Toothbrushing in my household means one of two things: my toddler clamping down and refusing to let me anywhere near his mouth or him opening up just wide enough for me to sneak a toothbrush in before promptly proceeding to suck off all the toothpaste and chew the bristles. Neither situation is particularly conducive to good oral hygiene.
While there are some battles that simply aren’t worth waging (“Sure, you can wear your fireman costume to school today”), good dental habits are kind of a big deal—baby teeth need to be protected from cavities just as much as permanent teeth and getting your kid into a good tooth brushing routine now sets them up for success later. That’s why I embarked on a two-month journey testing out multiple brushes in an attempt to get my toddler to actually clean his teeth—or at the very least allow a toothbrush to go into his mouth for more than five seconds. And I am happy to report that I succeeded. Yes, it involved a little bit of wrestling (and a lot of toothpaste foam), but these seven toddler toothbrushes are totally kid- and parent-approved. If your toddler’s oral hygiene routine could use a helping hand, sink your teeth into this list of toothbrushes that will get you to the full two minutes (or at least pretty damn close).
Note: Some of the recommended ages for the brushes below are a little higher than my kid’s age (he’s currently just shy of 2 years old), but I checked with our pediatric dentist and she said they were A-OK to use, so you may want to reach out to yours if you have any concerns.