How can I get my toddler to let me brush her teeth?


Asked by CALLiEMAESMAMA at 8:53 AM on Feb. 22, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Try getting her a toothbrush that runs on a battery ( you can find them at the dollar store) kids love them..... and they want to do it themselves....just supervise... she will be showing you her teeth to see how well she did... or you can find them at CVS.

    Answer by jzonewood at 9:00 AM on Feb. 22, 2009

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  • Have you made it fun for her? Try acting like it's a game or let her do it herself. Set a timer to remind you to brush. We forget sometimes to. I even put a note on the bathroom mirror but it still didn't work. LOL

    Answer by vnw1405 at 9:00 AM on Feb. 22, 2009

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  • Have you tried brushing her teeth first thing in the morning and brushing right before bed? I give my 16 month old her own spinbrush and after a few minutes I will take it back and brush. If you think about it in the afternoon do it then too.


    Answer by Christine0813 at 9:02 AM on Feb. 22, 2009

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  • Since my DD was about a year old she showed interest in tooth brushes, but she just liked to put it in her mouth. What I do is I brush my teeth in front of her (modeling). Now we always brush our teeth together. She lets me brush her teeth, and then gets to hold her tooth brush. I also pick her up and she spits in the sink. DD loves doing that. My mom babysits her and my 2 year old nephew, so Jade likes to imitate him.

    Answer by skymcr at 9:29 AM on Feb. 22, 2009

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  • with my dd i let her brush her own teeth first with just a small amount of toothpast then i go back and do it the right way lol but i like the toothbrushs with music idea try that!!!

    Answer by Mother_18 at 9:34 AM on Feb. 22, 2009

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  • Take the pressure out & make it fun. Don't be right on top of her. Give her room. Let her hold the tooth brush herself. If she missed a spot several of the nights it's OK. She will have plenty of time to perfect brushing her teeth. Just don't do it for her. Praise her if she does it right.  Kids only suffer from punitive words.


    Answer by Anonymous at 9:49 AM on Feb. 22, 2009

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  • My now 5 year old had very weak teeth (something to do with the well water while I was pg, high minerals or something). So it was VERY important to get them really clean, I used to lay him on his back and sit over him (dentist like) so I could see his teeth and get them really clean. He hated brushing his teeth at first, when I would do it in the bathroom, I don't know why, but as soon as I switched to the laying down, just a few "No, Mummy needs to brush your teeth"'s worked like a charm. Also the making it fun and taking turns thing has worked with my other children

    Answer by Panditacjp at 10:12 AM on Feb. 22, 2009

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  • let her brush her own teeth. if you are concerned she may fall with it in her mouth give her, her toothbrush in her high chair.
    To help remember have her brush when you brush.
    I used to give my kids a toothbrush everytime they took a bath.

    Answer by justgrape723 at 10:34 AM on Feb. 22, 2009

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  • I'd try linking doing it to something else. For example, DH and I pray each morning immediately after making the bed. It helps us remember to do it (since it's something we've decided we want to do). If you make brushing the teeth something you do right before taking off the pajamas, right after making the bed, after eating breakfast... it will be easier to remember. Do the same thing at night, possibly linking brushing the teeth to after dinner/dessert, putting on the pajamas, or as a step in the nighttime routine.

    Answer by tyheamma at 10:37 AM on Feb. 22, 2009

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  • Me and my 2 boys brush ours together. We do it as soon as we get up and again at bedtime.

    Answer by BooHooMommy at 10:51 AM on Feb. 22, 2009

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