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How To Brush Your Preschoolers Teeth In 15 Simple Steps

I’m excited for you! Now that your sweet baby is no longer a baby or even a toddler, it’s time to shift your tooth brushing focus just a little bit! Your preschooler has a mouth FULL of teeth and is eating all kinds of stuff. This is the age when cavities are most likely to start showing up and you have to know how to brush your preschooler’s teeth, to prevent that!

How to brush your preschoolers teeth in 15 simple steps. Little girl brushing teeth.

A fun and important part of making sure you know how to brush your preschooler’s teeth is beginning to teach him how to do it on his own as well! Your preschooler does not have the dexterity to brush well by himself.

However, he needs to start learning the dexterity, so I am going to tell you how to begin to teach him to brush, and keep him cavity free, in order to prevent expensive dental surgery, all at the same time!

15 Steps For How to Brush Your Preschoolers Teeth.


The fun thing about this age is that he is starting to really understand life. Not only will your excitement be contagious, he knows what a boo-boo is, and won’t want one on his teeth!

When and How To Brush Your Toddler’s Teeth Correctly

And Go For Brushing:

***** If you are just now starting to brush her teeth for the first time, go back to this post here and learn how to brush with your child lying down, using non-fluoridated toothpaste. This is MUCH more effective when just starting out and will be necessary to do a good job! After 2 months of brushing while lying down, you can come back to this post and start brushing the way I am describing here.

a) brush the outside surface of the teeth while he bites his teeth together. (this is the side touching the inside of his cheeks) using up and down circular motions.

b) brush the chewing surface of his teeth using straight back and forth motions.

c) brush the inside surface of his teeth (this is the side his tongue and roof of his mouth touches) using up and down circular motions.
***I’m not a fan of timers when it comes to YOU brushing your child’s teeth. You must cover all the surfaces of the teeth, and be thorough. How long this takes, depends on a lot of things. So just be sure to do all sides, take your time, and be thorough!!

Make A Big Deal:

All Done:

Caving to his protests not only means a yucky mouth, but it also means, he’s being trained to get what he wants by “throwing down!”

3 Child Cavity Bad Guys

Since you now know the process for keeping your preschooler’s teeth clean, it will also be great for you to know the three worst cavity culprits, so you can be on guard for these bad guys!

1. Chips, crackers, and starchy foods will cause cavities quicker than a skittle! Water-soluble candy, like skittles, wash away with saliva, chips, do not! Anytime you give your preschooler candy OR starchy snacks, require him to sit down, eat a handful, and then be done. Do not let him munch on these things over long periods of time.

2. Juice and soda are the worst. I mean, really just. the. worst! The same rules apply here as do for chips and crackers. If you allow him to have juice or soda, sit him down, have it with a meal and that’s it. Never let him carry it around. You’ll be saying, “please, cavities, won’t you come live in my child’s mouth?” if you do.

3. Don’t let him brush on his own. He can’t do a good job. Not good enough to prevent cavities. He just can’t. Let him practice, but it’s up to you to keep his mouth healthy!

Correctly Brushing Your Child’s Teeth Is Worth It

There. Do you feel totally empowered? You should.

You can literally save your family thousands of dollars on dental bills with a little bit of tooth brushing vigilance and determination! I gave you the 15 steps you need to know how to brush your preschooler’s teeth and the 3 things that are most likely to cause them!

I know it may seem like a lot, but the truth is, it takes a lot to keep him cavity-free! Brushing and flossing FOR HIM, teaching him how to spit and hold the toothbrush, and the importance of it all, make it likely for him to make it through childhood without a single cavity, as my 4 have done.

Take these 15 steps for how to brush your preschooler’s teeth and do them! You’ll be glad you did.

Hi there! I'm Mama Duck,

I'm a stay-at-home/work-at-home, homeschooling Mama of 4 beautiful kiddos, wife to my loving husband, Parenting Coach, Speaker, and Writer. I adore the sound of my children's giggles, that first sip of hot coffee, and a snuggly blanket fresh out of the dryer. Here on Faithful Parenting, my heart is to equip mamas with the skills, knowledge, and biblical wisdom to raise fantastic kids and build a tethered family!