1. Pick the right tools. Toddler-sized toothbrushes are the ideal softness and size for your child’s mouth, while toothpastes made for toddlers are typically fluoride-free so kids can’t harm themselves if they swallow more than they should. If he’s old enough, let him pick out his own toothbrush, or choose one with a cartoon character that will appeal to him.
2. Let your child get used to the brush. Most kids will put anything in their mouths, so make your child’s toothbrush available to her during diaper changes or other inactive times. The more she is used to handling her toothbrush, the easier it will be to get her to brush properly.
3. Ask him to mimic what you do. Grab your own toothbrush and demonstrate proper technique such as brushing in a circular motion. It’s hard for kids to learn how to do something if they can’t see it.
4. Make it fun with music. Put on your child’s favorite song or music from her favorite movie, which gives her a beat to brush to and also encourages her to brush for a longer period.