Toddler Tooth Care – Introducing & Sustaining healthy brushing habits

Tooth care & healthy teeth are vital for your child’s overall development. Thus introducing daily brushing routine in a fun way & making it a habit which kids enjoy becomes important for parents.  This will set them up for good dental habits in the future.

Sometimes it becomes a nightmare for parents to make brushing teeth a habit that doesn’t become a burden on them. They keep wondering how to get toddlers to brush teeth, what’s the best method of toddler tooth care, how to make brushing teeth fun and how to inculcate healthy brushing habits. Here are some tricks to get toddlers to brush teeth happily.

  • Start Early – Introduce toothbrush to your baby as soon as the first tooth erupts. You may not need to start brushing their teeth this early, but getting them familiar with a toothbrush will help once the brushing starts.
  • Let them brush others – Letting kids brush teeth of your favorite toy, a picture or any adult also helps to get them used to hold a toothbrush.

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  • Keep Toothpaste Optional when you begin – Finally, when the time comes that you start brushing their teeth, keep the toothpaste optional for initial few days. Eventually, start with a very small quantity.
  • Keep them engaged – A song, a rhyme, a book – add anything that works with your baby to keep them engaged & happy while brushing.
  • Encourage the habit of selfbrushing – It might get messy and you as a parent might feel that the teeth are not cleaned properly, but it is always good to encourage self-brushing habit from a long-term sustainability perspective. You can help them to finish up & gargle.

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  • Brush along with them – Make it a family thing. Brush in front of them before introducing it to them. This will generate curiosity in them for toothbrush & brushing. Once you introduce brushing to them, brush along with them.
  • Use the mirror – It is great fun for kids to watch themselves in a mirror while they are doing something. Add to the fun by clubbing mirror & brushing together.
  • Stick to the routine – It will become a habit soon if you stick to a routine yourself & encourage your kids too to do the same.


P.S. – Always choose a toothbrush & toothpaste designed & formulated especially for kids.

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27 Responses

  1. Megan says:

    My kids always liked the toothbrushes that light up and flash and stuff. It’s kind of silly but hey, if it makes them excited to brush their teeth then I’m all for it.

    • The Dreamer Mum says:

      I agree, some kids like LEDs, come like characters, come have a color preference. Whatever they like and get excited about brushing.

  2. Allowing to brush others for kids can be adventurous. My child was excited to start brushing and now its again, one more bonding time for us.

  3. These are great tips to inculcate the habit of brushing teeth in kids. I like the idea of letting them brush their toys. And yes, consistency and making it a fun time will surely help too.

  4. Varsh says:

    You’ve given very helpful and practical tips and I can tell this from experience. I brushed with my kids and engaged them with stories too. Starting early is beneficial.

  5. Deepika says:

    Brushing is a tough task for my son. Whenever he is in the mood he does easily otherwise he throws tantrum. I will try these tricks too let’s see the results.

  6. Neha Sharma says:

    These are some really good tips to help toddlers start brushing in a fun way. Sticking to the routine is very important to make a habit.

  7. Sweetannu says:

    I like the new brushes in the market. The ones you slip on your finger. Kids need to start young and inculcating good dental hygiene is so important

  8. Right oral health is must my son tooth are in bad condition , because of pampering from neighbour hood sweets and chocolates ,he was offered .these are really great tips to make brushing fun

  9. Your tips are quite practical and useful. My son earlier resisted for brushing with a toothbrush but when I started brushing along with him now he brushes happily. It’s a great bonding time.

  10. jhilmildsaha says:

    The moment my daughter got her first 2 teeth I started brushing. I am glad that I did that as now at 4 I do not have to remind her to brush on time.

  11. Tina Basu says:

    Oral hygiene is very important for kids. The earlier you start the better. Brushing time is now a fave activity for my son

  12. These are some good brushing habits for kids that every parent should know.

  13. Such a nice information… helpful too

  14. RamyaBarithaya says:

    You share nice list of habbits.. lovely

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