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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  • When you say that she hates it when you “clean her teeth after the meal”…makes me wonder if perhaps you are doing this after every meal. Also keep in mind that depending on what you have eaten it is not a good idea to brush the teeth straight away as you can actually make things worse. If you have consumed something that is very sugar filled or acid such as orange juice then you shouldnt go and brush your teeth straight after. You should rinse your mouth with water and brush later. There is such a thing as brushing your teeth too much which can also cause problems where you erode the enamel. Brushing your teeth in the morning and then again at night before bed is enough.

    Perhaps when you brush your childs teeth you are hurting her by putting too much pressure on the brush.
    I would just give her the brush and let her brush them herself. Often they spend more time chewing the brush then anything but its better then forming an issue where the child will always battle to brush their teeth.

    If in doubt you can take your child to the Dentist which should be free. Ask for advice from the Dentist.

  • let her see you brust you teeth and make a game out of it

  • My daughter didnt like it to start with but I forced it on her to start with, always praising her after, giving her big claps and cheers and told her how good she had been even if she screamed through the whole process. Now she is used to it and loves it, still clapping herself when done! It doesn’t feel good forcing them to do this but it is for their own good. Good luck!

  • I’ve gone through the same battle but I’ve found a toddler toothpaste my boy thinks is yummy so he’s getting a bit better now. If your really struggling wipe over her teats with a wet face washer – that will at least give her teeth a bit of clean

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