How do you get your child to want to brush his or her teeth?

Paul Casamassimopediatric dentist

The most important thing to do is to make toothbrushing a part of your child’s routine. The same techniques you use to get your child to take a bath or wash his face may also get him to brush his teeth. Try using a child’s toothpaste — they’re milder than adult brands, which can cause a burning sensation in a child’s mouth. If your child still resists toothbrushing, make it into a game. For example, you can tape a song your child likes and tell him he needs to brush through the first stanza. Or you can tell your child that if he brushes half of his teeth, you’ll do the other half. This makes your child feel as if he’s receiving special attention.


I have said in previous posts that making it a part of your child’s daily hygiene routine from infancy will transfer into daily practice as a child, especially if you let the child see you do it as well and even do it at the same time. I sing songs with my kids and they love it. The older ones will even sing it to the younger ones, since it hasn’t changed in a decade.

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