Let’s be real; there is nothing exciting about dental hygiene. For a toddler, if it doesn’t involve dirt and throwing things around; it’s not worth their time. So, how do you get a toddler excited about something that is necessary for them? You make it fun. I just happen to have three tips that work great for my daughter, and I wanted to share them with you.
3 Tips To Getting Your Toddler Excited About Dental Hygiene
This post is in collaboration with The Humble Brush Co.
What toddler doesn’t like music? My toddler loves to boogie down. Whenever she’s fussy about brushing her teeth, I sing her a song. It’s a quick her to distract her so that I can get her teeth cleaned as fast as possible. Next time your toddler is refusing to clean their teeth, try singing the “brush, brush, brush your teeth” (using the melody to the “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” song). This technique works like a charm with my daughter.
Make them feel independent
My daughter is a sweet girl, but there are a few things that can turn her into a mini demon and me brushing her teeth for her is one of them. I found out early on that the best way to deal with this is to let her brush her teeth first and then do it for her.
Be an example
My toddler always tries to imitate what I do. One of the ways that I get her to brush her teeth without any issue is by brushing my teeth at the same times as her. Another trick is to have an older sibling brush along with them.
Bonus: Let your toddler pick out their toothbrush.
About Humble Brush
A few weeks ago, The Humble Co. sent brushes for me to review on the blog. They even sent a toddler size toothbrush for my daughter. It is now her favorite toothbrush.
What got me excited about this company is that they give back. I love working with brands that such as the Humble Co. Every Humble Brush that is sold will help children in need participate in a comprehensive preventive oral care program. The Humble Brush is made out of naturally sustainable bamboo, and they are 100% biodegradable.
Connect with The Humble Co. on Facebook and Instagram to get news and update on their amazing charity. You can also connect with them online to see how you can help do your part to reduce your environmental footprint.
I hope my tips for getting toddlers excited about dental hygiene are useful to you. Don’t have a toddler but know someone that does? Share this post with them. Have an older child that you need to get excited about brushing? Check out the crazy ways that I use to get my son to brush his teeth.
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Kelly Hutchinson says
It can be so hard to get your littles to brush. I think getting them excited about it is really smart.
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Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says
Great tips! It can be so hard to get kids to brush their teeth. BUT it’s so important.
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Getting toddlers to brush their teeth is a nightmare. I’ve found that bubblegum flavored, or some other sweet flavored toothpaste really helps!
Oh, I do NOT miss those days, although I sometimes still have to coax my older boys to brush their teeth! It’s like the one task that no one can seem to remember! haha!
Joely Smith says
You are such an inspiration and great mom! Your little one is so adorable! I know this has helped so many parents with young kiddos and I have to say I am LOVING those natural toothbrushes!
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Claudia Krusch says
I always tried to make brushing our teeth a fun time. I have always used music and dance to keep the kids interested. The music also acts like a timer. They know they can stop when the song is done.
I don’t think we ever got ours excited about it, but we did get to the point where they didn’t hate it.
When you make it fun for them, brushing teeth is a breeze for toddlers. I love your tips.
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Getting toddlers in getting toothbrush is really hard. I had been bought every toothpaste in the store but she still dont want to take a brush. So thank you for this tips. It’s a big help. 🙂
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Angela Tolsma says
I can’t even image how hard it is to get a toddler to do something like this! Definitely need to remember this when I am nannying my nephews this summer. I love the wooden toothbrushes!
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Oh my daughter loves brushing her teeth. She is only 2 years old but she already know how to take care of it.
Heather Johnson says
My kiddos have always been good about brushing their teeth. My son was super excited to get a big boy toothbrush a few days ago.
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Katie Kinsley says
Dental hygiene is so important! I am still forgetful when I am rushing around in the morning that I have a toothbrush in my desk at work.
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I think these are all great ideas. I always lead by example. My girls see me brushing my teeth all the time.
Kristen from The Road to Domestication says
Looks like a great toothbrush! And your little one is so sweet!!! We’re just now getting our teeth over here, so we have a bit of catching up to do!
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Katrina gehman says
great tips. my kids love brushing their teeth. we made it fun when teaching them and it’s stuck with them
Erica Schwarz says
We use bamboo toothbrushes too and LOVE them! There is so much plastic in the oceans that this is a great way to do something positive and not contribute to the waste.
Carol Cassara says
That is so awesome! It’s important to teach the kids about good dental hygiene as early as possible. It’s definitely something that parents should focus on. These brushes are great!
E H says
My toddler is just also learning teeth brushing, and the whole routine. These brushes look perfect and so cute for a toddler!
Oyinkan Ogunleye says
I think making kids feel independent allows them to learn a lot quickly, not just brushing their teeth.
Victoria heckstall says
My son really loves brushing his teeth. These tips are truly true. I always apply it. ?
Annemarie LeBlanc says
This is such a great campaign. I love the idea of being able to help in a simple way. My grandchildren would need new toothbrushes soon so I will get these humble brushes for them.
I think entertaining them is a must. I still remember all the entertaining I did just for my son to brush his teeth when he was still a toddler.
Shannon Gurnee says
I’ve never heard of this toothbrush before, but would definitely check it out. These are some great tips!
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Misty Nelson Dawn says
Such a good tips. My boys would always love brushing their teeth and by the way, that toothbrush was really looked cute
Richard Corbin says
It is not easy to make children’s to brush sometimes. But making them excited may help. Thanks for sharing.
Love these tips! Good dental hygiene starts at home and these ideas of singing to the child and making it a fun experience will definitely instill those good habits starting young. Thanks for sharing!
Victor T says
Getting my kids to brush has always been a battle but I try to give them a reward after they brush like reading them a chapter from a book. The Humble company is on the right path. Great tips. Thanks for sharing!