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Gah daily battle with teeth brushing

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alliemarg Sat 09-Jan-16 20:04:11

My daughter has always been reluctant to let us brush her teeth, she'll take the brush and chew it but hates us brushing. Now she's getting older (15 months) it's a flat out refusal with mouth clamped shut, kicking and pushing the brush away. It's almost impossible to force her thanks to the combination of all of that and I don't want it to spiral into hating teeth brushing as a result. Any tips/suggestions on how to make it better? I'm paranoid she'll have rotten teeth at this rate!

FusionChefGeoff Sat 09-Jan-16 20:05:29

We turned it round with an app - Aquafresh have a good one with a silly dancing man and she's only allowed to watch if teeth brushing is happening. Also times it to make sure you are doing long enough.

Good luck?

minipie Sat 09-Jan-16 22:00:27

15 months was a turning point for us. Started to play a game called "which animal is hiding in your mouth tonight" - chase imaginary animal around the teeth. Magical transformation. Might not work for yours but try different games and see if one of them catches her imagination.

alliemarg Sun 10-Jan-16 18:24:54

Super, thanks for the tips!

FusionChefGeoff Mon 11-Jan-16 00:19:21

Just remembered we also did 'shall we brush your tummy?' 'Shall we brush your nose?' Until he said 'no mummy, you brush my teeth!'

EasilyFreudened Mon 11-Jan-16 00:31:18

Fusion thanks for the suggestion...DS2(4) is still butting heads with us over teeth brushing. Even a trip to the dentist didn't work.

ODog Mon 11-Jan-16 06:59:15

My 19mo has si proved a bit since we got him a baby electric toothbrush for Xmas. Still not keen but not point blank refusing,

IfItIsntOkItIsntTheEnd Mon 11-Jan-16 07:02:30

At about that age we used to take turns - brush dc teeth, then brush soft toys teeth etc. Make as fun as possible . Try not to push too much, as better they don't start hating it any more than you can help!

Mimosa1 Tue 12-Jan-16 21:46:55

My daughter likes to "help" brush my teeth first. Perhaps that could help?

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