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Alice Hadley 

how can I get my 2 year old to brush his teeth properly (or let me do it?)

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ShannyFan 
Ugh! I feel ya! My oldest went though this around 18months. We started a counting game and it really worked for us. He brushed counting from 1to 10 and I brushed from 11 to 20. Then he gets to brush my teeth to the count of 10. Of course I could slow my counting down to get more time to do a go job. It also worked with ABC's. AND he learned while we brushed so BONUS! Good luck
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623ldn 
Hi Alice. 2yo kids don't really have the motor skills to brush effectively yet so it's probably best to help them (although electric brushes can help). If they're not letting you help, you could try brushing together. Get them to brush your teeth (ineffectively!) while you brush theirs and swap back and forth. They may be more open to this 'teamwork' approach.
Ben Tantrum 
I'd recommend an electric brush - at least while they're sucking the tooth paste off the brush it'll be doing something!
Ben Tantrum 
(Unofficial and irresponsible answer) You get to have a second go at this anyway when their adult teeth come through 🤗
Alice Hadley 
Thanks for comments!! Ben - on dark days this thought had gone through my mind!! :) Going to try and do tandem brushing - at least my oral hygiene will benefit (or not)!!
623ldn 
Good luck! Don't forget to come back and let us know what does and doesn't work. I've got a feeling this is a question that's going to be asked often....
623ldn 
@Ben and @Alice. Great profile pics btw! 😂
Celine Bell 
OMG we went thru this - it's hell and you feel pretty guilty about doing a bad job. It gets easier! We bought a novelty toothbrush and did a sticker chart and it really helped. Good luck. (Apparently it's inappropriate to say they get another set of teeth later on so don't worry about it....)
Anonymous 
What works for me is to say 'mummy do it' for the first part, and then let my son (20 months) to do it himself for a bit. I've also now changed the time we do it from during bath time to after milk and story and just before bed; this is because he's angling for any reason not to go to bed at that stage, and so he's less likely to put up a fight. I've also heard that the chewy toothbrushes are good but haven't used one myself.
Guest1196 
Have you tried different toothpastes? Mine couldn't get enough of some of them, the strawberry flavours.
Gemoh 
I've struggled with this and someone suggested this idea - and it worked but it sounds so random! Tell them there is a zoo in their mouth! Say you can see a lion there and he.looks dirty and ask if you can clean him. Then ask where the elephant is in their mouth - let them point out where it is - then clean the elephant - loads of 'can you make the lion roar?!' To get them to open wider etc! Totally bizarre but it worked for us (for a few days...!🙈)
Vickivail98 
For us it's a combination of many things. Offer a variety of toothpaste flavors and let them choose, we got electric toothbrushs and I put Darth Vader and Paw Patrol stickers on them and we take turns brushing, also whoever gets to the bathroom first for brushing gets to sit up in the counter. I have boys ages 2 and 4 so competition is useful for getting things done.
RedAna 
We make it a game, he (2yo)has two different toothpastes- Peppa and Thomas the tank engine.. he has about 4 different toothbrushes.. each morning and night he get to stand on his step at the sink and pick which one he would like to choose.. then mammy or daddy does the major brushing and he has the last brush over.. the big fun part is rinsing his mouth and seeing how far he can spit the water in the sink.. he actually looks forward to brushing his teeth! Hope it helps.. best of luck x
ShannyFan 
Ugh! I feel ya! My oldest went though this around 18months. We started a counting game and it really worked for us. He brushed counting from 1to 10 and I brushed from 11 to 20. Then he gets to brush my teeth to the count of 10. Of course I could slow my counting down to get more time to do a go job. It also worked with ABC's. AND he learned while we brushed so BONUS! Good luck
Lisa Tantrum 
The 'zoo' idea worked for me - thank you! I also bought a toothbrush with a shark's head, and this is now a constant source of amusement to my 20-month-old.
Lisa Tantrum 
Two more tips that have worked for me recently: 1. Brush their teeth just before you put them in bed, literally after the story etc, so they're more eager to cooperate because it buys them extra time not asleep. 2. I now sing a toothbrushing song, which I stop singing every time he stops brushing. The song I chose is the 'brush-a, brush-a, brush-a' one from the film Grease and it seems to be doing the job! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFAwSqK3SdQ

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