Brush your toddlers teeth

How to brush your toddler’s or infant’s teeth

Are you frustrated with brushing your toddler’s teeth while they are kicking, screaming and crying? We understand and want to help you get your child’s brushing back on track.  Scroll down for an instructional brushing video along with a few tips to get you started.  Combine these with bi-annual visits to Kids Teeth for a healthy smile at any age.

Does this look familiar?

Instructional brushing video – infants and toddlers

Additional brushing tips:

  • Lay the child back on a bed, changing table, or your lap.  This will minimize their movements making brushing safer, quicker, and more effective.
    Anticavity Fluoride Rinse

    Use an anticavity fluoride rinse instead of toothpaste

  • Brush from behind.
  • Gently hold their hands or distract them with toys or an additional toothbrush.  If their hands are still in the way, sit on the floor and wrap them in a towel.
  • Brush with anti-cavity fluoride rinse instead of toothpaste until they know how to properly spit.  Many children are texture sensitive and will tolerate the liquid better than the foamy paste. This will also allow a better view of the mouth and create less mess.
  • Follow a routine pattern to brush the outer surface, inner surfaces, and chewing surfaces of the teeth in small circular motions making sure to brush at the gumline.
  • Two minutes is unrealistic, brush all the surfaces and work up to two minutes in the future.

    a fun flosser makes it easier

  • Don’t forget to brush their tongue and FLOSS.  Flossing should begin as soon as the teeth start to touch.  Don’t forget, good flossing habits begin early!
  • Closer to age 2, children want to become independent with brushing.  Let them try so they learn how, but make sure that an adult is ALWAYS brushing before or after the child.
  • Congratulate them on a job well done with high-fives, pat on the back or a sticker on a brushing chart!

Keep in mind that practice makes perfect and it won’t magically happen overnight. But trust us, the more you try, the better it will get.

A special note for parents regarding nursing and bedtime feedings:

baby bottle tooth decay

Brush after bottle feeding

If any bedtime or nighttime feedings are still occuring after the teeth erupt, parents need to use an infant brush to clean the teeth prior to laying the child back in bed.  A brush with bristles is most effective at cleaning the teeth and safer than using a finger brush. Learn more about baby bottle tooth decay and how to prevent it on the KT Blog.

Also, don’t forget, first birthday = first visit to the dentist and it’s complimentary if you book their appointment before they turn 18 months old.

Are you ready to learn more about caring for your toddler’s or infant’s teeth? Give us a call to schedule your child’s next appointment or fill out our online appointment request.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

Follow the links below to view all of our instructional brushing videos: