Toddler Toothbrushing Tips, from Gangnam to Guantanamo
Humans (like you and i) have only two sets of teeth in their lifetime. Meanwhile lots of other animals have spares which can sprout back. Greedy alligators use up to 50 sets in their lifetime. So that’s probably why they don’t brush.
Scientists are busy trying to figure out ways to grow us new teeth, but in the meantime I suppose its best to look after the ones we have.
There are elaborate tooth brushes for adults. I was lucky enough to be given one of these Colgate ProClinical brushes, which leaves your mouth feeling like it has been excavated by a snow plough.
Our daughter quite liked her tooth brush as a baby, but now that she has better things to be concerned with (like chasing a fly around the bedroom), we’re starting to have trouble.
I took to twitter for advice. It’s the equivalent of googling “stomach pains” on google and hoping to get a sensible answer.
Some of the tips ranged from the sympathetic “carrot rather than stick” approach. Others were taken straight out of the Guantanamo Bay “how to” guide:
1. @BrendaBelfast went for the fear factor. “Show her pictures of rotten teeth and ask her does she want the same.”
Similarly @VivienneArkley said “threaten all her teeth will fall out otherwise. She doesn’t know that’s going to happen anyway…”
2. @rudedoodle suggested the “GANGNAM STYLE TOOTHBRUSH!”. It actually exists!
As cool as this sounds, I imagine it might wear very thin, very fast and become tortuous.
3. The sympathetic and maternal @DeadbeatMum suggested “tell them what to do and shout at them if they refuse!”
If this fails, her back up approach is ”shout louder. Or cry and say he/she is making you sad”
4. @CarolineKirk said “get them to copy you. i do a funny dance while chanting “up & down, left & right”… however she refused to provide a video demonstration.
5. Psychological strategies from @cdavidsonfit “tell them that under no circumstances should they brush their teeth.”
Any other tips?