How do you get your 2 year old to brush teeth?

Lisa - posted on 05/28/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )




I can't get my toddler to brush his teeth. I used to do it for him but now, only a few months from his 2nd birthday, he fights and fusses and fits when I try to do it for him. He likes the tooth brush and asks for it, but then brushes for about 2 seconds and then uses it as a bat or drum stick or hair brush or back scratch-er.

Any tips? I don't want his little teeth rotting out of his head and I fear that fighting him will discourage him.


Kathryn - posted on 05/29/2011




Get your son a fun electric toothbrush. Get his favorite color or character.

Set a musical timer for two minutes so that children will get in the habit of brushing for the recommended length of time.

Read stories with characters that love tooth brushing, or put on a puppet show with a character demonstrating proper teeth brushing. Let him "brush" his stuffed animals teeth.

Use a reward system. A sticker after every successful brushing is very fun.


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Rebekah - posted on 06/04/2011




I have 2 tooth brushes for my son - one for him to try and brush with and play with... and the other for me to brush his teeth. I make say "ahhhh" and I make funny noises while I brush his teeth. The more fun you make it, the more he'll want to do it. My son is 2-1/2 and is now starting to brush his own teeth - but I still do a quick brush with him just to make sure he gets those back teeth.

Jacey - posted on 06/04/2011




my son went through this kind of phase and we had to fight with him like crazy, i thought brushing his teeth was going to scar him for life the way he used to scream, then i bought him an electric toothbrush, they have character ones and now they have ones that come with stickers he can decorate himself. my son loves the electric one, and even if he's struggling with me a little it's still moving around in his mouth so i don't feel like he's not getting a good brush. anyway i usually lay him down on my bed and tell him "it's mommy's turn" and he let's me brush them and then i let him do it after for as long as he wants, he loves it now! also we had to sit with him in the bathroom for a while in the mirror and i would brush mine and he would do his and then i'd really brush his once he'd warmed up to the idea, you could try that.

Karen - posted on 05/29/2011




i let my son lay on my bed and look at a book while i do his. i can see better when he's laying down and the light is shining on them. the book keeps him distracted long enough for me to do a good clean then i let him do his own

Kimberly - posted on 05/29/2011




i found that the way that works for me is to stand behind my daughter and brush looking into the mirror. I do it first then let her brush herself. Try singing silly songs like ' brush your teeth cha-cha-cha or this is the way we brush our teeth. Try a star chart with him everytime he lets you brush his teeth he gets a star, he does morning brush you do evening brush. i also let my daughter watch me brush my teeth really showing how i want her to do it hope that helps a little

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