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everything i try ti brush my two yrs olds teeth he screams && hates it... does anyone know what i can to be able to change that i need help.. i dont want his teeth to be all nasty cause he doesnt allow me to brush them! HELP PLZ!!!

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Jacki - posted on 08/10/2010

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My 1 yr old daughter hates it to, i make a game out of it, i give her the brush and i have mine aswell and we sing and dance and make funny foamy faces, i let her do it in the bath so there isnt much of a mess i sometimes even let her try to brush mine then while she is occupied i try and do hers. All kids seem to go by the monkey see monkey do quote, if they see you doing it then chances are they will try it to. good luck and i hope this helps

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Try the colored mouthwash and play a game with it... have them see how much color they can get off by themselves before you help out... Cuz the color only sticks to where they need brushed... it has worked wonders for a friend of mine

Amanda - posted on 08/10/2010

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we pretend my 2 yr old has monkeys in his mouth, and we have to get them out before he goes to bed. He has to tell me where they are and then I brush them out. Sometimes he tells me he has farm animals in there, or he'll tell me he has whatever he's had for tea in his teeth. This works 9 times out of 0 for us.

Anna - posted on 08/10/2010

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when I had to help raise my neice we went through the same thing. I got her one of those musical tooth brushes and made it into a fun activity. I would let her do the brushing at first and then I would ask if I could help I made her feel like she was the expert as if she was teaching me how to brush teeth I would also brush mine along with her to make her feel more at ease. I hope this helps good luck!

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Carla - posted on 08/28/2010

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Maybe the toothpaste hurts her teeth. I have to use sensidine on my teeth, maybe you need to find a toothpaste for sensitive teeth. Whitening toothpastes actualy weaken your teeth, so I would find one that is Just sensitive!! You also might try using lukewarm water. ( cold water might hurt )

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thank you guys so much.. ima try some of the things you guys have advice me hopefully it'll help some out. wish me luck.

Tasha - posted on 08/16/2010

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dont know if you have tried it yet but try a diffrent toothpaste. my son hates the one for infants and we were told by his peds to try a kids toothpaste. but check with your dr if the toothpaste has floride

LaToya - posted on 08/16/2010

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Shawnda is right. My 15mo watches me brush my teeth everyday and when I had her her toothbrush, she puts it in her mouth and moves it around. I go behind her and brushes them again but she's learning by watching me do it. Try that and it may work. If you let him stand on a step stool and watch himself in the mirror while he does it, that may help, too.

Shawnda - posted on 08/16/2010

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why dont you brush your teeth and have him watch you thats how children learn from the examples set by the parent what hes probably thinking is that he dont see mommy brushing her teeth why should he so set the example make it a daily task to share together

Neha Arora - posted on 08/16/2010

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Hi
I faced the same problem.I started brushing my teeth with him..He loves copying me and for few seconds i engage him into some toy or a story and try to quickly clean his teeth once.And also tell him by his Friends names that he lets his mother clean his teeth so well so all the germs are now away from him and they r now in your mouth..Moms just trying to send them away..
Keep trying..You will succeed soon.Also try a good fruit flavour paste.
neha

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Why not let him do it, without tooth paste of course. Also are you using a soft bristled brush? My husband hated brushing his until I bought him a soft one (he didn't even know they existed).

Lindsay L - posted on 08/15/2010

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try to let him or her do it. If they can do it they might think it won't be so bad. Or have them watch you do it first. then they might want to try brushing there teeth.

Tara - posted on 08/15/2010

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try an electric toothbrush. my daughter loves it and actually is excited to brush her teeth. the new challenge is her letting me help. :)

Laura - posted on 08/15/2010

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my 2 yearold daughter cant get enough of brushing her teeth after i let her pick out her own toothbrush and she always seems to pick the 'littlebear' kiddies safe to swallow toothpaste,she loves the taste haha, i let her brush all on her own while i brush mine then when im done making her giggle with my foamy mouth i ask her to say AHHHhh so i can makesure theres no dinner left in there and she does i tell her 'OHH NO u still have some salad in there!! u want mummy to help get it out??!' shes all for it. i also get her to say CHEESE! like shes getting her picture taken to get her teeth together and to look up at the ceiling so i can make sure i got everything i give her a quik brush and she gets her toothbrush back so she can 'Finish' now its hard to keep her out of the bathroom always wanting to brush her teeth.
ohh i also sang the song earnie from sesame street sings when he brushes his teeth its short and simple, "brush your teeth Shhh SHHH shhs SHHH you brush your teeth" now shes sings it when she wants to brush, i hope this helps and goodluck and yes watch out for your lil one tearing the bristles out of the brush! lol

Kylie - posted on 08/14/2010

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i sing that you brush your teeth song with my son (20months) and sometimes i sing that tombliboo teeth song from in the night garden

Jennifer - posted on 08/14/2010

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My two year old was the same way, when we brush his teeth I let him do it first and then I will do it, when he wont let me then I tell him that he will get cavitys if they do not get brushed and if that happens he can no longer have any candy. That so far has worked

Tamara - posted on 08/14/2010

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my 2 year old likes to brush his teeth. i get him to let me brush them first, and then he does them. he likes his independence. now we do our teeth at the same time, and i make sure he does them properly. good luck

Jessica - posted on 08/14/2010

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it proberly sounds bad but i let my two year old twins play with their tooth brushes in the bath they know wat they are for then i put toothpaste on and help them brush there teeth i also brush mine at the samne time so they get the idea

Christine - posted on 08/14/2010

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i had the same issue wen my oldest was lil, i just let her play around the toothbrush in the bath, i didnt use tooth paste to start with. just let her play with it, then just gradualy asked if i cld help her do her and she cld help me do mine and so on.

Angela - posted on 08/14/2010

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we have a toothbrush that flashes a light to let you know how long to brush. my son thinks its a great game to see how much froth he can make from the toothpaste before the light stops. sometimes he'll brush teeth properly, others he'll let me do it and sometimes he'll just chew the toothbrush till he's sucked off all the paste. he thinks its great fun to brush his teeth at the same time as mum and dad. make it part of morning and bedtime routine and work up slowly. if you can get him to put paste on brush and put it in his mouth it's a great start. have you tried using a reward chart? i find they work great when teaching new skills. they work brill for somekids, although others are not so bothered. hope that helps. good luck.

Christi - posted on 08/14/2010

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i use the toddler toothpaste off the baby isle and sing the teeth song. my son loves it and is even trying to do it on his own now.

Ashley - posted on 08/13/2010

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I agree with Jacki, my son did really well and then he kicked and screamed he didnt want to do it. I think it tickles him in a way he does not understand so i laugh while i help him and say does that tickle and he calms down a little bit. Him watching me and helping me brush mine seams to make him want to do it too...

Crystal - posted on 08/13/2010

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My son is 15 months and only has 4 teeth, but we've been brushing his gums since he was at least 8 months old. I think starting early really helped, but a fun toothpaste will make it enjoyable, too. We started with strawberry/banana, and now we're on bubble gum. But don't push him. It's important for him to learn to get his teeth brushed, but you'll only make him hate it more, or give him a complex.

Sara - posted on 08/13/2010

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try getting the mouthwash for kids that changes their teeth blue or green then let him brush the color off, & tell him that the blue/green means his teeth are dirty...make a game of it. Then maybe he'll like playing the game and want to brush them often...Once he brushes them "clean" get some other kids mouthwash that doesnt change colors and let him swish that around and say "wow you did a really good job, see it didnt turn blue...they must be all clean! "

Bridget - posted on 08/13/2010

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You can try the finger brushes, my one year old twins love having their teeth brushed with that but hate the regular tooth brush, they actually fight over the finger brush ;)

Aj - posted on 08/13/2010

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i gave my son his toothbrush in the bath, so he got used to having it, and within a week he was using it. now i can't get it off him!

Alexis - posted on 08/13/2010

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i taught my kids to brush there own (more or less they just chew on the toothbrush) but what i do is i have two little girls a 2 year old and a 1 year old and i used to take showers with them everynight and i brush my teeth in the shower so they always saw me doing it so i bought other toothbrushes and would give them those (so they didnt fight over mine) and they just memicked my movements once i noticed they had caught on i bought some kids toothbrushes to make it easier for them and started adding toothpaste everyonce in a while (my oldest dont like it when i do that) but now both my kids will at least half way brush their teeth them selfs.

learn by exsample consept has worked really well for me

Ashley - posted on 08/13/2010

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My niece does the same thing, if you can get one of the toothbrushes that plays music while you are brushing it makes it a lot more fun. Take him to the store and let him pick a song that he likes and he might find it fun. :)

Vonda - posted on 08/13/2010

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Pretty much what everyone else says. However, my daughter allows my husband and my dad to brush her teeth with no problems. Maybe someone else trying would help.

Catie - posted on 08/13/2010

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try to have him do it first. sometimes they just want to be independent. mine hate it when i brush theres so i either tell them to brush first or that they can do it after im done. makes them feel better

Wynter - posted on 08/12/2010

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Get his favorite character tooth brush and try telling him that whoever the character is brushes his teeth and thinks it's fun!! They also have light up tooth brushes for toddlers that lights up until you are done and it makes it fun for them!! Those ideas worked with my son, and he is a very stubborn little boy, lol!!

Jana - posted on 08/12/2010

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oh also, remind them that brushing your teeth is the only time mommy says its okay to spit! :)

Jana - posted on 08/12/2010

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i like to sing the brush-up song. have you seen grease? "brush up brush up brush up, use the new ipana, new ipana tooth paste, its candy for your teeth." i don't know if that's exactly how it goes, but that's how i sing it. we brush up and down to the beat. it makes it a little more fun and less of a chore.

Danielle - posted on 08/12/2010

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It could be that the bristles tickle his mouth. My five year old tells me that sometimes. Have you tried brushing your teeth with him? Or maybe letting him pick out his own toothbrush and toothpaste. I hear that, that is a good way to get a child excited about something so *boring* as brushing your teeth. I hope that you find something that works for you. :)

Jamie - posted on 08/12/2010

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Maybe just show him how to do it and let him try to learn to do it on his own. My daughter is 2 1/2 and I let her do it by herself. Of course I help her some b/c she isn't going to do it exactly right but the fact that she thinks she can do it on her own is exciting to her. Also she has a tooth brush that lights up and she brushes her teeth until the light goes off.

Sarah - posted on 08/12/2010

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I think all kids go through this stage. I let them brush their teeth first and then I tell them I have to do it too just to make sure all the teeth are clean. It worked for my kids. Good Luck!

Jodi - posted on 08/12/2010

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My daughter gets to brush to her baby doll's teeth while I brush her teeth. OR, sometimes she'll brush her own teeth then I take a turn brushing them properly. She still doesn't like it, but at least she doesn't cry and scream anymore. I just have to make sure I do it fast and good! I always make her smile when we're done and ooh and awww over her beautiful white teeth.
It also helps to let them brush your teeth(with a brush that doesn't enter their mouth!!!!! That's how you spread the germs that make cavities) or let them see you brush your teeth on a regular basis. Good luck!

Gretchen - posted on 08/12/2010

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What i did with my nephew is i let him brush my teeth then i brushed his.. good luck

Tiree - posted on 08/12/2010

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We used to have the same fuss with our 2 1/2 year old. Now I sit her on my lap and say teeth together demonstrating and she does this so I clean the front. Then we open our mouth like a crocodile and I clean inside her teeth on both sides. We then redo this process. After the brushing we sing the song "Brush my teeth" and then we rinse. My daughter now look forward to teeth time and races to the bathroom! Hope this helps xox

Tiffany - posted on 08/12/2010

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i think they all hate it even my daughters dentist said her daughter makes it seem like they are killing her. (yes my 17 month old daughter goes to the dentist) but what ive found is if u have someone to help u when they get out of the bath wrapp the towel all around them especially their arms, have the other person sit on the toilet seat and hold them while u brush try to just get all the teeth but fast. hopefully thatll help you.

Shana - posted on 08/12/2010

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When we started brushing our children's teeth,they hated it. They are 35 months and 22 months. So after a week of struggle last year, we let our son pick out the toothpaste and toothbrush. then when my daughter got her teeth in, we let her pick her toothbrush as well. We practically have no problem at all with it but before, they hated it. In fact now we have to chase them out of the bathroom cause that is all they want to do is brush their teeth

Valerie - posted on 08/12/2010

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My son did the same thing so my husband made up a song for him. We also let him brush his teeth a lot till he got used to it!

Stephanie - posted on 08/12/2010

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O goodness I have the exact same problem. My 3 year old hates brushing his teeth. I dont understand it because he used to love it. We've tried everything, like letting him pick out fun new toothbrushes and toothpaste and trying to make games out of it and nothing seemed to work. He now has a front tooth that has a big cavity. I was worried and honestly embarrassed that my young child already had bad teeth, so since then I have started holding him down and brushing his teeth while he screams and crys. I know how terrible that sounds but it needs to be done and hopefully this phase stops soon and he will start being ok with brushing again. Good luck sista!!!

Laura - posted on 08/12/2010

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My daughter has been using Stage One toothbrushes with Winnie the Pooh characters on them since she got her first two teeth at 7 months. I use a natural, fluoride free toothpaste (tastes like apple) and she quite happily will brush her teeth now 4 times a day all on her own! (she's 22 months) Make a game out of it, show it's ok when you brush your teeth.

Ashley - posted on 08/12/2010

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try buying a spin brush and mabey new tooth past let him do it him self at first then finish up your self if u need to. That works with mine any way good luck

Jordan - posted on 08/12/2010

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give him the toothbrush and take ur own and dance and brush then he'll want to do wat ur doing and realise that the toothbrush isnt sumthing to be afraid of... it worked for me

Jelyn - posted on 08/11/2010

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Just let him brush his own teeth let him be the one who wants to! my almost two yeear old hated it until i just gave it to him and let him do it and he brushes his teeth pretty good now

Sarah - posted on 08/11/2010

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My little man did the same thing at 2, i used to have to pin him down but i felt awful because he found it all very tramatizing. I used to let him brush his own teeth at breakfast and lunch time and then my husband or i would do the bedtime one. I used to just reassure him that I would be gentle and talk soothingly to him while i did it. I asked him to show me where his teeth are and to be a "big helper". Now he loves brushing his teeth and is pretty cooperative when i do it too. He will be 3 in november. Good luck!

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I brushed my teeth in fron t of my son and of course he was curious so I gave him his toothbrush with toothpaste and let him imitate me. He brushes his teeth and when he is "done" I go over it quickly.

If she can pick her own toothbrush at the store and help you pick the toothpaste, she might be more interested... You never know, an Elmo toothbrush could save you the hassle

Michelle - posted on 08/11/2010

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I started early with my son...as soon as he could follow me into the bathroom (even though daddy was sposed to be giving me time to get ready in the morning) he would sit there at my legs and watch me brush my teeth and hair. I would brush his hair too and he got a great kick out of it. Then I began letting him chew on a baby toothbrush during teething episodes so I could kill two birds with one stone. Once he was old enough to walk, he would giggle when I brushed my teeth, so I would do a quick brush on his teeth too and he still loves it. He especially loves smacking his lips with the lil bit of toothpaste still in there!

Becci - posted on 08/11/2010

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Just give him the brush, put a little bit of toothpaste on it and let him do it until he becomes comfortable with allowing you to give them a better clean. They may not clean them properly but at least they are doin something to them. My son is 2 as well and he hates me doin it for him he likes to do it himself so i just leave him to it and every couple of days i say mummy's turn, dont force him because it will just make situations worse

Emma - posted on 08/11/2010

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i've just gotten my 14mth old her own adult sized ultra soft (sensitive) toothbrush. She has her own kids one too but she loves playing with ours so now she has her own to take out of the drawer at any time to chew on and do as she likes, just keep an eye that they dont try to bite out the bristles! good luck darl.

Rebecca - posted on 08/10/2010

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My daughter was the same! I turned it into a game and pretended to brush my teeth with her toothbrush first, making lots of funny noises and faces as I did. I would then hold it out to her and ask her if it was her turn. She wanted to know what all the fuss was and opened right up. Sometimes we had to get dad in on the game. After a while she would do a bit of the brushing herself and then try to 'brush' mine (I kept my mouth closed so she only got lips) and I would take it from her at the end and quickly go over the rest she missed. It just takes time but making a game out of it and making a bit of a fool out of myself did the trick.

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