Getting in a brushing habit can be a battle! Children are already tired at bedtime, causing them to be even less cooperative while completing their nighttime hygiene routine. Here are a few tips on getting your children’s teeth cleaned successfully.
1. Start young.
Begin brushing your baby’s gums even before their teeth come in. They will become used to the routine, and less likely to make a fuss later on.
2. Make it fun.
Go in a circular motion as you brush, commenting on the “tickle brush” and providing encouragement on how well your child is keeping their mouth open, even on the rough nights.
3. Make it a routine.
Having a bedtime routine helps with sleep as well, and children enjoy knowing what to expect. Have time to brush teeth directly after bath, or putting on pjs–whatever works for your family! Just be consistent.
4. Be persistent.
There may be nights where children fight back or scream. Any parent knows that nighttime can be unpredictable at best! Look on the bright side–if they are screaming, their mouth is open wide enough to brush those pesky back teeth!
5. Have a system.
Divide the mouth into quadrants in your mind (top right, top left, bottom right, bottom left). This is a great system for your own teeth as well. Go in the same order every time you brush– you won’t miss any spots, and again, routine.
Above all, instill those healthy habits through positive speech, encouragement, and consistency. Your efforts will pay off in the long run!