brushing teeth

Tiffany - posted on 10/08/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )

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ok, be honest. how often do you brush your toddlers teeth? i try for once a day, after that last bit of food/ milk/ juice, just before bed. I have a toddler toothbrush that i let him chew on basicaly, then i have that baby finger brush, that i try to do, tho he has learned how to bite hard, and which teeth are the sharpest to use, and then the other little rubber toothbrush with "bristles" on each side. we normaly fight over the toddler tooth brush, and i have to have daddy hold him down while i scrub quickly. then i let him chew on either the toddler or the rubber one. it is a major hassel, and some nights i just dont remember or dont feel like the fight.

what do you do? i have tried the brush with me thing, not interested. he'll chew the brush for a sec, then throws it down. are your's brushing ( like really brushing) on their own, or you still have to do it?

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Amber - posted on 12/07/2009

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I'm so lucky I never had this problem. My husband picked up a brush called firefly at wal-mart it's made by dr fresh and around $1.00 as soon as my son saw the flashing light he went crazy for it. He's not the best brusher but he has an interest in it atleast.

Heidi - posted on 11/09/2009

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Mine is a fan sometimes, other times not so much! LOL We do brush her teeth after bathtime. I try to do it in the mornings too but that doesn't always work out. She doesn't always like it, but we try to let her do it first. She loves rinsing her brush and putting it away. It's a start!

Penny - posted on 11/06/2009

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My 21 mo old loves to brush, she asks any time we are in the bathroom. She really does a pretty good job by herself, but I still follow up after to make sure she got them all. We were at the pediatric dentist yesterday and he said we should be using regular adult toothpaste not the toddler kind. He said just the tiniest smear on the brush, that way it will better protect her teeth, but give her no more fluoride than a supplement when she swallows it. He also said I need to stop breastfeeding, which I am going to ignore. Maybe dentists and pediatricians should talk to each other.

Desiree - posted on 11/06/2009

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My son is used to his tooth brush he had 4 teeth at 4 months so I pretty much started then with just a toddler brush and water. Now we brush during his before bed bath and he likes it but I need to try to get a good once over before he starts trying to "help" or take over the brush. He is actually not that bad he does try to brush but does still chew a bit. My problem is that we started using training toothpaste after his first birthday but he won't spit he just wants to eat and suck it off the brush not too sure what I can do about that one???

Krista - posted on 11/05/2009

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well. i try to do it twice a day.. but usually it ends up only once.. my 2 yr old likes to just eat the toothpaste off the brush.. but just recently iv got him to actually brushing... i just take him in there with me while i brush mine.. and try and get him to copy me but sometimes i do have to hold him down and for a 2 yr old.. omg he is a strong lil stout... i would not have ever imagined that... but now iv got that child safe mouth wash so iv got him using that too.. you just can force them to do wut they dont want to do.. but just keep working with them...

Laura - posted on 11/05/2009

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Hi, I asked the dentist when my daughter was a toddler and he advised once a day for 45 secs was enough. The saliva/drool in their mouths, while they are teething, helps protect their teeth.



i brush their teeth first and then let them try to do it for a while after



laura

Barbara - posted on 10/31/2009

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We used to struggle to get our son to brush his teeth, but I think we've figured it out. The more we held him down and forced the issue, the more he struggled and disliked the toothbrushing. We kind of made it a rule that we wouldn't do that. Now, we brush his teeth when we brush ours, and make sure he understands that it is something that everyone needs to do,and then we make it into a game. We say silly stuff and make sure to let him spit in the sink a lot. Sometimes he didn't go along with it in the beginning, but we kept after him without actually physically restraining him, and eventually he would let us do a little more and more each time. Each time he let us do anything at all we made a big fuss telling him what a good job he did, and then we'd move on and stop pestering him. Now he lets us brush his teeth really well twice a day and doesn't mind at all. Hope this helps!

Pam - posted on 10/31/2009

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We usually try to brush Lucas's teeth before he goes to bed. It's a struggle, and I usually have to hold him tight while I try and get as much brushing done as possible. I've heard that you should brush children's teeth for them until age 7 as before then they aren't capable of doing it properly enough.

Shelley - posted on 10/23/2009

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Firstly, thank you for posting this!!! i was just wondering the same thing myself this morning, so it's nice to see what other moms have to say. I try to stick to having him brush his teeth with either my or my husband when we wake up, but it doesn't always happen (mayb 75% of the time), and at night during or after his bathtime. He basically sucks on his toothbrush (and the yummy little bear or elmo tooth past), but there's not a whole lot of brushing going on. Recently he started letting me do it a little bit for him, but I don't force the issue. I think it's really good to get them used to the idea and the need to do it every day morning and night and as they grow older and more capable (closer to 3...?) to be more ademant about the actual brushing. He hardly ever has cancy or soda and if he does, only then I make sure that there's actually some brushing happening and not only 'sucking'. And another thing... I think that the variety or responses you got here, just goes to prove again, that each child is different and some things that are really easy with one are a struggle with another -- but eventually i believe it all evens out.

Dora - posted on 10/23/2009

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I haven't even begun because I'm already fighting to hold him down to change his diaper before bedtime. He laughs his head off while I struggle!!!

LEANN - posted on 10/21/2009

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i have no problem with timothy wanting to brush his teeth. he starts right after breakfast after lunch and nap and before bed.. he loves to brush his teeth.

Jennifer - posted on 10/20/2009

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My, now 20month old, boy loooooves to brush his teeth. He would walk around with all day if I would let him. I would have to say no, he is not brsuhing on his own. He just doesn't have that ability yet, heck my three year old is just now getting the hang of it. But always let them do it first and then go over it again yourself, that is my way of making sure they are brushed.

Jordan - posted on 10/20/2009

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Honestly, I've been slacking a bit. We had an awesome routine in place for the longest time of either brushing them while he was still in the tub or directly after. I'd brush them for him first and then let him get any spots i'd "missed" and then (his favorite part) rinse and spit but we had a big upset in our routine for a few weeks and it's been spotty since. I usually like to at least get him before bed each night, when he chomps down on the toothbrush I usually act really silly saying "ahhhh" so he'll so it and we can finish but what I've found to work the best? The toddler electric toothbrush! He loves it and actually wants to use it. Normally I do the first time without the training paste because he likes to try to eat it and it's very counter productive.

Deena - posted on 10/20/2009

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My son hates getting his teeth brushed! If I dare hold a toothbrush to his mouth he will either turn his head away or bite down on the toothbrush (and he doesn't let go until I give up). I just let him chomp on the toothbrush and call it a day. I'm sure it's not really accomplishing anything but at least I'm being proactive. His pediatrician already gave me a lecture about clean teeth but she also added not to stress out about it. For now I'm letting him warm up to it.

Lena - posted on 10/16/2009

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mine is 17 mths old and i sing a song with her but still do it for her but this relaxes her to open her mouth..i feel with a little mor e time she'll get it...and using Dora toothpaste helps :)

Sophie - posted on 10/11/2009

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I try to brush my daughter's teeth twice a day. Once in the morning and once before bed. It is often quite difficult for me as she always fights me on it. I usually just let her brush her teeth herself. She seems to enjoy it. She likes copying me when I do things so when I am brushing my teeth, I show her what I am doing. You can try to make it fun by letting your child brush your teeth while you try to brush theirs. Eventually, they will get the hang of brushing their teeth and will enjoy it. Having a fun toothbrush will help out a lot. If your child likes the way the toothbrush looks, he will be more likely to want to use it. Try finding a toothbrush with one of their favorite cartoon characters.

Sally - posted on 10/11/2009

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All my son wants to do is chew on the toothbrush and as he is so strong I can't get it off him for me to brush his teeth. I would rather him start by chewing it now and get used to a toothbrush that have probs later. I was told to let him stand with me in the bathroom when I am brushing my teeth (or anyone in the family really) and then gradually get him to do his teeth at the same time and copy what we are doing.

Johanne - posted on 10/10/2009

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Hello, My son is 19months old. I initially used a finger brush until he got teeth and was biting down. I then bought a regular toddler brush. I've been fighting with him since about 12 months. I know it's frustrating but I hold him on my lap, with head back and go to town. I always found by giving him the brush, it just caused more problems than anything, so I never let him use it.

I brush after breakfast and then after supper.

In the last week or 2, he's been giving me less of a hard time, just keep with it, he'll notice the routine will never stop and just stop crying.

Good luck

Georgie - posted on 10/08/2009

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hey i have the complete opposite problem..olly cries at naptime if he cnt brush his teeth on the way to his bedroom. i find that if you let them chew the brush for a while they get the hang of it. i taught olly by shaking my hed side to side (as if your saying no)but with toothbrush in my mouth eventually he caught on. i also bort toothpaste in that had iggle piggle on the front.so he showed interest then. he now even rinses his toothbrush n puts it in the holder.try doing it in the morning when hes not so tired..n persevere it will happen x

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