Brushing a toddlers’ teeth is can be a bit like trying to wrestling a crocodile – so one mum has a unique trick to make quick work of cleaning her tot’s gnashers.

Dr Joyce, the TikTok Dentist, revealed her toddler tooth brushing technique in a video, which has attracted both praise and concern from other parents.

Dr Joyce’s video, which is captioned: ‘The only thing that has worked for my wiggly 1 year old’, shows her laying her one-year-old down between her legs, before she positioned them over her toddler’s arms and legs. It effectively means the tot is trapped and can’t run away from the toothbrush.

In the comments, the mum explains that she sees many adult patients who have parents who didn’t teach them the importance of brushing their teeth, and she’s trying to help educate families.

“My child cooperated for this video but he is not always like this!” Dr Joyce explained. “He used to scream and cry during brushing and this is the only way I could get it done. I’ve been brushing his teeth since before he had teeth so he has become much better. (Depending on his mood).”

@joycethedentist The only thing that has worked for my wiggly 1 year old ???? #babytok #newmomtips #babyhack ♬ you want to bamba SWOLEDDS GOOD VIBES – Dr. Geuy DDS

While many mums thanked Dr Joyce for her tip, others claimed it’s traumatising and doesn’t allow for consent.

“That’s probably why they hate it,” wrote Naty London. “Watching this feels wrong already.”

Another mum commented, “Would never do this to my kids. I’m one of those who hate dentists myself and being forced to wont help. I would rather spend time teaching him.”

What do you think about this technique? Do you have any tips for brushing toddler’s teeth? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • He actually looks half asleep so it must help with brushing his teeth. If the child is screaming or crying I’d say try something different but if this way works then it wouldn’t hurt to try.


  • Adorable! I usually show my kids especially my son, grandma’ deteriorating teeth as a warning. Other times I use the suction of the tooth brush, and stick it on the mirror just so he can remember to brush his teeth first thing in the morning after washing his face…


  • Not sure I would use this technique. Feel uncomfortable doing that to any child. Might stick to my “learned behaviour “ technique.


  • When we’re camping I get my 9yr old and 6yr old in a headlock just about to make sure theirs are done properly. I doubt they do them thoroughly at home…


  • If it works for their family, fine.
    I won’t show any hate saying it’s abuse or anything as we all know what kids are like – they don’t always do what they’re told.
    If parents keep letting their kids do whatever they want, the future of the world is in big trouble!!!


  • I love it. In fact, it’s exactly how I would try to brush my dog’s teeth for exactly the same reason.


  • Fortunately my daughter didn’t mind brushing her teeth when she was little and has continued to brush them twice a day without prompting from me.


  • Yep we do this in my house some nights! Gotta brush his teeth wether he likes it or not, it needs to be done. He always laughs and thinks its a game when I do it though so I don’t feel so bad haha


  • Power to you mum! I’ve got two special needs daughters who are teens/adults they were nightmares for meds and brushing anything that works is gold!


  • I think I would crush my kids lol


  • This is so situational, I am sure the mum must have tried quite a few times with all the love and care before getting in this situation. You won’t know until you are in someone shoes. She is doing this because she cares for her child and for his/her wellbeing. However, each to it own.


  • My kids loved getting their teeth brushed when little. guess I was lucky.


  • Oh ok pretty good idea if the child will stay still and quiet while your trying to brush there teeth


  • My daughter is usually pretty good but when she doesn’t want to my husband and I do a team effort where he will tickle her feet so she laughs and opens her mouth and I brush, This usually works when she’d being difficult.


  • Its a good idea, but I think I will stick to the way we do it at home for the moment. I will put it in my ‘ideas bank’.


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