Brushing teeth??

Chloe - posted on 03/05/2011 ( 18 moms have responded )

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How do you teach an infant to spit?? I bought toothpaste yesterday and it says avoid kids swallowing? How do I teach him to spit it out? Are any other mums trying to teach there
bubs too?

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Charleen - posted on 03/16/2011

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You do not want to give children under 2 kids toothpaste get the training toothpaste by orajel it is safe for them to swallow and believe me teaching them to spit right now at that age may not be a good idea i taught my daughter because i didnt know about the toothpaste thing either and she still spits on things today because you should teach them how to spit out water first and then they spit out everything. including spit. so just wait until they are a littl e older and teach them only spit in the sink and make it outside too just in case they throw up in their mouth and need to spit it out. gross i know but some kids will say but i have to spit only here and then you have a whole new problem. but i would do it just like you potty train have them aim it somewhere and let it go and show them how you spit too they enjoy it and then they know it is ok. i hope this helps

Krista - posted on 03/17/2011

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Orajel makes special toothpaste for training your kids to brush their teeth. It's not harmful if it's swallowed. I believe it's called Little Bear or something like that. Check it out!

Kristy - posted on 03/05/2011

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Depending on the age, our son is one and we have been brushing his teeth since he was 3 months old (he took over his own teeth "brushing" at 6 months) I know the toddler toothpastes are great until they learn to spit it out, and for a little boy Im sure his daddy will be more than willing to teach him how to spit :) Lol!!

Katie - posted on 03/28/2011

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i use baby toothpaste which is ok for swallowing! We have a little routine where my eldest son and my 13 month old both brush their teeth together. The baby walks to the sink and gets on his stool and then i brush his teeth. Normally i tell him.. mummy will do it first then you can have a go. I He tilts his head back and looks up at me and i lift up his top lip and brush while quickly counting to 5 then we have a weeny break then we do it again. We do it a total of three times on the top and three on the bottom. We have tooth number 8 on the wat through. He likes the quick counting and laughs. Then i give him the brush and he puts it in the water and sucks the water off and does this over and over till my eldest is finished and then he puts his brush down and on we go!

Charleen - posted on 03/16/2011

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chloe only toddler toothpaste it safe to swallow and it will say it like it comes in characters like thomas the train and little bear

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Charleen - posted on 03/25/2011

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2 vera ya i understand stubborness in young ones my son is really stubborn now especially when it comes to helping him pick somethin up or something and then it is the feeling of my lil baby is growing up no not again lol i wish we could keep them lil for longer lol

Vera - posted on 03/25/2011

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Thanks Charleen for the good ideas. I'll try one tonight and pick up another brush this weekend and try the other. She is a stubborn toot... doesn't want mommys help!

Charleen - posted on 03/25/2011

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@vera and fiona
My son wants to do it himself so I keep telling him just let mommy do it then you can do it yourself and let him brush a little (chew on the brush by himself) my daughter didnt care who did it as long as they were brushed but my son really wants to do it himself so i have one brush for him to chew on in the high chair and i have one that he doesnt get to touch. Also have them hold the brush and you hold over their hand and see if that works

Vera - posted on 03/25/2011

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"Fiona McEwen -
Anyone got any tips on actually brushing? My one year old just wants to do it himself and when I try to brush his teeth I have to try to hold both his arms to stop him grabbing it, and then he bites on the brush so I can't do anything. I usually just give him the brush to play with, in the hope that chewing it for a while might clean his teeth a bit... "

I am having almost exactly the same problem with Allie....

Charleen - posted on 03/22/2011

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@marie key I dont know how old your baby is but using adult toothpaste on their teeth under about 2 or 3 is bad for thier teeth because hte enamel hasnt hardened yet and it could damage their teeth or cause calcium build ups that can soften quickly and cause cavities easily. I know this only because of the dental problems I had when I was much younger so just be careful.

Gayle - posted on 03/18/2011

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My dentist told us not to use flouride toothpaste at all. It is not good for the little ones and to not give them the tooth brush because they could jab it down their throats very easiley. I brush my 1 yr old my self and I tell her to smile real big like a chesser cat. and I start brushing. She has 12 teeth now so we have been doing this for a while. Just use the training stuff and keep on trying they will get used to it.

Fiona - posted on 03/17/2011

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Anyone got any tips on actually brushing? My one year old just wants to do it himself and when I try to brush his teeth I have to try to hold both his arms to stop him grabbing it, and then he bites on the brush so I can't do anything. I usually just give him the brush to play with, in the hope that chewing it for a while might clean his teeth a bit...

Marie - posted on 03/17/2011

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We brush our lite ones teeth with toothpaste, then rinse of the toothpaste and brush a coupld of times with just water to get rid of the most of the toothpaste, then hetakes over! Hope that helps.

Tara - posted on 03/15/2011

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They can swallow flouride free toothpaste, do not use toothpaste with flouride, until they can spit, about 3 yrs old

Erin - posted on 03/07/2011

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we got into the habbit of brushing our teeth with the kids and showed them how to spit we found it the best way as they wanted to be just like us and copied what we where doing we haven't had any problems

Lisa - posted on 03/07/2011

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If you have the toddler or baby toothpaste it doesnt matter if they swallow it. I just use water and the toothbrush to brush my 1 yr old daughters teeth but she only has 4 and they are only about a quarter of the way through!!

Chloe - posted on 03/07/2011

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Yeahh my son is one. I just wanna get into good habits now. Lol so if he swallows it it doesn't matter too much!

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