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There are lots of different toothbrushes on the market. The important thing to remember is that your child needs a toothbrush that will clean effectively deep down between their teeth.
If your child has a mix of baby and adult teeth, or crooked teeth, then the FlossBrush is ideal - it has longer bristles so can clean in between teeth.
You could also opt for an electric toothbrush like the KidzSonic or brush-baby Go-Kidz toothbrush. They both have a two-minute timer and 30 second pulse, so you know exactly how long you need to brush for.
Electric toothbrushes can be a great option to combat brushing battles, as they can introduce some fun into the toothbrushing routine.
Brush-Baby electric brushes have lights and a two-minute timer, so you know exactly how long you have to brush for.
Don’t forget to replace toothbrush heads when bristles start to fray, or least every 2 - 3 months.
Two minutes can seem like a long time, we know! Why not set a countdown timer on your phone? Or play them a video on your phone or tablet that lasts for 2 minutes?
It’s also worth checking out toothbrushing songs, videos or
cartoons online as there are some great options around to keep them
Firstly, don’t worry! Kids like to assert their independence and sometimes they choose to do this at brushing time in particular. Here are some things to try:
- Take your child shopping with you when you buy new toothbrushes and have them choose two, so you can give them a choice at brushing time. They will love the feeling of being in charge!
- Try experimenting with different flavour toothpastes, like our Tutti Frutti flavour.
- Try to time your morning routine so that your child brushes their teeth at the same time as other members of the household. It will make the world of difference to see the adults cleaning their teeth too!
- Let your little one brush their favourite toy’s ‘teeth’ first or let them ‘help’ you to brush your teeth. Just be careful not to share toothbrushes with them.
- Don’t forget to shower them with praise when brushing goes well. You could even keep a progress chart and reward them with a treat at the end of each week.
Firstly, ensure that your little one’s toothpaste contains the right amount of fluoride for their age. For children between 3 and 6, just use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.
Remember to put the toothpaste on your child’s toothbrush yourself until they can do it properly themselves and as with all bathroom products, keep toothpaste tubes out of the reach of little hands.