Mummy Mondays – 4 Ways to Easier Teeth Brushing

When it comes to brushing Elliott’s teeth, you almost need to run for cover! There’s screaming, twisting and kicking involved, arms and legs flying and the risk of getting your fingers bitten off! Mr. G and I have persisted with this for a long time, Elliott simply does not like having his teeth brushed. We’ve even tried doing it while he’s still in the bath, but although he can’t run anywhere, it can be a struggle.  I thought to myself,  ‘it’s got to be easier than this, for him and us?’ So, I decided to come up with a few different approaches to see if they may, over time, turn brushing teeth time into something less intense.

I figured that although Elliott can’t talk yet, he can understand simple directions and knows exactly what I’m saying most of the time. It’s not going to be easy, it’s going to take time and repetition, but here are some things I’m going to try:

1. Keep telling Elliott – we can do it the easy way or we can do it the hard way in the hope that the more I say this, the easier it will become. 

2. Focus on Positive Reinforcement #1- Elliott loves brushing his own teeth, although he’s not brushing them effectively.  I will try saying ‘If you let mummy brush your teeth, then you can have a turn at brushing them yourself.’ 
3. Focus on Positive Reinforcement #2 – I will try to focus on rewarding Elliott with something fun by saying ‘If you cooperate with Mummy/Daddy and let us brush your teeth, we will move onto something fun like…’
4. Brush the Toys Teeth – I’ve recently brought out a couple of Elliott’s toys and pretended to brush their teeth before I move onto Elliott’s. I’ve been using his soft toy, Mr. Lion,  who has been spending most of his time on the toy shelf without any attention from Elliott. But now, Elliott loves hugging him and walking around with him, it’s like he’s made a new friend. Hopefully this is a start to easier teeth brushing.
To me, teeth brushing is one of those ‘non-negotiable’ tasks and so it will take persistence and trying these ideas over and over, but I hope one day, teeth brushing time will be fun!
How did you get your toddler to enjoy teeth brushing time?

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Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman - a lifestyle and parenting blog.She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a Mum to her 4-year-old son, 2 month old daughter, two chickens, one dog and a fish called Bob and a wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little cottage on the outskirts of Brisbane.

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16 Comments

  1. July 14, 2013 / 10:09 am

    Oh, we are terrible at remembering to brush our toddlers teeth. At the moment pretending that I am brushing away visible dirt is working for us. Otherwise he won’t co-operate. Taking turns is a good idea!

    • July 15, 2013 / 5:16 am

      Isn’t it terrible, I forget sometimes too and feel so bad about it. Sometimes I’m too focused on bathing, feeding etc etc and then once he’s in bed asleep I think ‘oh gosh, his teeth!’. Taking turns is working OK, but it seems that including ‘Mr. Lion’ in the task is starting to slowly work. Fingers crossed!

      Thanks for linking up for Mummy Mondays!

  2. July 14, 2013 / 10:09 am

    I approached teeth-brushing in a similar way with my daughter. The trouble I had was that she enjoyed swallowing the toothpaste. Even now, at 4, she’ll try and get away with it.

    • July 15, 2013 / 5:18 am

      Swallowing the toothpaste hey? I don’t think Elliott even likes the taste of the toothpaste but I’m sure that will change in time.

      Thanks for joining in with Mummy Mondays!

  3. July 14, 2013 / 11:43 am

    Yes, I’m with Jackie – Miss Daisy LOVES to brush her teeth… but will try to swallow the toothpaste!! haha! We talked about the sound it makes and she tries to make that sound as she brushes… and talked about all the parts of her mouth. AND from an early age it was MY turn then her turn! 🙂 Which worked great! Trouble here is remembering twice a day! 😉

    • July 15, 2013 / 5:19 am

      That’s really cute that she makes the brushing sounds and the fact that she got you to do it first! Smart little chicken!

      Totally agree with the remembering twice a day!

      Thanks for visiting Mummy Mondays!

  4. July 15, 2013 / 3:08 am

    My toddler always wants to brush her own teeth. I usually manage to brush them first and then give her a go. She loves looking in the mirror at she does it ☺

    • July 15, 2013 / 5:20 am

      That’s really great Francesca, I’m betting that’s a bit of a relief considering it’s such an important thing. Just gorgeous.

  5. July 18, 2013 / 3:39 am

    Great tips!! We used an electric toothbrush on my 1 year old (because the other two already use one) and although its probably a bit too big for her she absolutely LOVES the feeling of it! So I’m winning at the moment x #TUSK

    • July 18, 2013 / 9:37 am

      If you’re winning, then keep going I say! It’s better than teeth not being brushed at all!

  6. July 18, 2013 / 4:00 am

    Mr 4 used to love brushing his teeth so I would let him go for it while I was brushing my own teeth and then give them another brush myself once I was finished brushing my own teeth. I found letting him see me brush my teeth helped make it normal for him too.

    Found you via TUST

    • July 18, 2013 / 9:41 am

      Hi Tegan,

      That’s great he loves brushing his teeth and a good idea to do it at the same time. Unfortunately for us at the moment, our teeth brushing times don’t correlate but perhaps an idea down the track if needed!

  7. July 18, 2013 / 4:13 am

    We are lucky in this house that my son doesn’t mind doing it. He also has 3 teachers, Daddy at night, Mum 3 mornings and Nan 2 mornings. He usually likes to copy me. Sometimes it is a good job, but I usually finish up for him.

    Also found you via TUST 🙂

  8. July 18, 2013 / 9:42 am

    That’s great to hear Becc. I’m sure that over time our little one will start to enjoy it, he’s still only 18 months old and so it’s definitely a work in progress.

  9. July 18, 2013 / 1:39 pm

    We have teeth brushing issues- simple sticker chart helped when Hayden was little. #TUST

  10. July 19, 2013 / 3:11 am

    Mine is 18 months old and doesn’t always understand instructions. But what she does understand is that if mummy or daddy is doing something, then she wants to do it too, or wants to help out. So it’s just basic behaviour modelling that works for us. It’s cute when she tries to brush our teeth! She might not do her teeth perfectly but the more she does it, the less problem she has with letting me finish it for her and she is getting the hang of it eventually 🙂