Make sure your child likes the flavour of the toothpaste. Many toothpastes that seem mild to us may be too strong for your child.
Use only a pea size amount of toothpaste or less. Too much will create a lot of foam and can be overwhelming for a child.
Be enthusiastic, make it sound like fun, not a chore
Make sure they see you brushing your teeth as you are the example and your children always want to be like you!
Let them pick out their toothbrush (and/or toothpaste). Often children will love to brush if their toothbrush has their favourite character on it (eg Spiderman, Dora etc…)
If they have a favourite doll, have the doll participate too.
Make it a part of a routine, and a requirement before doing something they like (eg. before bedtime stories)
Make it part of bathtime, or after when they are wrapped in a towel.
Brush their teeth while they are distracted (eg watching T.V.)
Sing their favourite song while brushing their teeth (this was a popular suggestion that many parents said made brushing fun for their children)
Count down while you are brushing (this way they know when it will end). One mother started out by counting fairly fast and then when her child became more comfortable with it slowed down her counting allowing her to brush longer.
Make it a family event.
Pretend to hear different animal noises in their mouth that you have to brush away.
Talk about “sugar bugs” that are in their mouth and need to be cleaned
Name the different foods they’ve eaten that day that you are “brushing out” They can help you remember what they’ve eaten.
Let them stand on the bathroom counter (when they are smaller) – this is fun for them and gives you a good view into their mouth.
Sit on a bed or couch and have them lay with their head on your lap – it can be more relaxing for the child and also gives you a good view.