My toddler makes brushing his teeth impossible: Advice?

My son will be two in February, and he makes brushing his teeth impossible. Flailing and screaming, turning his head, clenching his teeth, and even throwing himself on the floor. I’ve tried having him brush with me and copy what I do, but he just imitates the motion without putting the brush in his mouth. I’ve even tried the finger toothbrushes; he now bites my finger and fusses with those now. I’m at a complete loss. TIA


My 2 year old is like this too. I distract her by asking her to point to her body parts while I’m brushing. But it sounds like an exorcism more often than not :woman_facepalming:t2:

Get a fun toothbrush

Change the flavor of toothpaste!!! Helped so much with mine

Do they still make the tooth brushes that sing? Maybe try that!

Are you using child tooth paste? Mine like the strawberry and watermelon flavour

I legit straddle my kid. Lol she is getting better at just letting me do it. It only took a few times of me forcing it on her. I always tell her she will thank me later. P.s. my dentist suggested this.

Such sweet little angels :innocent: lmao toddlers are like demons :smiling_imp: I love mine and they are so much fun but man I swear sometimes doing anything is a challenge I’ve got no advice on this. Just make sure you take them to the dentist for checkups there is even a coating (sealant) they can put on to help prevent cavities. Thats what I did for my nephew

My daughter loves blippi so I played her this song, lots!:rofl: she’s now 2.5 and enjoys brushing her teeth and actually finds it exciting. I got nice tasting toothpaste too and a fun toothbrush

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My son is 2, he loves brushing his teeth. He has a penguin toothbrush and kids toothpaste that he loves the taste of a little too much.
I let him brush his teeth while I brush mine and when I’m done he’ll normally let me help him.

I had the same problem. But I found a song on youtube called brushy brush. Its Elmo singing and now she lets me brush them. Maybe that might help.

“Alexa, play the brush your teeth song”


I have the same problem mines 14 months and has a proper screaming fit when im brushing his ill let him have the brush after but he just bites the toothbrush :see_no_evil: i have to wrap him in a towel to get them done properly :see_no_evil:

Try a baby sonic toothbrush. Amazon has lots! There’s some with lights and my son thinks that’s the coolest. He’ll literally take it from me to do it himself; and the best part is, it does most of the work! We also sing a “Brush Your Teeth” song! Find some online and either play it while brushing, or sing it yourself!

I got my son a step, and I make it fun when it comes time to brush his teeth. I tell him let’s go brush our teeth and then he’s running to the bathroom and steps on his step. I sing to him while he’s playing with the handles of the faucet.

Letting him pick out a favorite character toothbrush might help

Don’t make a huge deal abt it. At first it’s more abt developing the habit. just stay consistent, do daily with him and rather than brushing his teeth have him sit still in some way, maybe in your kitchen sink so you can bring the highchair over or if no obstacles bring highchair into bathroom.
When he’s still, simply say it’s time to brush teeth give to him the brush(with or without toothpaste, your choice at first) while your scrubbing yours see how he does with the brush by himself. Most likely he’ll just chew it, throw it, drum with it… Whatever he does, just keep calmly correcting it as you pay more of your attention to your own brushing. It’ll take awhile before he catches on. Don’t expect it in 1 day. How long depends on your little individual. Once he’s copying you start to really show him how to spit, try into a cup if he can’t reach sink bc of highchair. And I’d honestly not take the chair away until he’s got the routine of it down, but that’s up to you.

I have to use 2 toothbrushes with my youngest. One for her to brush with and one for me to use, then we take turns brushing her teeth. So much easier cuz my daughter never wanted to let go of her own toothbrush. Good luck momma!

Mine love the kids electric/ battery operated tooth brush.

I would always be super exciting and high five and when rinsing I would let him have fun with the water. I used to get mad when my 2 yo wouldn’t let me brush them. But now he wants to because I play with him and we get kind of messy with the water in a fun way. Qnd then high five and stuff.

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