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20 month old suddenly refusing teeth brushing?

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Dr. Michael Amster
Pediatrics
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In brief: Independence

Don't you just love it when your toddler decides to be independent? View it with some amusement, then brush his teeth anyways.
There are some things they get to control, and some they don't. If he won't brush his teeth on his own, then you can "aid" him in completing the task. He'll fight you i'm sure, but after awhile will give in when the routine is repeated.

In brief: Independence

Don't you just love it when your toddler decides to be independent? View it with some amusement, then brush his teeth anyways.
There are some things they get to control, and some they don't. If he won't brush his teeth on his own, then you can "aid" him in completing the task. He'll fight you i'm sure, but after awhile will give in when the routine is repeated.
Dr. Michael Amster
Dr. Michael Amster
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Dr. Harry Aronowitz
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Back off...

Then try an exciting new toothpaste or a new toothbrush.

In brief: Back off...

Then try an exciting new toothpaste or a new toothbrush.
Dr. Harry Aronowitz
Dr. Harry Aronowitz
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Dr. James Beck
Dentistry

In brief: Patience, repitition

A 20 month old can be pretty obstinate and not want to do anything.
But just like any hygiene regimen, you have to make your child brush. Sometimes it takes holding the child and just making them do it. I see children at the clinic who don't want cavities filled, but it has to be done. If you get into the habit of tooth brushing, your child will soon realize it has to be done.

In brief: Patience, repitition

A 20 month old can be pretty obstinate and not want to do anything.
But just like any hygiene regimen, you have to make your child brush. Sometimes it takes holding the child and just making them do it. I see children at the clinic who don't want cavities filled, but it has to be done. If you get into the habit of tooth brushing, your child will soon realize it has to be done.
Dr. James Beck
Dr. James Beck
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