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Help. Advice needed. My dd2 is refusing teeth brushing

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midwifeandmum Thu 27-Mar-14 14:29:37

Can any one help. My 2 year old wont allow me to beush her teeth. Ive noticed a wee bit of yellow discolouration on some teeth but I dont want to force her and hurt her.

TeenageMutantNinjaTurtle Fri 28-Mar-14 13:53:58

My DH found that holding our dd upside down on his knee would make her laugh and open her mouth. She is then happy to have her teeth cleaned as long as she remains upside down. Its quite tedious but I agree its non-negotiable. Prior to the upside down thing, I would regularly find myself straddling her as she lay on the floor, holding her hands above her head with one hand and brushing her teeth with the other. It was miserable for both of us.

Might investigate electric toothbrushes and iPhone apps!!

SaltyandSweet Fri 28-Mar-14 14:18:51

must get aqua fresh app!! My 2.8 year old is a nightmare every morning and every night but like everyone else here, teeth cleaning is really really non negotiable. So I restrain and do my best whilst he screams blue murder. I sing tooth cleaning songs (entirely, embarrassingly made up) and am super cheerful through this ordeal. He is not impressed! On the bright side, my just turned 5 year old will whinge a bit but will cooperate fully so hopefully there is light at the end of this loooong tunnel grin

midwifeandmum Fri 28-Mar-14 16:07:31

thanks for all the advice. Ive changed her toothbrush to peppa pig and that seems to of helped.

midwifeandmum Fri 28-Mar-14 16:09:45

Pmsl at the restraining. with dd1 whos 5, I used to wrap her in bath towel like a baby to brush her teeth.

PurplePotPlant Fri 28-Mar-14 16:18:16

Am also in the non-negotiable camp. Bought The Tooth Fairy by Audrey Wood which helped encourage brushing (has a bit about 'Hall of Perfect Teeth') but otherwise succeed via a combination of pinning him down and making him laugh to get his mouth open.

Do hope he gets better soon though, its hard work...

JustBreath Fri 28-Mar-14 16:26:36

Gosh I felt like it was just my 2 year old DD2 that was a pain in the ass when it came to brushing teeth. She has her own brush which she will just munch to pieces instead of actually brushing, then I come along with another brush and brush her teeth properly. It worked for a little while but now she just screams. DS1 was great at that age. Same process, he showed me his skills then I finished it off for him. Perfect team work. Must try that app tonight!

Bananapud Fri 28-Mar-14 16:31:56

I showed DS (3) pictures of rotten teeth on google images and told him that's what happens if you don't brush your teeth. Never had an issue since that.

Beccawoo Sun 30-Mar-14 21:43:31

Electric toothbrush def worked here. Maybe different flavoured toothpaste may encourage it too? I do mine at the same time and tell ds he has to brush his as long as I do. Then I check and have a quick brush of them myself too!

FanFuckingTastic Sun 30-Mar-14 21:45:40

Pinning down in a towel was the only way to get through the tantrums with my daughter. Hated it, but clean teeth were really important. She knew that. It was easier with an electric toothbrush that sang music she liked.

rootypig Sun 30-Mar-14 21:57:08

So glad we're not alone. I welcome the screaming, truly, it makes the brushing so much easier. I dread the day she decides protest is secondary and clamps her mouth shut - though given her personality and her mother, that day may never come grin

ReallyTired Sun 30-Mar-14 22:02:00

Teeth brushing just has to be done. I was soft on my son and he ended up with fillings in his baby teeth. Infact he had to have a tooth extracted. The amount of suffering was far more than if I had pinned down a sobbing child at the age of two. Thankfully he has no filling in his adult teeth.

There are some great tips on this thread.

BeCool Mon 31-Mar-14 09:46:34

Aquafresh Ap is brilliant & working a treat with my 2. grin

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