"Play" toothbrushing helps your toddler get used to the idea of brushing their teeth while working out their feelings about it. Buy some extra children’s tooth brushes and let your toddler brush their stuffed animals' or dolls' "teeth." Brush your child’s arm or ear. "Is this where I should brush?" Or let them brush your teeth to reverse the power dynamic and help them work out their feelings about it. This type of toothbrushing play releases their emotions so that instead of crying or feeling apprehensive, they are hopefully giggling. Read this great story by Hand in Hand about why doing this helps kids.