Brushing teeth

Beth - posted on 11/20/2008 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I've been having a tough time getting my little boy to sit still to have his teeth brushed. He did ok for a while, but now he really fights it. I don't want to make it such a struggle that he hates brushing his teeth, but I also don't want to give in have him end up with bad teeth. Any suggestions?

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I started when he was about 11 months... I just randomly created a song about brushing teeth and some how he like brushing his teeth. Also, I would make him laugh... then he has to open his mouth... and that's when I would brush his teeth... Oh another thing I tried was... I would say "Ahh" and pretend that I am brushing teeth... and he want to copy what I am doing, so eventually, he want to bruch. :)

Kalina - posted on 12/01/2008

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I just let Ray chew on his toothbrush. I put a bit of toothpaste on his brush and sit him in the tub and he chews on it! it works a charm

Tasha - posted on 11/30/2008

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I struggle with my daughter for a little bit then hand her the toothbrush. SHe is SO independent that it is hard sometimes. Maybe if I let her "pick out" the toothpaste she would be more apt- it was very different with my oldest who wanted me to brush her teeth.

Cheryl - posted on 11/26/2008

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Richie won't let me brush his teeth. When I brush mine, he wants his tooth brush so I let him chew on it for a bit. I'm hoping as he gets older it gets easier!

Kara - posted on 11/26/2008

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I have 2 toothbrushes for my daughter, one she carried around and just chewed on it and got used to and the other I keep up for teeth brushing. They were exactly the same toothbrush and I made sure to get the same color brush as my own and she would come into the bathroom while I brushed my teeth. After a couple days she couldnt wait to brush her teeth with " Mommy's toothbrush" :)

Christina - posted on 11/23/2008

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I brush Philip's teeth while he is sitting in the tub for bath time. I usually can get a quick brush across his teeth, then he takes over and chews on the brush for a while. I have not tried toothpaste yet, but I think I am going to start asap.

Shannon - posted on 11/21/2008

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Margaret, that toothpaste is the best. It is safe to swallow and the kids love the flavor!!

Shannon - posted on 11/21/2008

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There are some fun songs that can help. Jo Jo's Circus "Brush your teeth little lion" My kids love it. I sing it when they are brushing their teeth.

Jessica - posted on 11/21/2008

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I just give my son his toothbrush and let him chew on it for a while. I think it gets the job done.

AmyBith - posted on 11/21/2008

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i'm still having trouble too. i haven't tried to toothpaste, but i think i'm going to have to. but i also talked to a dentist friend who said not to freak out about it if he is drinking water at least once a day.

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I had an awful time also with my son. I found the toothpaste was key. I tried 3 different ones and he hated them. Then I found this Thomas The Train real kid toothbrush and gel (I think I bought it at Babies R Us) and I ask him to show me his teeth on the top then the bottom and now it works. I change up holding him v. letting him stand depending on his mood. My girlfriend has had luck allowing her son to do it himself.

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