Guest Post by Dr Toni

Moms, I have been there. I am a dentist and I used to STRUGGLE getting my son to brush his teeth.

You would think, “Oh, she is a dentist. She knows what to do.” Yes, I know how to brush teeth, but my son was not the most cooperative patient to work with.

There was a point that every time I said “its time to brush your teeth” my son would scream and start throwing a tantrum.

One day it got so bad that I had to put him on the bed and have my husband hold his hands down in order to brush his teeth.  Then a light bulb went off.  This should be fun just like taking a bath or getting dressed.  Why am I struggling?!

That is when I tried (and failed a few times) to find a way to making brushing my son’s teeth fun for both of us.

These are my tips on getting your child to brush their teeth:

1. Get a toothbrush or toothpaste with their favorite cartoon character.

My son loves Thomas the Train and Paw Patrol. The day that I bought Thomas the Train training tooth paste, my son was sold.  He HAD to have Thomas!  Once I saw how eager he was to get Thomas, I used my bribery skills.

I told him that he could have Thomas (training toothpaste) if he would let me brush his teeth.  He didn’t care if I was asking him to climb Mount Everest, he would have said yes just to get the toothpaste.

A few weeks later, I got a Superman toothbrush and he couldn’t wait for me to get the toothbrush out of the package.

2. Get a training toothpaste for the little ones.

The training toothpaste when your child is little (2 years old and under) is helpful because it taste really good.  You should try it.

Let you child taste it once.  They will open their mouths to let you brush when they know they are getting something tasty.  Don’t worry about them swallowing the training toothpaste.  It doesn’t have any fluoride and it is safe to ingest.

3. Let your child brush your teeth.

Yes, mom.  I know.  Hear me out.  Once the you show your child how much fun it is to get your teeth clean, they are more inclined to let you brush their teeth.

After you do a good job of showing them how much fun it is, they will let YOU have a turn, without the tears of course.

4. Get excited!

When your child sees that you are excited about brushing their teeth, they will be excited. If you make it sound like it is a chore or something you are not looking forward to, they will pick up on it.

You can get excited by having a special song that you sing or maybe even a fun “we are about to brush our teeth” dance.

I hope this helps. Please let me know what your secret was to get your child to brush their teeth.

With lots of love,
Dr Toni

About the Author

Dr Toni is family dentist in Jacksonville, Florida and the author of the blog drtonidds.com.  drtonidds.com is a blog helps mom’s achieve optimal oral health for themselves and the entire family.  Dr Toni is a wife, mommy of two boys and enjoys spending free time watching WWE.

About the Author

Dr Toni is family dentist in Jacksonville, Florida and the author of the blog drtonidds.com.  drtonidds.com is a blog helps mom’s achieve optimal oral health for themselves and the entire family.  Dr Toni is a wife, mommy of two boys and enjoys spending free time watching WWE.