How to Make Brushing Teeth Easier for the Whole Family

See 3 simple, homemade crafts that make brushing teeth easy and fun for the whole family.

For the Family

1. Toothy Toolbox
Repurpose an old silverware tray into a toothbrush sorting station. Assign each member of the family a section, and let them store their brushes and floss in their slot. Wash the toolbox about once a week.

2. Dental Drawer Mat
If you do prefer to keep brushes, paste and floss handy but out of sight in a vanity drawer, you know what a sticky mess that creates. Make a dental "mess mat" to line the drawer! Remove it once a week or so and wipe it down.

Tooth-related pictures, stickers or cut-outs
Decorative details like glitter glue, markers or crayons
Construction paper
Plastic laminate contact paper


  1. Arrange pictures/cut-outs/stickers on construction paper and glue in place
  2. Accent with markers or glitter glue; your child can also write her name
  3. When dry, cut two pieces of laminate slightly larger than the construction paper
  4. Lay paper on one piece and place the other sheet of laminate on top
  5. Smooth out bubbles, and trim excess laminate

3. Customized Toothbrush Holders
Personalize each family member’s tooth-brushing station by creating personalized holders that match their personality.

Brushing Tips for Kids

  • Baby teeth should be cleaned as soon as they appear; you can use a clean, dampened cloth or piece of gauze.
  • Children can start using toothpaste as soon as they are old enough to not swallow it. Use a pea-sized dab on a soft-bristled brush with rounded ends.
  • A fun toothbrush designed especially for little hands and a toothpaste in a kid-pleasing flavour can inspire better brushing!
  • The recommended time for thorough brushing is three minutes. To make the time pass, choose a favourite song about that length and play it while brushing.

Tip: Be a good role model; whenever possible, do your brushing and flossing with your kids to show them that good dental care is a lifetime habit.

Learn more ideas for making brushing fun for kids in our guide.

Do you have any tips for maintaining dental health? Share them in the comments below!


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