You might like to try the following routine when brushing your child’s teeth:
1. Stand or sit behind your child so that he feels secure. Doing it in front of a mirror is good too, because it lets you see your child’s mouth.
2. Cup your child’s chin in your hands with her head resting against your body.
3. Angle the bristles of the toothbrush towards the gum. Move the brush in gentle circles to clean the outer and inner sides of the teeth and gums. Lift your child’s lips to brush the front and back of the teeth and at the gum line.
4. Brush back and forth on the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
5. Gently brush your child’s tongue.
6. Encourage your child to brush without swallowing. When your child starts using toothpaste, get him to spit it out.
If you’re using an electric toothbrush, avoid moving the brush in circles. Keep your hand still, and guide the brush across your child’s teeth and gums.
Raising Children Network Editorial Team (2015). Dental care for preschoolers, The best way to brush your child’s teeth. Raising Children [Online]. Available: http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/dental_care_preschoolers.html [December 15, 2015]