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There are many things that we want to do for our kids. We want them to eat well, be comfortable in social environments, and achieve their dreams through education or special training. We also want them to be healthy, and that includes their smiles!

Helping your children maintain healthy smiles means teaching them great oral hygiene habits from an early age. Brushing your baby’s teeth is easy, and they rarely offer a complain, but toddlers are a whole different situation.

We’ve put together a list of things you can do to help your toddler take interest in their personal dental care, so let’s take a look!

Make a Toothbrush as Exciting as a New Toy
Let’s face it, keeping a toddler happy is all about being a good salesman. You have to convince your little one that what is good for them is also what is the most fun for them. Make that toothbrush an exciting purchase!

While you are walking through the store, tell your little one that you’d like to pick out something very special. Go down the toothbrush aisle and take a look! There are all sorts of great toothbrushes for kids with all of the hottest characters. Some even light up! Let your toddler pick an age-appropriate toothbrush and watch those eyes fill with excitement!

The Power of Ownership
Toddlers love to think that everything is their idea. How many times have you suggested the blue shirt (his favorite) only to be told that he doesn’t like that shirt and wants the red? It’s human nature, and toddlers are great at showcasing this little tic that we all have!

This is why it is very important that you let your toddler pick his own toothbrush. Give up the power of ownership to your child, and you will see a little one who is much more likely to actually use that toothbrush on a regular basis!

Be Patient and Keep Trying
There is no magic code to toddlers, and these tricks may not work for you, at least not at first. Keep trying! Don’t get frustrated if your toddler doesn’t see a toothbrush to pick on that first trip. Come back and try again on another day.

Remember, you want this experience to be positive, so tuck your frustration away and try again in a few days! Let your child lead, be encouraging, and wait for the success!