And by fight I mean win.
The simple act of brushing a few baby teeth has been a struggle since my child was a toddler. Unfortunately, she still hasn’t outgrown her displeasure with brushing and flossing, but there’s hope for all of you parents dealing with the tumultuous twos and threes right now.
To help your child embrace the hygienic task, which he will likely be doing daily for the rest of his life, consider the following:
Shopping Trip: Toddlers love to shop, especially if they know they will be scoring something by the end of the trip. Make shopping for dental tools fun by allowing your tot to select his own brush. These days you can find a plethora of kid-friendly toothbrushes emblazoned with popular characters, from Snoopy, Dora and Winnie the Pooh to Disney Princesses, Mickey Mouse and SpongeBob SquarePants. The brush should feature soft bristles, a small head and a large handle. As for toothpaste, dentists recommend toddlers use fluoride varieties, though you can have your child pick out his favorite flavor. Many companies offer an array of different toothpaste flavors, such as bubble gum and berry.
Jam Session: You can also make the act of brushing fun by playing some tunes while you clean your toddler’s teeth. Experts recommend that parents brush their children’s teeth until they can rinse and spit without assistance. Once you gently brush all of your toddler’s teeth and his gum line, hand over the brush and give him a chance to work on his technique. The more practice he gets, the faster he will master the art of brushing. What’s more, if you let him dance while he scrubs his pearly whites, he may be less resistant to the process.