Having a hard time getting my 2 year old to brush his teeth...Any suggestions?

Bertina - posted on 05/09/2012 ( 22 moms have responded )

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Hi there (: I'm having a hard time getting my 2 year old to brush his teeth...Any suggestions?

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Elfrieda - posted on 05/11/2012

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You should be brushing his teeth at that age. I always kind of pin my son down on the bed and we brush for two verses of "Old MacDonald Had a Farm". He gets a break from brushing to choose what goes on the farm. Sometimes it's a rooster, sometimes it's a Daddy. (daddy makes a popping noise, btw!)

Mellissa - posted on 06/12/2012

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I made up a song. "When you wake up in the morning what do we do? We brush our teeth chachacha!! And after our bath what do we do? We brush our teeth chachacha!" my daughter loves it. Plus we brush our teeth together. I have to help her a bit! Also toothpaste & toothbrush with their favorite tv character helps!! Good luck!

Felicity - posted on 06/11/2012

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Hi Bertina,

With my two little ones, I got them to choose the toothbrush they wanted (my son chose wiggles and my daughter chose a princess one) and we brush all brush our teeth whilst we are having a shower. My kids love the water and the shower and so it is just another thing for them to do after washing themselves. I let them gave a go first whilst I brush my teeth and show them how to brush and then I brush their teeth with them. It may be worth a try.

I also agree with the one of the earlier posts that you may need to experiment with different brands find a flavor your child likes. My two only like 1 brand so I have just stuck to that one now. Good luck. :-)

Sarah - posted on 06/07/2012

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I have never had a big problem with my girls brushing but its more of a problem how they brush so i have to get in there and help... they dont like that so much but my older one which just turned 2 in feb is going threw this phase of liking to pretend she is a baby....ahhaha yah...dont ask... so i will pretend she is a baby and hold her like a baby and brush her teeth and tell her how to open her mouth and stick out her tongue so mommy can brush the babies teeth....ahhahaha

Kristen - posted on 05/30/2012

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Try using a childrens vibrating toothbrush. At first he/she will probably just suck on it but just keep brushing your teeth together...your toddler will get it. When he/she finally does, you will still have to remind them to keep at it. I said brush, brush, brush to my son when he got sidetracked. You also can get a video/cartoon about brushing your teeth....something fun. Good luck. PS. maybe your child doesn't like the flavor tooth paste. try something else.

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Amanda - posted on 06/09/2012

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I 'let' my son brush his teeth. I tell him what a good job he's done and try to encourage him, then I brush his teeth real quick.

Sarah - posted on 06/09/2012

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i also gave my girls a toothbrush really early, before they had teeth. they would just chomp on it too. until later you can teach them the idea of brushing.

Bethany - posted on 06/09/2012

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my son was sooooooo in to the wiggles and god f*ing bless them they have a toothpaste and tooth brushes so guess what he uses, also i gave him a baby toothbrush when he was teething with his molars and let him have it ANY time he wanted so it was chewed to bits and usually he does his teeth in the bath, only downside is he tries to rinse with the bath water yuck!!

what ever you do try n make it fun even if you hafta hold him down tickle him to open his mouth n if he bites down tickle him again? or bribe with a treat every time he does it or lets you do it stickers work wonders....

GOOD LUCK!!

Shilo - posted on 05/31/2012

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I know my brother got the toothpaste that changes colors any my niece and nephew loved that.

Christy - posted on 05/30/2012

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I was having the same problem with my daughter (20 months old). I finally took my toothbrush and let her "brush" my teeth, then it was my turn to brush her teeth. Totally worked!!! We did this for a few days and she hasn't battled me about brushing her teeth since.

Jason - posted on 05/16/2012

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I just brush with my son. we both pick up our toothbrushes and i put toothpaste on his and then on mine, then i tell him to do what i do, then we both just brush at the same time.

at least that works for my little one.

Kym - posted on 05/15/2012

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My son has an electric toothbrush. I also let him do his own teeth while I brush mine, then I do his for him. The dental actually suggested to me to let him brush my teeth while I brush his...so that he is distracted enough to let me brush his good!

Michelle - posted on 05/13/2012

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My son is doing the same thing. I have to hold him down and do the best I can to brush as good as I can. I am hoping he will grow out of it. I don't want him to associate oral hygiene to bad thoughts. But he is a dear for the dentist. He opens up and loves the fluoride treatments. Weird. He is 2 by the way. Good luck. I know it can be irritating just do the best you can and try as many different things as possible. He is my second Child so things need done I don't have time to plea with him so holding him down works for me

Bertina - posted on 05/11/2012

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I actually do brush his teeth. Daddy usually have to help me but it works i just wish he wouldn't fight us so much. When he was younger he would let us but now it's a struggle lol

Bertina - posted on 05/10/2012

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Thank you Amy and Donna(: I'm so afraid that his teeth are gonna go bad even if they are his baby teeth he has such a beautiful smile and i wanna keep it that way. I wanna make a appointment to the dentist for him but i know he would'nt sit still

Donna - posted on 05/09/2012

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I found reading books about teeth brushing real helps as well brushing ur teeth songs and type in teeth brushing in google and u will get lots of videos. Explaining how if they dont brush then there teeth will get booboos and u dont want that. let them pick their toothbrush and toothpaste get them excited about the flavors as for the elertric toothbrush my daughter hated the vibration and noise but other kids like them so go cheap if you going to try them.

Amy - posted on 05/09/2012

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We sing the ABC's at least twice. I let my daughter brush first with the toothpaste and then I brush second. Our dentist has told us that we don't even need the toothpaste we just need to get along the gum line and make sure that there is no food there.

Katherine - posted on 05/09/2012

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Well there goes that idea! Just get some gauze and put some toothpaste on it and rub it over his teeth. OR start singing songs, we do that. "Brusha brusha brusha!" LOL.

Bertina - posted on 05/09/2012

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@Katherine...I actually went out and bought him a Spongebob electic toothbrush and he thinks its a toy lol he likes the vibration but a little scared to put it in his mouth even when its off

Katherine - posted on 05/09/2012

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Electric toothbrush! They love those things. My 3 year old STILL fights me on it and I have yet to buy her one, but everyone I know with a toddler has one and they love it.

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