In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month, today’s How To… comes directly from one of our fabulous patients. Last year when we asked our patients to share techniques they use to encourage toddlers with their brushing habits we got a lot of fantastic feedback.
This is one of many wonderful ideas we received:
“My toddler loves brushing her teeth since I tried “The Zoo in my Mouth” technique. I tell her that before she goes to bed, we have to get all the animals out of her mouth. She opens wide and “Oh, my goodness, there’s a bear, and there’s a lion. Let’s get that tiger next.” If I leave out an animal she will remind me that we haven’t gotten all of them yet. This may turn into brushing a little longer than you had planned, but that’s always a good thing. It’s a great way to end the day, easy way to make sure her teeth are clean, as well as a little “field trip” to the zoo.”
Great tip! If you have other ways to encourage toddlers to brush, please share them in the comments section. We would love to hear your ideas!