Posted in Dental Health, Tips & Hacks, Toddlers

Brushing teeth 1yo

CJN

My son refuses brushing teeth. He used to take the brush and use it as a teether. But now he wont let me get anywhere close once he sees the tooth brush! Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!

  • Whitney Rodriguez
    Jan 11

    Here for advice...2 year old does the same she plays with it but will not continually brush.

  • Jennifer
    Jan 11

    I got my son an Elmo toothbrush and a stool so he can stand at the sink and brush. He loved Elmo. It’s not perfect but it helped

  • Cathy
    Jan 11

    We brush our son’s teeth in the bath while he’s laying down

  • Julie
    Jan 11

    Do you brush your teeth at the same time?? Maybe try that. My daughter isn’t awesome about it but most nights I can get her interested enough for me to at least make contact with her teeth and the brush. Haha. Make it seem like it’s the greatest thing you’ve ever done. Also could it be the toothpaste?? I tried baby orajel and nuk (both were the same strawberry banana flavor) and they weren’t very palatable. Then I heard about the jack n Jill brand toothpaste and gave it a try. My daughter loves it and it’s rated really well on the EWG.org website.

  • CJN
    Jan 11

    Thanks everyone! I really appreciate your input and advice! 😊

  • PK
    Jan 11

    Does your son have a favorite tv show? My son loves bubble guppies and they have an episode about teeth. He was more willing after we watched that episode together and I let him brush my teeth. You can try singing a timed song with them (I sing the paw patrol theme song twice) so they know when it will be over. My son also started showing an interest in dinosaurs and pointed out that their teeth were sharp and shiny. So I also tell him that we have to brush our teeth so that he can have sharp and shiny teeth like a dinosaur.

  • Anonymous
    Jan 11

    Someone once suggested on here letting them brush your teeth first, then you brush their teeth, it has helped my son when he won't stay still.

  • Tiana
    Jan 11

    Electric toothbrush was a game changer. He’s now begging to brush multiple times per day

  • Anna
    Jan 12

    I agree with Valerie on electric toothbrush, or at least a cool toothbrush!! Maybe you can try to go to the store if you can together to pick out a cool new toothbrush and toothpaste and see if that changes things.

  • Amanda
    Jan 12

    I agree about the electric toothbrush. My son all of a sudden loves brushing his teeth now especially in the bath. He is 17 months. I also heard that electric toothbrushes help with drooling from teething because I stimulates the gums. Not sure if it’s true but it has helped with that too for us.