One member of our household is extremely reluctant to brush her teeth. We’ve tried everything…
- Brushing her teeth to the ‘You brush your teeth‘ song.
- Letting her watch Bob the Builder while brushing her teeth.
- Letting her brush her doll’s teeth at the same time.
- Letting her brush her dinosaur’s teeth at the same time.
- Letting her brush her own teeth.
- Changing the toothpaste.
- Changing the toothbrush to one that looks like a pink monster.
- Making things she wants to happen contingent on brushing her teeth .
- Telling her everyone else brushes their teeth.
- Giving her sips of water from a child’s medicine syringe and other weird things she likes.
- Reading about and watching Peppa and George going to the dentist and brushing their teeth
To little avail.
This has made a difference though.
She sees everyone else using an electric toothbrush and I suppose she wanted one too. This baby toothbrush has a very gentle movement but she likes it. Most important it lights up, and we turn the main light off in the evening to make it even more exciting – for a minute or two, we just use the light of the brush.
As a nearly-two-year-old, she loves being awkward and saying no, but so far – touch wood – this toothbrush has changed toothbrushing time from a stressful time of day to a fun one. And maybe she’s finding she also likes everyone saying how great she is for brushing her teeth.