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My 2 year old will NOT let me brush his teeth. He screams and clamps his mouth shut.

We be tried everything. His twin sister is perfectly happy letting us brush for her.

  • Kristin
    Sep 06, 2018

    I was in the same boat last year, I ended up just brushing his teeth really quick while holding him down 😕 but I did switch toothbrushes, back to the really soft one used for babies gums and teeth, and he let me brush them after that, so maybe it’s a sensitive teeth issue? 🤷‍♀️

  • Wendi
    Sep 06, 2018

    I’m in the same boat. 😒 he hates it. I’m thinking about buying him a new tooth brush with his favorite characters on it. hope it will help.

  • Jaime
    Sep 06, 2018

    I find if one of the twins is being stubborn that day about me brushing, I let them do it. Gives them independence, sense of accomplishment. I then tell them that Mommas gotta get a few more spots and I clean up the rest. Usually! works lol Maybe try a new brush or no toothpaste. Maybe he doesn’t like the taste.

  • Vivi
    Sep 06, 2018

    I had the same issue with mine he would close his Lips and wouldn’t let me brush his teeth. He is 18 months but I didn’t care, I bought him one of those vibrating toothbrushes for like $5 and he LOVES IT so much that he cries when I try to take it away from him now. He watched me brushed my teeth once and Ever since he has been imitating my same movements when he brushes his teeth on his own. He might not do it perfectly but it does the trick. I’m sure eventually they be up getting the hang of it. Or at least get the concept of having to brush their teeth.

  • Eleanor
    Sep 06, 2018

    We got the Disney oral b magic timer app. My three year old will brush for two minutes straight with spicy toothpaste! My 18 month old will brush for maybe 45 seconds... seriously the app is wonderfully for us.

  • Simone
    Sep 06, 2018

    Same boat with my twins.

  • Jen
    Sep 06, 2018

    We read how to brush teeth books or play a video while my toddler “brushes” her teeth. Also saying I see meatballs or whatever food she ate is in her teeth. She doesn’t do the greatest job... but hey she’s practicing and getting in the habit.

  • A
    Sep 06, 2018

    Yeah, we be tried character toothbrushes. He will, brush himself, but he really just sucks on the toothpaste. 🙄 I guess it’s a start. I do just hold him down once and awhile and get a quick brush but I hate doing that.

  • Jenny
    Sep 07, 2018

    My son was the same. Screaming like I was torturing him. I started singing a song each time that we would add lyrics to as we went. It kept him occupied and he could tell how long it was going to take. He still hates brushing teeth at 4, but no longer screams like I’m torturing him.

  • Valerie
    Sep 08, 2018

    Electric toothbrush! I don’t know what it is, but he now begs to use it, after rolling around screaming on the floor with a manual brush

  • Ashley
    Sep 10, 2018

    I tried everything with my two year old and he does not like the either tooth brush or toothpaste