Getting your toddler to brush their teeth can be a bit of a battle. Dr Lyndsey McTavish-Lynam shares some tips. Lyndsey has a two little ones. A 2 year old boy and a 3 year old girl.
-Clean twice daily, before breakfast and after the last drink of the day.
-Use a small headed brush for the appropriate age.
-Let them see you brushing teeth.
-Try to make it fun. We let our two play with the brush once we have given them a good brush ourselves.
-Most Irish people have a fluoridated water supply so the recommendation is no toothpaste before two and only a smear from then on. Ensure toothpaste is spat out.
-When they are small sitting on your lap can work well.
-Kneeling on the floor together can be good once they are bigger.
-I get them to tilt their head back to make it easier to clean the top teeth