8 Ways to make brushing teeth fun
Caring for your child’s dental hygiene is easier said than done. Here are some helpful tips to make it a little less painful for everyone.
1 - Yours & mine
Let them brush your teeth while you brush theirs. But be warned — it might end up getting a little bit messy!
2 - Animal instinct
Get them to roar like a lion so you can get to their back teeth.
3 - Sing along
Sing while you brush their teeth for a fun distraction. Make up a song or search 'tooth-brushing songs' online. Try Elmo's 'Brushy Brush' song on YouTube, which features celeb cameos from the likes of Bruno Mars and Nicole Kidman.
4 - Time is on your side
Buy a little timer or download a tooth-brushing app so your child can see when the recommended two minutes is up. Some will delight in setting the timer, too.
5 - Image is everything
Let them choose their own toothbrush. If it's their favourite colour, or features a favourite character, it might make them happier about brushing.
6 - Early bird
Try brushing before pyjamas or bath-time so it isn't the very last thing you do at night, when your child will be most tired and likely to fall apart.
7 - Copy cat
Brush your teeth at the same time and get them to copy you. Even better, do it in front of the mirror. (You might need to do a check of theirs at the end.)
8 - Bear essentials
Give toddlers a spare brush to clean their toy's teeth while you brush theirs.
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