My 16 mth old daughter hates when I clean her teeth after the meal. Even though we show her when we brush our teeth, and she looks interested wants to try. How to encourage her to clean her teeth without crying? Thank you in advance.


Posted anonymously, 27th March 2014


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  • We sing the brush your teeth song to our little girl and she things it’s hilarious, she starts beaming as soon as the sees the tooth brush



  • Make it a race to see who can get all their teeth done fastest. Once she is used to it then slow down and teach her properly.



  • I get my son to practice cleaning the teeth on his teddies & other toys! Then I ask him to show me how he does his own! It works for us.



  • I always use the toothpaste for milk teeth, it doesn’t burn their mouth and they have battery operated brushes which make it fun



  • there is an ipad app out there for helping with brushing. I can’t remember the name of it.



  • i had the same problem too



  • When we went through the same issues with our son we got him to do it every night and we did it every morning. Now we have brought him an electric Spider-man toothbrush, his favourite super hero, and he does his teeth first every time and then we do a “dirt check” before we finish up :)



  • Purchase a cute electric tooth brush. It was the best thing we ever did!



  • Sometimes you’ve just got to be firm, not mean, you want them to enjoy it but with my son I had to just say ‘its happening…or your teeth will fall out’



  • Maybe try a song…. kids respond well to anything “fun”



  • Good advice Jodie. Kids are so visual and app oriented these days that maybe that could be a great idea!



  • there is a fun app the encourages this



  • Try just two times a day once in the morning and once at night. Dont make a big deal about it. Maybe let her do it herself for a week or two (this might make it less tramatic for her) I realise she wont do it as well as you but at least she wont have a phobia about it. Relax a little and maybe buy a cute story book about teeth brushing and let her choose her toothbrush.



  • I have two brushes for my daughter, one she gets to play with and it lives in the toy box, the other is for actual tooth brushing but as she is quite familiar with it it’s not such a big issue. You have to also let them watch you a lot!



  • Hope you get an answer for this. My daughter is at the stage of wanting to do it herself. But I have finally convinced her that I need to do it first and then she can go for gold on her teeth herself.


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