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The child doesn't want to brush teeth? There are ways to do it

Usually, the beginning of brushing your teeth is not easy. Sooner or later there is a rebellion stage, when the child clenches his teeth tightly and does not allow any maneuvering of the brush. When you think about it more deeply, this is not surprising. The toddler defends his independence and wants to avoid something that is far from fun and is seen as a nasty duty. How to avoid conflicts and go through the stage of rebellion with a dry foot?

Give me a choice

The child likes choice. Most parents discover this truth fairly quickly, but for various reasons they do not use it. Meanwhile, it is worth going shopping with your toddler and let him choose a brush, preferably at least two, so that each morning and evening you will be able to divert attention from unpleasant activity by asking the toddler to choose which brush he wants to brush his teeth on a given day.

A good brush and the right paste

The brush should have soft bristles and the paste should be selected according to the child's age. More about this here. The procedure itself should be done carefully so as not to irritate the child's delicate gums unnecessarily. Sometimes, parents simply brush their teeth too vigorously (without realizing it at all), which is met with the toddler's rebellion. Another way is to use a special silicone finger pad for a long time, which some children accept better than a classic brush.


Contrary to what you think, letting go of brushing your teeth for children aged over a dozen months is not a good idea. Of course, you can let your child brush their teeth several times or not at all, but such exceptions will work against us. That is why it is better not to go for it too often ...
Consistency in this regard will allow us to develop good habits. However, beware: it does not mean introducing a nervous atmosphere, threatening the finger and sour mines, or even the use of violence, i.e. brushing teeth.

Brush your teeth with your child

Although opinions are divided on this topic, most experts and parents emphasize that allowing children to watch how parents use the toilet, brush their hair, or brush their teeth makes the toddler have less trouble giving up this activity. By observing, he gains confidence that a given hygiene act is important and not only for children, but also for parents.

Brush your teeth in front of the mirror

For many children, brushing teeth in front of the mirror works well when the toddler is able to see everything and observe the parent's next steps. In addition, if we let our daughter or son hold the brush with us, he will probably be more willing to brush his teeth, feeling that he has control over the parent's movements. Another way is to use two brushes. One is brushing the child's teeth with the parents, and the other hand the toddler to maneuver it on his own teeth.

Let your child brush your teeth by yourself

However, after brushing yourself, brush your teeth together. According to research, because children up to the age of eight are rarely able to clean their teeth well, that's why parents should control this procedure and watch over its course, and if necessary "improve" it.

Let me brush your teeth

Give the child your own toothbrush with toothpaste, reach for the child's toothbrush and toothpaste and brush your teeth. It's a great way to show your toddler that this hygiene can be fun and can be exchanged for fun. Children usually enthusiastically accept the option of brushing their parents' teeth.

Good example

Already two years old, they very strongly identify with their peers and observe what other children are doing. Therefore, it is often good for a toddler to watch the iconic Bean Song about a certain brush that brushes teeth. The music video on which the kids wash their teeth and are clearly happy about it, works in many cases, miracles. On the other hand, some mothers emphasize that in the case of their children it helped to show pictures of children with caries ... The method is quite drastic, but apparently it can be effective.

You can also buy children's books that describe hygiene, or try brushing your teddy bears, dolls and other toys. A good idea might be to buy a Play Doh Dentist set, which, in addition to pulling teeth, allows you to have fun brushing them.

For older children (about 4 years old) it is worth choosing the booklet "My teeth" Iwona Randuntz publishing house Debit, which explains how to care for teeth, why you need to go to the dentist and why teeth fall out.

Washing on time

Sometimes the evenings look the same. Parents ask that the child come to brush their teeth, and this escapes, says that he will come to shift this moment indefinitely in time. This problem can be solved by starting a stopwatch, which will measure the time in which we would like to brush your teeth. When it succeeds, let's not praise the child, hugs and kisses, let the child feel that he has done something important.

Electric toothbrush

If the child is over two years old, you can try brushing your teeth with an electric brush (especially if parents brush their teeth with such brushes). Although electric toothbrushes are usually recommended for toddlers who are three years old, it doesn't hurt if we try this change, if the child clearly protests against other methods. The more that the sound of such a brush will allow you to prepare your toddler for visits to the dentist.

The Forbidden fruit

The fact that children most often reach for what is forbidden is certain, which is why some mothers advise you to use this defiance in your own favor. When brushing your teeth, point to the brush and say that this is not the time to brush your teeth. Sometimes it will be the first time, another: some "approaches" will be needed. The effects may positively surprise, the child will be more willing to approach the previously disliked daily tooth-brushing operation.

Motivational board / notebook

For children three years old and older, it is worth setting up a motivational board / notebook and rewarding your toddler with a badge / sticker after each brushing of your teeth. This method works even better when the child has siblings and in a positive sense can compete with another person.

Go to the dentist

With a child of about three years old, it is worth going to the dentist, a specialist with a good approach, who will explain to the toddler how to brush your teeth, give you a brush and as an expert in a given field will be the best in an instructional show. Many clinics offer a meeting at which the dentist explains to the parents and baby all ambiguities and emphasizes the importance of daily tooth cleaning in the prevention of caries.