How to get your child to brush their teeth
One of the challenges parents face with their toddlers is to get them to brush their teeth, let alone brush twice a day. Why brushing baby teeth is so important? Children get cavities too, and baby teeth, even though they fall out, have an enormous purpose behind them. Baby teeth help a child chew, smile and speak. They also hold a place for adult teeth and if a child loosed a baby tooth before permanent tooth erupts, it can cause crooked or crowded teeth in the future. So, kick-starting an early oral health habit, such as brushing twice a day, is the best way to prevent future cavities and safe those baby teeth until it is time for them to fall out.
Let's look at some fun-shaped children toothbrushes and we will turn brushing your child's teeth into a fun task for everyone.
1. Soft & Flexible Dr. Brown's Elephant-Shaped Toothbrush
This incredibly fun toothbrush is ideal for infants and toddlers. The body of the toothbrush is flexible, so it will be gentle on your baby gums and teeth. The shape of the brush and easy to hold handles allow child to grab it with ease and soft bristles makes it a great choice as your child's first toothbrush.
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2. Banana Toothbrush & Teether
Best way to get your child to brush their teeth regularly is to make it fun, with this fun-shaped banana toothbrush this task will not be your challenge.
Just looking at it, makes you want to try it yourself. Fun, made out of 100% food-grade flexible silicone and comes in different colours (yellow, pink & blue). Huge side handles making it perfect position for kids to grab on to it. Thick bristles on the toothbrush is great for massaging inflamed gums during teething. This toothbrush also doubles up as a teether. Dishwasher and freezer safe.
3. Ring Shaped-Toothbrushes for Children
Good alternative to more expensive Banana-shaped toothbrushes are ring shaped toothbrushes. They are cheaper and come in packs (anywhere from 5 - to 24). You need to change toothbrushes every 3-4 months anyways. Simple, colourful and most importantly effective toothbrushes with soft bristles for gentle brushing.
4. Jordan Step 1 Baby Toothbrush
If you looking for something in between functionality, price and a toothbrush that is also safe from chocking, look no further then this award winning Jordan Step 1 toothbrush. It is specifically designed with short neck and a teeth ring for ergonomic handle that can be used without fear of chocking. Comes in the pack of 4 for children 0 to 2 years of age.
Bonus for parents: This toothbrush has a bristle feature colored dots, helping you to know how much toothpaste to use when brushing with your child.
5. Tinabless Baby Toothbrush
This brush is similar to Jordan Step 1 with added bonus of a cap over the toothbrush head. This makes sure to keep germs out of your baby's toothbrush. Great for traveling. Comes in 3 pack so make sure to change your baby's toothbrush at least every 3-4 months.
6. The Brushies
Last toothbrush we are going to mention that you should look at when choosing a toothbrush for your child is The brushies. This fun puppet toothbrush kit comes with four multicolored fun puppets that will sure keep your child entertained. More importantly it is made out of 100 % food grade silicone so you don't have to worry what goes in your child's mouth. This toothbrush kit also comes with an entertaining storybook about brushing your teeth that extra touch to your little one to make brushing fun.
We are sure that this list will make selecting a new toothbrush for your child easier and more fun. Your goal should be to make the process of brushing fun and exciting for your child and yourself.
Remember to use small amount of fluoride toothpaste, size of a rice grain - no more.
Bonus tip: Sing a tune while you brushing with your toddler, long enough for them to ensure all teeth are properly clean. Your child will love it.