Does your toddler brush their own teeth?

my two year old tries to brush his own teeth but doesn't do anything but bite the brush so i try to help him and it becomes a battle and he stops drops and flops, how can i make this easier??


Asked by humboldtmama21 at 1:56 AM on Oct. 8, 2008 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • i let my daughter try too and then i take over. i put my finger in her mouth to pull over her lip so i can see what im doin gand usually shes ok with that but when she does fight me i lay her down, i straddle her so that she cant kick me but im not sittig on her and i hold her hands with one arm and hurry as fast as i can and brush those toothies. do u have ur child brush teeth with u? she likes to watch me and copy me so now i find that makes her not fight me so much or i do it a ways before bed so shes not overtired and cranky.

    Answer by CAarmywife at 2:01 AM on Oct. 8, 2008

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  • I had this same problem with my daughter... we ended up compromising- lol. I brush them, then she does.

    Answer by jluvskija at 1:59 AM on Oct. 8, 2008

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  • We have a rule, she brushes her teeth first, and then I have a turn. My friend does the opposite, she brushes first and then she lets him have a turn. You could try two different tooth brushes, one for him to do and one for you to do, and you can take turns. Just be consistent and he will realize that it is going to happen your way. Good luck.

    Answer by toriandgrace at 2:00 AM on Oct. 8, 2008

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  • I let my girls brush their teeth first and then I do it. We always say that we have to brush away all those sugar bugs.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:00 AM on Oct. 8, 2008

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  • I brush my son's teeth even though he gets mad because what he wants to do is suck on the tooth brush lol. but now that he's 3 he kinda learned to do it by himself but to make sure there extra clean I still do it for him then i let him do it after that:)

    Answer by kimaam at 2:18 AM on Oct. 8, 2008

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  • yeah i try to let him brush them first then me i also tried brushing my teeth with him but then he wants to brush mine and not let me brush his i've been trying to burrito him in towel but he weasels out have you guys tried an electric toothbrush does it help??

    Answer by humboldtmama21 at 2:43 AM on Oct. 8, 2008

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  • I bought my daughter a spin brush with a character on it and a regular toothbrush as well. First I brush her teeth with the regular brush and then she "buffs" her teeth with the spin brush. It works for us. She has a lot of fun and she has the cleanest teeth! I never, ever have to fight with her about it.

    Answer by mjpX2 at 3:52 AM on Oct. 8, 2008

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  • My daughter is only 20 months old. I have to brush her teeth for her otherwise they won't get cleaned. She fights w/ me but I still brush while she's fighting w/ me and trying to pull away from me.

    Answer by SKARISKARA at 7:50 AM on Oct. 8, 2008

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  • Same as jluvskija. I do all the brushing first to make sure they're clean, then I let her brush them after I'm done.

    Answer by Kimmers1116 at 11:24 AM on Oct. 8, 2008

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