Let me tell you how much Bug likes to brush his teeth. Oh, wait. He doesn’t. He would rather nobody touch his mouth. Or his toenails, but that’s a whole different post.
When he was big enough to hold a toothbrush and successfully get it into his mouth, I got him a little baby one. He was cool with using it himself and ok with me brushing his 4 teeth.
Then, Mommy got an electric toothbrush and Bug no longer wanted to use his plain, regular toothbrush. So, I got him a kid electric one. He thought it was beyond awesome. For like, 3 days. Mostly, he just liked turning it on and off. This was months ago… so you can imagine that the novelty has only worn off even more by this point.
I realize that the brushing of the teeth is very important for the future hygiene of Bug. Unfortunately, if I give him his toothbrush (which I do, every single day), he just sucks on it. No amount of me showing him how to go ‘ahhh’ and ‘eeehhh’ and singing idiotic songs and dancing around like a weirdo will get him to do anything but suck on the toothbrush. And then, oh and then, if I try to brush his teeth with his brush… no way, Jose. Not happening. Freak out, baby.
So, I’ve resorted to doing what I did when he was 7 months old and had only 2 teeth… wiping his toofers down with a washcloth. Which he still hates, but slightly less, so I can actually accomplish clearing the fuzz out of his mouth without a total tantrum or without him trying to bite me. For now.
Any tips on brushing a toddler’s teeth????? (Yes, that totally deserved five question marks.)