How do I brush my child’s teeth?
Quite often toothbrushing is not the simple task we think it should be and toddlers voice their disapproval to the parents. This can be very difficult right before bed time. It is important that you make sure that the brushing is done. Your toddler is just trying to control the situation the only way they know how- by making a lot of noise. If you give in when this is happening the child will quickly learn that this is how to get out of things and the behaviour will be repeated time and again. It takes a lot more effort to be persistent but the negative behaviour will stop in the end. You cannot cause any damage to your child by ensuring tooth brushing is done properly every night.
In difficult cases it may be necessary for the dentist to show you techniques for two people to help with brushing or alternative strategies depending on your situation.