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Children, like adults, should brush their teeth for 2 minutes twice a day. There are fun, child-friendly brushing timers online to have next to the sink for your child to be guided how long they should brush for. Or there are plenty of 2-minute videos online that you can play on your phone or tablet whilst your child brushes – encouraging them to keep brushing for the right amount of time.

And if you don’t have online access – here is a nursery rhyme to sing to them whist they brush – singing through twice lasts for approximately 2-minutes:

The Toothbrush Song

(To the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”)

Brush, brush, brush your teeth
Brush them every day.
We put toothpaste on our brush
To help stop tooth decay.

Floss, floss, floss your teeth.
Floss them every day!
Using the string to clean between
Keeps the plaque away!

Clean, clean, clean your teeth.
Clean them every day!
Your teeth will sparkle for years to come
In the most beautiful way!

Brush, brush, brush your teeth.
Brush them every day!
Happy, healthy teeth you’ll have
If it’s done this way.

Find more useful toothbrushing tips in our resources section.