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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