If your toddler resists brushing his/her teeth, or he hates brushing his teeth, well all I can say is ‘welcome to the club’. My son didn’t get his teeth until he was 10 months old. And all of a sudden, 2 teeth pop out. I remember it was immediately after our Iraq trip, he had caught viral cold and cough and his body temperature was up to 40 degree celsius. There’s an old saying that babies who are teething tend to fall ill before their teeth pop out. To what extent it is true, I can’t assure but to be honest, my son fell ill whenever he was had his teeth popping out.
However, now that he is 18 months old, I make sure to brush his teeth twice in a day. But those two times, I have to play so many games and tricks to make him brush. I used to think that may be he has some kind of pain in his gums due to the teething that he hates anything touching it. And may be it’s true. But I read an article online saying that most toddlers hate brushing.
I’m gonna share some tricks with you to help you clean your child’s teeth. It’s very important to clean those pearly whites as a lot of junk can get stuck in just two teeth.
WHY IT HAPPENS
The reason why this happens might be because your child doesn’t like anyone taking control over his mouth. At this stage, your child decides when he wants to sleep, what he wants to eat or wear. Similarly, your child wants to decide if he wants to brush or not.
WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT
1. At your next visit with your pediatrician, ask the doctor to explain why brushing is so important. Let your toddler know it from an expert, so that next time when your toddler zips his mouth, remind him of what the ‘expert’ said.
2. Involve your child. Let him choose his favorite brush or toothpaste with his favorite cartoon character and that may excite him to brush his teeth.
3. Instead of trying to force your way into his mouth, let him hold the brush and let him brush his teeth. I know it’ll be quite messy but a little practice and praise goes a long way. You can even let your child brush your teeth and then you can do his.
4. Make brushing lot of fun by singing songs together and diverting his mind from brushing.
I hope these tips help and in case you have any ideas that you implement with your child, please share 🙂