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Kids Toothbrushing Essentials to Trick Your Toddler Into Thinking It’s the Most Fun

Toothbrushing and toddlers are not a perfect pair, but toddlers and super-cool toddler toothbrushes, toothpastes, timers, and more of the best kids toothbrushing essentials out there? Now that’s a match made in heaven. Although it may indeed be easier to fold 1,000 paper cranes while skydiving than to get a toddler to put a brush in their mouth and move it around (in my experience this involves a wrestling match, bribery, whispered promises of Disneyland, tears, and cursing), you can’t really blame the poor kiddos. Toothbrushing isn’t fun. But it can be, with the help of the best kids toothbrushing essentials.

Whether your kid is a baby, a toddler, or heading off to college, there are some things that just plain make toothbrushing seem like the most fun thing ever. Seriously. And since dentist’s visits aren’t exactly a priority in COVID times, you can take your toddler’s oral hygiene habits into your own hands to make sure they don’t wind up with a bunch of cavities once they do finally make it back into the dentist’s chair. One way to accomplish this? Make those two minutes twice a day a full-on event; blast their favorite song, have a dance party, hang a black light disco ball from your bathroom ceiling, whatever works.

If the thought of yet another night of yelling and trying to pry the toothbrush from their locked jaw has you thinking would it really be so bad if they skipped brushing? stop right there, because the answer is yes, it would be bad. But don’t panic. From toothpaste that makes plaque glow in the dark to a flossing care kit with sugar-free candy to mesmerizing toothbrushing timers and a kids water flosser you’ll want to use on yourself, we’ve rounded up all the kids dental essentials needed to trick your toddler into thinking toothbrushing time is the best time.

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