22mo son wont brush teeth

Linda - posted on 06/08/2011 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My 22 month old son throws a fit when i go to brush his teeth. I basically have to hold him down and force his mouth open. I hate doing this and feel really bad about it but i worry so much about his teeth. My husband had to get dentures at the age of 26 & at the age of 25 i have already had 6 back teeth pulled. I dont want my son to have to go through that so i dont know if im over reacting about his teeth or it im doing the right thing by forcing him to brush. Does anyone have an opinion or advice to give?

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Kellie - posted on 06/16/2011

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My son was the same way until I bought him an electric Pooh toothbrush...that has made all the difference!

Heather - posted on 06/14/2011

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Are you using the kids Oral B toothpaste? Try the kind with Little Bear on the front, it's very mild tasting. Then also try just doing a very small amount of toothpaste on the toothbrush, then tell him that it's time to brush his teeth and make them clean or give them a bath, whatever term you want to use. Then just brush one tooth or two, and be done. Tell him, "All Done. Good Job! Thank you for letting Mommy brush your teeth buddy! See, that didn't hurt at all." Keep trying to brush a few teeth at a time, two to three times a day and keep trying. Sooner or later, he will let you brush all of his teeth. You could also get him a toothbrush with his favorite cartoon character on it and let him hold it while you brush his teeth with another toothbrush. Make it fun, make it a game, sing a silly song. All of this will help, keep encouraging him and keep your mood positive and happy, and he won't be so freaked out. He is feeling your anxiety and worry about his teeth when you go to brush him, and this is most likely why he is reacting like he is. I too, have a son who wouldn't let me brush his teeth until I started doing just a few teeth at a time! Now he let's me brush them with no issues at all.

Samantha - posted on 06/14/2011

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My mother got my son a child's an electric toothbrush with Spiderman on it, He won't keep the toothbrush out of his mouth now, I have to pry it from him, at first I begged her not to so he could get used to brushing but this gets the job done, maybe better. :) And when some other teeth were coming in he could just sit the toothbrush in that spot and drool away his pain, Hahahaha. Good luck!

Krista - posted on 06/14/2011

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Oh wow I'm sorry you have had this horrible experience :( I have been brushing my son's teeth since before he had them, at 4mos. There was a point when he was resisting, so I gave him an adult toothbrush to "do it himself", in the tub no less. This wasn't his "brush time" by any means but he loves having what Mommy, Daddy and Big Brother have so I figured, what's it going to hurt? It only helped. I approach brushing his teeth, now, as a fun, playful event. I don't want him to hate brushing his teeth. he loves his toothpaste.. he gets to pick out his toothbrush & put the cover on, and even loves to use the toddler flossers I have for him and I give those to him WHENEVER he asks... hey- if he's that excited to floss his teeth- WOO HOO to him! :) hahaha! I never force him, though- why do that? It will be a losing battle for everyone involved. I believe in positively approaching a situation. He lets me brush his teeth 3x a day, all teeth... I praise him on what a big boy he is, how he's just like big brother or mommy or daddy, how his teeth are so beautiful... and the list goes on! LOL :D I sincerely hope that anything I do may help you out with your son (mine is 23 mos)... it will get better :) Good Luck with everything, Linda!!! :D

Samantha - posted on 06/14/2011

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my daughter loves to brush her teeth everytime she sees her toothbrush she wants to at first i let her do it herself she has an electic one that she picked out, maybe let him pick a toothbrush with a cartoon or something he likes on it

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I've had to put my son in the headlock position a couple of times, but if he's doing it with me, he is usually alright and I do a more thorough brushing once I finish with my own. Also, we use baking soda to brush our teeth, so I don't worry about all the chemicals and other junk that he might swallow. He only gets a extremely small amount on his toothbrush so it won't hurt him and he seems to like the salty taste. :)

Lissy - posted on 06/11/2011

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I bought my son a toothbrush that lights up. This distracts him from what I am doing. I let him brush them first while I brush mine at the same time. Then I turn the lights on his toothbrush and tell him it is Mommy's turn. I have him rinse like me and everything. This has helped but we still have our days where I feel like I need a crowbar to pry his mouth open. Hang in there ..... it is just one phase to another!

Linda - posted on 06/11/2011

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Its good to know im not alone as well hopefully it will get better as they get older

Liz - posted on 06/11/2011

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Wow Linda I am feeling so much better! Your situation sounds identical to mine. Here I was thinking that i am such a monster and I do worry that he will be 'traumatised' by me forcing him. I also let him start (without toothpaste) and he brushes the front and then just sucks on the brush. Then I try to get him to laugh to get in there properly. Then I do a final brush with a dot of paste. Unfortunately I am often reduced to the headlock position and when my husband is around to help one of us hold him while the other brushes. Thank you for posting this now I feel normal again :)

Linda - posted on 06/10/2011

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Yes i always let him do it first & i do it with him but he mainly sucks on the tooth brush some times he gets the front teeth but never the back ones

Janet - posted on 06/10/2011

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do you let him brush them himself at all? We started with letting our daughter brush her own, quite a while ago now, and we would brush our own teeth with her in a mirror so she can see how to do it. She would never let us brush hers so this is how we started. Now we let her brush "by self" (as she says) first then we finish after she's done. She still has her moments where she nearly refuses to let us do it but since most days are good on the really bad ones we let it go with just her doing it because we do it twice a day at least once we get a good brush in

Karli - posted on 06/10/2011

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My daughter was about the same age as your son and she did understand about the sugar bugs. You can give it a shot, it may just work.

Linda - posted on 06/09/2011

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Might have to use that sugar bugs line when he is older. Sounds like a good way to explain it for a kid to understand. Just wish he understood now cause i dont want him thinking im torturing him.

Karli - posted on 06/09/2011

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Hello, I have literally put my daughter into a headlock on the floor and waited for her to cry so I can brush them. My father is a dentist and says that it doesn't cause them pain they just don't like it. I now tell my daughter that she has sugar bugs on her teeth and we have to brush them off or the bugs will eat her teeth. I know it sounds evil and cruel but she opens her mouth and I can get them brushed properly.

Xandria - posted on 06/09/2011

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Just keep it up. He could be teething and it hurts him but it should get better, My daughter hates having her teeth brushed but we do it. I figure she'll get over it one day.

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