Ask a Parent Coach: Oral Health
Q. Any tips on how to get my toddler started on tooth-brushing himself?
A. While your child probably has the basic idea of tooth brushing down from you, independent tooth brushing is a “first” that still requires supervision. Make it fun by letting your child pick out her “big kid” toothbrush and toothpaste. Start slow: Help with the morning tooth-brushing, and let her handle the nighttime brushing. Help out with flossing, and know that practice makes perfect. Even though she may not get every crevice, she is on her way to a good habit and a bright smile for life!