Tooth brushing(13 Posts)
Hello, I am new to Mnet
I am having a battle every morning and evening with my 2 year ds. He will not let me brush his teeth. Every time turns into a fight.
Any tips or advice out there?
My dd is exactly the same...she is 20 months.
We have always brushed from a young age to get her used to it and she used to let me do it after having a chew on the brush herself but we are now going through a phase where she will not let help at all.
The last thing i want to do is force it though and my dentist said also not to force it at this age...
I sometimes sneak a bit of a brush when she is asleep with a dry toothbrush just so she has had some form of teeth brushing.
I will be waiting for any tips on here i've not already tried..lol.
We have brushed from about 3 months.
This battle has started in the last few weeks. He may have his last molars coming through, don't want to put my finger in to see!! I may try an electric toothbrush to see if this makes it fun!
A couple of suggestions (but feel free to ignore!): just do it once a day, make it clear that this is not an option (some things are an option, some things aren't, this is one of the things that isn't), let your child choose a toothbrush (there are some fab ones out there that cover almost all super heroes for example), an electric toothbrush can be good for slightly older children (they need to have reasonable hand grasping to be able to handle it). Make it short, give clear instructions (they must do front and back etc). Take them to the dentist, get the dentist to reinforce your instructions (they won't do anything other than look at their teeth and give them a sticker for attending at this stage - and it's free!). Good luck! I had exactly the same but did force the issue and am glad that I did. He settled down quite quickly as he realized that this was not one of those negotiable things!
Thank you for the advice kw. I will be toothbrush shopping tomorrow!
Try a brush baby toothbrush which cleans while they chew. I would also ask my DS to help me to brush my teeth first, then he would then be keen to show me what a big boy he was and brush his own or let me brush them before we got a brush baby. Now he loves brushing his teeth and let's me go over them with a normal toothbrush every once in a while.
I also got a few different flavour toothpastes and let him choose which one he wants, normally it's the halo and horns strawberry one.
I got around this issue as my DD really liked numbers so I used to say to her I was using the brush as a tooth counter and we counted her teeth together with it. Also she likes playing doctors so I make her say 'aaahhhh' like she's at the doctors and I pretend to be the doctor. I think you have to find something DS likes and make it into a game connected to it.
I also let them choose their toothbrush.
Also if you can find a book with a character in it they like who goes to the dentist that helps, think it was a Maisy one I used.
Hope things improve for you
What we do with DS (23mo) is that in the morning he brushes his teeth himself. Then in the evening I brush them and that is non-negotiable. He does have a strop/cry in the evenings
sometimes most of the time but because he's crying he'll have his mouth open which helps I tend to slowly count to ten so that he knows that it will be over soon. That helps as when I've got to 3 or 4 he's usually stopped crying. Then afterwards I give him the toothbrush to have another go himself.
a good game to play is <gasp> "what's that I can see at the back of your mouth? open wide? YOU HAVE A LION IN YOUR MOUTH! QUICK! Let's brush that naughty lion away!" roar, roar, roar, brush brush brush. and repeat for the top, the sides, the front etc. ds1 likes fire engines, trains, airplanes, elephants etc etc. doesn't always work but maybe once a week or so!
we talk a lot about teeth being strong and clean. and how crocodiles brush their teeth.
Going to try these tips. Thank you for your tips
We sang a silly song which was just about long enough to get round all his teeth "brush brush this a way, brush brush that a way, brush brush every way, my oh my,... brush brush up and down, brush brush all around brush brush all is done, my oh my!"
He loved it and would open his mouth for the song, and very soon didn't need a song to carry on brushing.
We had this with DD when she was 2 and it's now stopped (she's 3.5). I alternated between getting cross, telling her the dentist wouldn't be pleased if she stopped brushing her teeth (this helped, maybe she's got a healthy respect for non-parental authority) and also used a compact mirror to show her what it looked like when we brushed her teeth - she loved this. We even bought her a nasty Hello Kitty toothbrush with flashing lights...
But like most things with children, it worked itself out, her teeth are still all intact and not decaying black stubs and it now seems like a dim and distant memory.
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