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Brushing Teeth Nightmare

My LO is 15 months old and absolutely hates having her teeth brushed, and always has. It had not gotten any better, even with letting her hold the brush, pretending to brush my own, singing a song or just bearing through the crying. There has got to be something else i can try. Any suggestions???

  • Jenn
    Oct 24

    We bought a brushing teeth book called "Brush Your Teeth Please" and when we read it, we say that the animals are letting mommy and daddy brush. We also caved and let our LO watch a Pink Fong video for the 2 mins of teeth brushing

  • Kieli
    Oct 24

    We have 3 different tooth brushes, 2 are electric, and 3 different flavors of tooth paste. My daughters dentist actually recommended it, as it gets her excited to pick which combo she wants to use. Her dentist also sang baby shark tune to brushing “brush your teeth doodoo” so when I’m brushing her teeth I make up my own words to that tune. It also helps to sit her on the bathroom counter days where she’s been more difficult than usual. Also, when I’m done brushing I let her do it and I sing the same song, and dance. So it makes it fun for her

  • Anonymous
    Oct 24

    Same as kieli!! I have 3 different tooth brushes out with 3 different characters/colors. He gets excited to pick which one he gets to use and which one I get to use on him lol

  • Devon
    Oct 24

    Those are all really helpful. I took her into the bathroom and sat her on the counterand sang a modified baby shark and it went leagues better!! Buying a couple more toothbrushes tomorrow!!!

  • Yanis
    Oct 27

    I play this song for my daughter and it gets her so excited to brush her teeth 😂 https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wxMrtK-kYnE

  • C
    Nov 29

    If it’s any consolation, our pediatric dentist who has her own kids age 3+ told us there’s really no way to get them to like it. With her own kids she brushes their teeth through their crying - even easier when they cry, she said, because they keep their mouths open - until one day, around age 3, they’re capable enough to stop you, and then the fight to make them brush their own teeth begins. My 15 month old likes it, but we started way early in his life. We did the wet cloth around a finger technique, brushing his gums after feeding to get him used to the feeling of having someone’s hand in there brushing. He also has an Elmo book where Elmo brushes his teeth before bedtime, and he likes to emulate Elmo. Later on we got him this silicone banana teether/training toothbrush and he LOVES using it. Unfortunately it’s too gentle to do a good job of cleaning teeth, and used in the long term it put him at high risk of cavities, so he’s got a real toothbrush now. By this point, he’s got an established idea of brushing. He doesn’t like the real toothbrush though, so he might not be cooperative forever.