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Caring for Your Child's Teeth

Make Brushing Fun

Having trouble getting your kids to brush their teeth?
Try these tips to help make brushing fun.

Use a monthly brushing chart!
Give your child stickers to put on their brushing chart after they brush in the morning and at night.

Use a two minute timer!
Watch the brushing timer together. When the two minutes are up, your child knows it's time to stop brushing their teeth.  

Pick a fun new toothbrush every three months!
Take your child shopping to pick a fun toothbrush. Be sure the toothbrush is very soft.
 
Sing or play music while brushing!
Sing to your child or play their favourite song while they brush.  

Practice brushing on a favourite stuffed animal!
Pick a toothbrush for your child's stuffed animal. Have your child practice brushing the stuffed animal's teeth with its toothbrush. Then, have your child use their own toothbrush to show that they know how to brush.  

Be a good role model!
Brush your teeth regularly. Have fun brushing with your child.

Take turns brushing!
Let your child brush your teeth with your toothbrush. Then, they can brush their own teeth with their toothbrush. Brush their teeth properly afterwards.  

More teeth-brushing tips:

  • Develop a brushing routine while your child is young.
  • Help your child brush until they have the ability to brush
    properly on their own.

Brush your teeth at least 2 times each day for 2 minutes each time.

[ Print Making Brushing Fun/Monthly Brushing Chart (PDF, 278KB)]

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