Tuesday, January 15, 2008


Little boy Calder does not like brushing his teeth.

We know this is not unusual.

We brush them while he protests. Sometimes with a soft cloth and sometimes with a kids toothbrush while showering him with positive comments. He doesn't enjoy it. But we can't let his teeth suffer, or his health at all, for that matter, just because he'd rather not brush.

Often times he'll mimic one of us brushing. It's a really good sign. But he's not a thorough brusher on his own, to say the least.

Does anyone have any good ideas for making this more tolerable (or even fun(?!) for the little guy?


Rebecca said...

We bought an electric toothbrush for my son to use. He likes to watch the brush spin. I think to an extent it is a dexterity thing - once my son could control the brush and get it into his mouth and not all over his face, he enjoyed brushing his teeth himself a lot more. Somewhere I heard about the "sugar bug" trick - I let DS brush his teeth and then I swoop in with the brush to get the "sugar bugs" since I could see them and he can't (no mirror). This works about 50% of the time.

Briana said...

we started by singing songs during toothbrushing. "This is the way we brush our teeth, brush our teeth, brush our teeth. THis is the way we brush our teeth, right beforeour bedtime." It helps distract and also gives a sort of predictable time when the brushing will be over. Our boy never fights us about it now and we have graudated to counting to 30, and then he brushes his own for ten.