brushing’ song and/or dance. Not only will this get the kids up and burning off the crazy load of energy, but it will get the kids excited and keen to grab the toothbrushes and get their groove on!

Lead by example

Children are great at learning new things from the person they spend the most time with. If they witness you brushing your teeth, this will only build curiosity and integrity, encouraging them to follow suit. Doing this together is a perfect opportunity to build memories by keeping it well relaxed and removing any pressure.

Teeth brushing apps

In need of more support? Technology has your back! There are several different dental apps that share ways to help with teeth brushing. They also provide games and entertainment to give your toddler that little extra added push to maintain a healthy smile.

Written by Laura, who you can follow on Twitter at @LauraJadeC20

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