Thursday, 21 July 2016

Teeth Brushing Tips for Babies and Toddlers

It's fair to say that when it comes to brushing teeth, the last 6 months have been a battle!

James has never liked having anything put in his mouth. We gave up on the Calpol syringe very early and put it (sugar free version obvs) in a bottle instead. But teeth brushing is not something you can get around.

Here are some tips that have helped us

1) Make sure the tooth brush is quite soft as if it's too firm and hurts their gums your baby may be put off.

2) Look for a toothbrush that's fun - maybe one with a character on it?

3) Play games while brushing - sing songs or make animal noises. James usually laughs when he's tickled so this is the perfect opportunity to get the brush in!

4) Try a different toothpaste, they may not like the flavour.

5) Do it when your little one is happy and well rested. For us, bedtime brushing was always a real struggle so I switched to doing it in the morning or anytime James was in a good mood. I figure that the most important thing is to try and get him happy to brush his teeth first, then move on to properly adding it into our routine.

6) Don't let health visitors scare you. Trying your best is the most important thing. I was told to brush for 30 seconds in the morning and 30 seconds at night when James had four teeth at 10 months old! I was lucky if I managed 5 seconds; of course this led to weeks of me worrying relentlessly. Things have got better now he is 14 months and all those months of sub-par brushing have not led to any dental just give yourself a break and just keep trying.

7) Try to limit sugary snacks and avoid any juices until you have a good brushing routine. This will help to ease any worries you have over dental health!

8) I find the easiest position to brush his teeth is for me to sit down on the floor with my legs out and lay him down on my legs. If he's standing or sitting down he moves his head from side to side and it's impossible!

I really hope this has helped some of you.

Do let me know in the comments if you've had problems with brushing your baby/toddlers teeth. Have you got any other advice that could help other parents?


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