how to make my son brushing teeth ?

Shieni - posted on 02/22/2012 ( 12 moms have responded )




i have a 20 months old son.

he doesnt like to brush teeth. every time i try to brush his teeth , he is keep running away & never want to open his mouth.

i see other people said, let him watch mom brushing teeth . but he never wants to copy me. i put nice flavour tooth paste. still doesnt want it. when i give him the toothbrush , he just play with it & scrub the carpet instead of put it in his mouth.

i try to show him video kids brushing teeth, show him picture books etc. but nothings works.

i am afraid his tooth will be damage .

please help.


Stephanie - posted on 02/25/2012




were are in exactly the same situation with our 21 month old daughter. we actully had a dentist appt yesturday & i expressed my concerns...this is what he said.... 1st of all dont force them (we sometime have to hold her on the floor because she will not ever brush her teeth!)...give her/him the brush with the smallest amount of toothpaste 7 let them play with it, put it in their mouth daughter does this as she watches me & her sister everyday! she will chew on the brush & the dentist said thats ok..he also said strictly limit her sugar intake..fruit is fine as a snack, but give water along with it (no fruit juices) we do just that. He said they will all come around in time & get used to it, but forcing them will give a negative aspect on teeth brushing! & as shocked as i was her teeth are perfectly healthy (no plaque or decay)! good luck


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Shieni - posted on 03/09/2012




thank you all. i haven't check this site for a while & happy to find i have lots of respond.

Elfrieda - posted on 02/27/2012




I have a time for my 26 month old son to brush his own teeth (in the morning while I'm brushing mine, but only if he wants to) and a time when I brush them for him. (right before bed, non-negotiable)

When he brushes his teeth himself he just chews on the brush and pretends to spit and has a fine time.

When I brush his teeth, he doesn't like it so much, but I try to make it fun. I hold him down and sing "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" and he can make the animal noises. We do two verses with me brushing his teeth and holding him down, and then we're done. It's not great, but it's not too bad, either. I don't think he's traumatized or anything like that.

Anna - posted on 02/27/2012




It's a tough one. I had a lot of trouble with my son too. I tried him brushing my teeth while I brush his teeth. It worked for a little while then he didn't like it anymore. Finally, we spent the night at my friend's house for New Years and she has a 3 yr old so when my son saw her son brush his teeth he wanted to copy him and since then he's been pretty good about it. I put him in front of a mirror and he lets me brush his teeth (he's 22 months now). (Btw, you don't need toothpaste yet. You can just use plain water.) Perhaps if he sees other kids brushing their teeth live instead of on TV or in pictures, he might have a different response. Good luck.

Pauline - posted on 02/25/2012




I started my daughter with orajel training paste since she had her 1st tooth cut out and she thinks it is a ritual thing to do . No problem at all.. I think you shouldn't make it as a big deal as there are days she wakes up and wants to have breakfast b4 brushing her teeth and ilet me do that after. At night she knows there is no option. But I still do much of the brushing..

Heather - posted on 02/24/2012




No one can "MAKE" a 20 month old brush his own teeth. You lay him down, hold his hands if you have to, and brush them once a day or two, till he gets used to it. Try the Kids Oral B toothpaste, the ones with Little Bear or Thomas on the front. They have mild flavors and it's ok if they swallow it!

You will have to brush his teeth for him until he is 4 or 5, or until you feel that he's doing a good job.

Elizabeth - posted on 02/24/2012




My kids went through that so I let them pick their own toothbrushes to play with in the bath and then also bought the spin brushes that are for kids, flavored toothpaste, and the mouthwash that shows the germs. I let them spit into the sink so that they could see the yucky that was in their mouths. They seemed to like the vibration of the spin brushes and now they brush they teeth on their own with no prompts. If you are worried about the condition of his teeth I would suggest that you take him to a dentist. They may be able to help.

Nicky - posted on 02/24/2012




try a singing toothbrush, it will only play a song when hes putting pressure on his teeth as he brushes, he might find that exciting!! you will pay a little more but its worth the try :)

Erin - posted on 02/24/2012




we're in the same boat and our sons are the same age ~ my daughter who's older has just recently picked up on the whole teeth brushing thing. he'll come around in due time. limit juices and towards the end of the day just give him water to help rinse his teeth. he'll get there soon enough. you could also just get him used to a toothbrush by letting him play with it in the bath tub ~ sounds silly but it'll work! (hopefully!)

Kristin - posted on 02/23/2012




i have a 2 and 4yr old. The 2yr old wasnt super keen on the teeth brushing thing either. Then I decided to take them to a peds. dentist. She was awsome! She explained in their language how "if you dont brush your teeth every day the the food that you eat will make them get really yucky and then they will hurt :( sooooo if you dont want to have any owies in your mouth and be able to eat your goodies and vegies and fruits ;) then you need to brush your teeth.....or else you could also end up looking like this..." at that point she put her lips around her teeth like you would when playing like you have no teeth. Now we brush 2 (or more) times EVERY DAY :) good luck

Shate98 - posted on 02/23/2012




Don't use toothpaste yet. Took me a few months but I have my 1.5yr old brushing his teeth. I brush first and show him and then I brush for him. while holding him in my arms. He didn't like it at first, and I wouldn't push- just try every day until he gave in and let me brush his teeth. Now he does it himself (but I still go over them after he's done).

Katherine - posted on 02/22/2012




My almost 3 year old does the same thing to me. Someone told me to put some toothpaste on gauze and rub her teeth with it. It's worth a try anyways. Maybe he hates the feel, maybe it hurts because he's teething, who knows....

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