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Teeth Brushing Help and Free Resources for Home

Promoting teeth brushing for toddlers is important for establishing good oral hygiene habits early on. Here are some tips to encourage and promote teeth brushing for children!

Father and son brushing their teeth together

1. Start Early: Introduce teeth brushing as soon as your child's first tooth appears. This helps establish the routine early on and makes it a natural part of their daily activities.


2. Lead by Example: Children often mimic their parents' behaviour, so make sure they see you brushing your teeth regularly and enjoying it. Let them watch you brush your teeth and make it a fun activity.


3. Make It Fun: Turn teeth brushing into a fun and enjoyable activity. Use brightly coloured toothbrushes with their favourite cartoon characters, or let them choose their own toothbrush. Sing songs or make up a fun teeth-brushing song to make it more engaging.


4. Use Positive Reinforcement: Praise your child for their efforts and achievements when they brush their teeth. Positive reinforcement encourages them to continue the behaviour. We have a fantastic poster you can print off and use at home! It's a weekly poster that children can either colour in, or add stickers too as a positive reinforcement for brushing their teeth twice a day. To download and print off your copy, please click here;

How to Brush Your Teeth Toothbrushing Instructions Posters
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How to brush your tetth at home poster to add to your bathroom

Interactive tooth brushing schedule poster

5. Create a Routine: Establish a regular teeth brushing routine, such as brushing your teeth after breakfast and before bedtime. Consistency helps reinforce the habit.

6. Make It Interactive: Let your child be involved in the teeth brushing process. Allow them to hold the toothbrush and try brushing their own teeth, even if you need to follow up with a more thorough brushing afterwards.


7. Offer Choices: Let your child choose their own toothpaste flavour. Having a say in the process can make them more enthusiastic about brushing their teeth.


8. Educate About Oral Health: Teach your child about the importance of brushing their teeth to keep them strong and healthy. Use age-appropriate books, videos, or educational resources to explain why brushing is essential.


9. Use Role Play: Encourage pretend play where your child gets to pretend to be the dentist or the tooth fairy. This can make the concept of oral hygiene more interesting and less intimidating.


10. Be Patient and Persistent: Understand that it may take time for your toddler to get used to the idea of teeth brushing. Be patient and persistent in your efforts, and eventually, it will become a routine part of their day.

By incorporating these tips, you can make teeth brushing a positive and enjoyable experience for your toddler, setting them up for a lifetime of good oral hygiene habits.

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