Here’s a statistic that might set your teeth on edge: One-third of children don’t brush their teeth every day. That’s one in three. It’s no wonder, then, that tooth decay is one of the most common diseases among children  — five times more common as asthma, in fact.

Parents aren’t always to blame. Face it, brushing your teeth isn’t the most exciting thing in the world, especially when you’re a kid. There are a number of ways you can make brushing more fun, though. Here are Six of them.

6 top tips on how to get your toddler to brush their teeth.

1.Have your toddler sit down

2.Holding a toy, particularity a stuffed animal you can squeeze, will also give your child some calming deep pressure and tactile sensations. This can also become part of your routine. They could even have a special tooth brushing stuffed animal that stays under the bathroom sink! 

3.Gently hold their face still and start brushing their teeth. At the same time, talk to them and tell them how good of a job they are doing.

4. Pick a simple nursery rhyme to use every time you brush your child’s teeth.

5. Position your child in front of the mirror when you brush their teeth. Grab a step stool if you need to!

6.After you’re done, continue to talk to them positive phrases like..

“You did a great job”

“Well done”