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#1 mccarro

Posted 12 March 2012 - 07:50 AM

DS (almost 2) is making teeth brushing time an absolute nightmare. The only way I can do it is by pinning him down with his bed back, and I feel awful doing it. Methods that have worked temporarily (2-3 days) are getting him to brush his cars 'teeth' at the same time, and talking about Peppa Pig's trip to the dentist. Today I'm trying the 'no juice until you brush your teeth properly', but I think he's probably a little to young to get the connection. Any suggestions?

#2 Dowager fancie

Posted 12 March 2012 - 08:00 AM

When DD was very little, I had 2 toothbrushes, 1 for me to use to brush her teeth and 1 for her to polish her teeth.

So at teethbrushing time I would say:  First Mummy will brush your teeth, and then it's your job to shine them up.

You could always let your DS have a go first and then you do the job properly after he's finished.

#3 Guest_chocmudcake_*

Posted 12 March 2012 - 08:05 AM

My dd brushes her's while I brush mine, then when im finished mine, I do her's.

#4 Feral timtam

Posted 12 March 2012 - 08:22 AM

I brush my teeth first and then brush my son's teeth.
I found that if he saw Mummy doing it first he was more willing to try it. While I am brushing my teeth I give him his toothbrush to brush his teeth by himself. Any day he has an aversion to it we just don't brush his teeth, it won't kill him to go a day or so without brushing!

#5 kyuden

Posted 12 March 2012 - 08:23 AM

My eldest (3) and I take turns. First of all we both brush our own teeth, then he gets to brush mine and I get to do his.

It's amazing how much of a beating your gums can actually take without bruising.

#6 onyerbikeluv

Posted 12 March 2012 - 08:23 AM

It's still hit and miss with our DD (also just 2) but here are some things to try - although at least once a week she just won't feel like it and I'll pin her down then too, as teeth cleaning is non-negotiable in our house too :-)

- sitting in front of the mirror, we both do our own teeth at the same time and she tries to copy what I'm doing. Then I can help her but she still feels a bit more 'in control'.
- I let her do her own in the morning (read that to mean that she sucks the toothpaste off the brush), then I do the proper night time clean. She likes to have a go by herself, and seems to be happier to let me do it in the evening then.
- we bought her an electric Dora toothbrush, which she chose herself ... although she never wants to actually turn it on, she loves the toothbrush itself.

It's hard, isn't it - you don't want to let it slide for a night, but on the other hand you don't want the battles to become part of the routine. Persistance is all we can do!

#7 pinkcupcakes

Posted 12 March 2012 - 08:26 AM

good suggestions. biggrin.gif in the mornings i brush dd's teeth while she's still in the highchair watching her programs, and in the evenings i brush them while she's in the bath, as part of her bedtime routine.I also get the kids electric toothbrushes(about $8 from woolies, and have seen them in other leading supermarkets)because it makes it that much easier. wink.gif

#8 pinkcupcakes

Posted 12 March 2012 - 08:35 AM

QUOTE (onyerbikeluv @ 12/03/2012, 08:23 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
- I let her do her own in the morning (read that to mean that she sucks the toothpaste off the brush), then I do the proper night time clean. She likes to have a go by herself, and seems to be happier to let me do it in the evening then.

ps we also found this really worked with dd when she was a lil bit younger.even now sometimes if we get met with resistance it still works. finished now tthumbs.gif

#9 liveworkplay

Posted 12 March 2012 - 09:06 AM

We have trouble with DD3. The other two were fine. She is so independant she wants to only do it herself. I've tried all the tricks and nothing works. Even to get her to brush we need the special"sparkly" toothpaste (thank god for colgate and their foresight laughing2.gif) I figue something is better then nothing and try each time to let he let me do at least a bit of brushing. Fortunately she comes from two familys with no tooth problems and brillient teeth without too much maintenance. Even DD2 wo has risk factors for tooth decay and problems due to treatment she received at birth, has perfect teeth at 6. The dentist was truely amazed that she didnt have any problems with her history.

I think genetics plays a huge role. I have a friend who still brushes her 9 yr olds teeth for him, they eat good food most of the time and brush at least twice a day yet all her kids (3) have had fillings and dental work. I was never made to brush my teeth twice a day (nor my 3 siblings) and ate our fair share of junk yet at 39, 37, 35 and 33 none of us have had any major dental work. I think we all have one or two fillings each which we got as adults.

Edited by liveworkplay, 12 March 2012 - 09:07 AM.

#10 niggles

Posted 12 March 2012 - 09:31 AM

We went through a stage where every night was a nightmare trying to get DDs teeth brushed at that age but we cracked it with some consistent rules and a sticker on her hand for the first few weeks if she brushed without a fuss.

It goes like this now:
Your turn, then my turn (We count to 10 or 20 while she is brushing and then she hands the toothbrush over).
You can brush your own teeth 'when the sun's awake'.

Every now and then we play dentist and tell her what a great job she must be doing because she hasn't got any stains or holes in her teeth. Sometimes she requests 'you be the dentist'. Might be worth introducing the dentist game some other low pressure time of the day.

#11 Sweet like a lemon

Posted 12 March 2012 - 09:38 AM

The only thing I can suggest is doing it with him and turn it into a competition. Let's see whose teeth are shinier, and of course he always wins.
DH has for the most part always brushed his teeth while DD does hers. She's a real daddy's girl so this technique has worked well for us.

#12 boopyscreet

Posted 12 March 2012 - 09:51 AM

we had huge issues with DD (2). Now we all brush our teeth together and when she got a bit resistant to that I went on youtube and found videos of other toddlers brushing their teeth. She was fascinated and now we say 'show me how well you can brush your teeth' and she does a pretty good job. Either me or DH then give them a proper brush at the end. It's getting much easier.

Good luck OP.

#13 Guest_Cathode_*

Posted 12 March 2012 - 09:58 AM

When mine were smaller I just used to use one of those silicone finer brush things (slides over your finger, and has 'brush' at end).

Now they all do it themselves (youngest is 2). I give them the brush with paste and they start off. If they aren't doing a good enough job, I do a quick finish for them.

Maybe also try different toothpaste. Some kids don't like the mint (though I swear mine would eat it if they could). You can get non-mint toothpastes.

Or, let them watch this

Made me want to brush my teeth back in the day (^cartoon).

#14 Lokum

Posted 12 March 2012 - 01:09 PM

Electric tooth brush helped us HEAPS. Still sometimes resists, but having another toothbrush to hold in his hands helps.

#15 mccarro

Posted 14 March 2012 - 09:13 PM

Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I already let him do his teeth in the morning, and i've tried the taking turns thing too. I haven't tried the electric toothbrush, so I think I'll give that a go next. I'm also about to change up his bedtime routine too, so that he brushes his teeth as part of his bath routine, so we'll see if that helps too.

Now the next problem is getting him into bed - DH has gone away for work for awhile, and since then his bedtime routine has literally disintegrated.

#16 Riotproof

Posted 14 March 2012 - 09:17 PM

My latest success is lettig him hold my iPhone while he watches the giggle and hoot 5 steps to bed song.

#17 JackiOT

Posted 14 March 2012 - 09:23 PM

Second the electric toothbrush - can be quite soothing for them, both of my boys got better with brushing teeth with the "buzzy brush"

#18 moo~tickle

Posted 19 March 2012 - 12:00 PM

DD4 and DS2 are both shocking! I have just started brushing in the bath and they get a special cup of water to drink - quite the novelty and they fight over being first to get teeth brushed.

#19 Guest_tigerdog_*

Posted 19 March 2012 - 12:05 PM

QUOTE (Lokum @ 12/03/2012, 02:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Electric tooth brush helped us HEAPS. Still sometimes resists, but having another toothbrush to hold in his hands helps.

Us too, although it may scare some kids and put them off even more!

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