15 month old and teeth brushing.

Mary - posted on 09/21/2010 ( 60 moms have responded )

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I have the hardest time brushing my 15 month old's teeth. Any suggestions?

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Lady Heather - posted on 09/21/2010

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I've tried to make it something fun. I brush my teeth at the same time, and while I'm doing that I let her take control of her toothbrush. She likes to do what I do so that works to keep her happy so I can get in there and do the proper job after. We also sing a tooth brushing song that we made up. Songs can get her to do most anything. Except face washing. She HATES that.

Sinead - posted on 06/24/2011

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Using a song with my daughter nearly 18 months. It's to the tune of row,row your boat. Brush brush brush your teeth,Tongue and gums too,scrub a dub,scrub a dub,that's the thing to do!! Can't promise anything but she loves it!!!

Clare - posted on 09/22/2010

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I was told by my dentist that the main point of brushing teeth at this age is to get the babies used to it and make it fun. If they don't get all the teeth brushed "properly" not to worry (my LO has 24 teeth already!) but to familiarise her with the brush and taste. It may help to have a spare brush that you keep for playtime only (in the bath, in the play pen) so you can have it as a bit of fun too, and to try without paste until LO gets used to the sensation in his/her mouth. The more stressed you get about it, the less likely LO is to let you do it and the longer the fight will go on..... if we can get them involved and having fun by the age of 2 we are much less likely to be fighting them at 8 when they have their adult teeth!

Ashley - posted on 09/21/2010

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Im kind of with Heather on this one. Right now its all about imitating with my son. whatever we do he wants to do. And he has always loved getting our tootbrushes out of the drawer in our bathroom and he'll walk around the house with one in his mouth moving it around, but he didn't want me helping him. So now we do it together. I give him his toothbrush with his baby toothpaste and then I have mine with my toothpaste and he loves it. I usually help him out there at the end, but he really feels big.

Tracey - posted on 09/21/2010

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No suggestions from me! I have to pin him down (literally) and brush his teeth. He hates it. I have found that it is getting better since I make it a nightly ritual, but he still hates it!

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Murielle - posted on 07/05/2011

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my 18 month old daughter hates it too. We went trough stages, firstly she would only let me brush her teeth when she was allowed to brush mine at the same time. Now I let her use my electric tooth brush with a new brush head and she loves it, also this is much faster

Kelly - posted on 06/24/2011

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im totally the oppisite my 2yr old has been having his teeth brushed since he got his first tooth ive always let him play with the brush in the bath so now when we brush our teeth he cries when we finished i have a battle to get the brush of him im trying to master the spitting process now instead off swallowing the paste... good luck ppl xx

Caitlyn - posted on 02/03/2011

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I figured out my daughter will let me brush her teeth if I sing the tooth brushing song I made up. It's to the tune of Row Row Row Your Boat. Brush, brush, brush your teeth get them nice and clean gotta make them pearly white so we can eat ice cream. We sing the song three times while brushing her teeth and that helps get them all

Candel - posted on 02/01/2011

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@ ashley, i started off doing the same thing as well ... now my daughter does it herself after her bath ... i finish off at the end, but she's not as against it as she was when i thought it was best if i did the whole thing

Andrea - posted on 01/21/2011

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some times i try to just be patient and make a song to help them brush there teeth, make it sound fun, so they will want to brush teeth. i tell my girl to go ahh.. and so on .. and i am also doing it as well. but at the same time i am making weird noices and making funny facess to openn her mouth, and this works for me.. b4 i used to let her brush her own teeth but then it was not working so yeah thats what i did and it works like a charm. then i can get her teeth clean. my baby is 19 months.

Amanda - posted on 01/17/2011

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I brush my sons in the bath tub, I do a good job then let him chew on it and play with it. He loves brushing his teeth.

Inaharta - posted on 01/11/2011

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my daughter is 19mths old n yes having the same problem. it started great but when i tried to put the kids toothpaste, she banned tooth brushing till now. so now i didnt use the toothpaste, n brush her quickly while hugged her from the back. she likes eating, has almost full set of teeth n i don't care if she cries as long as it cleans.:)

Mary - posted on 01/10/2011

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Our son was the same way...till one night his dad used our sonicare toothbrush on him, and he LOVED the feeling of the vibration. He started giggling and now loves it when we brush his teeth, so we got him his own vibrating toothbrush!

Ashley - posted on 01/10/2011

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My son now loves to brush his teeth. I used to have a hard time with him especially since he likes to bite me. I let him brush his teeth on his own wish is more chewing the tooth brush then anything then followed up with me brushing his teeth. after doing that a few times he now lets me brush his teeth first. Also make it a game making them laugh always helps. shoeing hime how to say awww and cheese and making it fun makes it so he just opens wide and his teeth are mine to clean. it gets easier just keep it routine

Margaret-Ann - posted on 01/04/2011

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I've brushed my LO teeth from before she even had any. My health visitor encouraged it. She lets me brush all her teeth knowing that she's going to get to do it herself when mummy's done

Sandi - posted on 01/03/2011

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My son is 18 months and hates anything to do with brushing his teeth. He gets excited watching me and my husband brush our teeth but will only put the tooth brush in his mouth for a second or two and then throws it. I have also tried to use a washcloth with water and the gum brushes but the min it is in his mouth he bites me - really hard! I thought that with time it would get easier only now in the last month the min his tooth brush is in his mouth he throws up. Not just a little but a lot! I feel terrible that his teeth are not being brushed but feel worse when I try to make it fun only to have him throw up. His doctor told me to just keep trying until he is desensitized to the whole process. Has anyone else had this problem? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Maya - posted on 11/01/2010

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oh mine is different she want to brush ever time we go to the toilet.maybe 4 or 5 time a day she adore toothpaste i think its dangerous for her

Ava - posted on 10/27/2010

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I get that fluoride free toothpaste from Orajel with a picture of Abby Kadabi on it, berry flavored, and the accompanying small toothbrush. Lexi likes the taste so much she JUMPS whenever I say 'brush your teeth?'.

Sara-Jane - posted on 10/25/2010

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my son never gave me an issue brushing his teeth, i think he likes the taste of the tooth paste. i bought him the oragel training toothpaste fruit flavour. I'll say "lets brush our teeth" and he goes right to the bathroom. He's even started wanting to brush his own teeth. I do sing barneys teeth brushing song and dance, and he thinks thats funny. Also i bought him a tooth brush that lights up for and flashes for the length of time you're suppose to brush your teeth. Im all about gimmicks right now with him!

Natasha - posted on 10/06/2010

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Like ashley said just give him the brush when i'm brushing mine and he usually imitates. When he's done I finish up. It's usually the top ones I have to do. The trouble is getting the brush away from him!

Jennifer - posted on 10/05/2010

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My 16y/o daughter started helping my 15month old son. We have a full lenght mirror in the bathroom and she sits on the floor w/ him in front and "brushes" her teeth and he copies her. He mostly chew the brush w/ his front teeth but he's getting a good start.

Al-grace - posted on 10/04/2010

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I started my baby girl Alisa when she was One year old cause she is everywhere I go in our place and when I'm getting ready to work, she there watching every move I do even brushing my teeth so she got curious that time, since then I bought her her own toothbrush but I don't use baby toothpaste yet only water and I tell her to open you mouth like this and she follow me and I brush her teeth cause if I just let her do it her self she would just bite the brush and take all out and one time a piece of the brush got stuck on her teeth she keep throwing up the whole time. Now when she wake up and before going to bed, when I tell her lets go brush your teeth now?, she understand and she gets up her feet and she would go towards the bathroom door and wait for me there. It's so fun teaching kids how to be grown ups...

Mpolokeng Engelinah - posted on 10/04/2010

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I too, i brush my teeth and he will want to bush his too at the same time, and when im done i'll ask him to help him & get in there and do the proper job after

Bryanna - posted on 10/03/2010

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My son loves brushing his teeth also, he sits on his stool and brushes them, then he lets me brush them...but only for a few seconds. I saw some posts where their child walks around the house with their toothbrush. This is very very dangerous. Even if your child is sturdy on their feet doesn't mean they don't have accidents. Always make sure your child is sitting while brushing or has a spoon or anything.

Cheryl - posted on 10/03/2010

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I am pretty similar to a lot of people, but I give my daughter her toothbrush and I brush my teeth at the same time. When I am done I then put on the finger toothbrush and brush her teeth while she continues to hold her child size toothbrush. The only thing i am starting to experience is she kinda bites me know while I brush.

Sophie - posted on 10/02/2010

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my little man loves having his brushed, he even goes to the bathroom when i say it! but i started brushing them when he was 4 months, when his teeth started coming through, i think doing it with them makes them want to do it

Amy - posted on 10/01/2010

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I just had this conv. with my pediatrician. My 15 month old fought me tooth and nail. He said that I might be putting a little too much tooth paste on the brush. I thought I was putting a small amount, but started putting even less on it, and we haven't struggled since. He said that even though its baby toothpaste if there's too much toothpaste on the brush it can actually sting their gums. Like I said brushing her teeth is a breeze now. I also try to brush my teeth with her. Good luck hope this helps

Larissa - posted on 10/01/2010

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My son loved brushing his teeth until recently. He used to open his mouth as soon as he saw his toothbrush, but lately he closes his mouth and pulls his head away. I have to fight him on it, but I don't give up until I fell I've brushed all of his 8 teeth :)

Marivic - posted on 10/01/2010

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my son 1 yr old 3 monhts like to brush his teeth when he saw me brushing my teeth he will get his toothbrush and brush his teeth

Radha - posted on 09/30/2010

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i started to brush my doughter teeth since she was 12 month :)
i must show my teeth 1st n then she will show her teeth.. so i can brush her teeth :)
and she laugh at me :)

Tracy - posted on 09/30/2010

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We brush teeth right after the bath so we actually wrap her in her towel so her arms are tucked in. I keep my mouth open saying ahhhhh and also tell her "mommy first". Then after I am done, I untuck her arms and it's her turn. It's working so far;)

Lauren - posted on 09/30/2010

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We had difficulty getting our 15mo. to brush her teeth too. My sister-in-love suggested we get a child's electronic toothbrush. Fortunately, Target sold a Hello Kitty spin brush. Now my daughter loves brushing her teeth. She does it herself with me in the morning, and we assist her in the evening. We use the baby orajel toothpaste and try and keep it fun. It's not always the most enjoyable time, but she knows she needs to brush and the spinning brush really keeps her interest. She also loves Hello Kitty! Hope that helps =)

Chandra - posted on 09/29/2010

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I use the finger brush still and the baby toothpaste with no fluoride and he likes it and has pearly whites!

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We say 'teeth' and point to our teeth in the living room and he points to his and takes himself to the bathroom. He climbs my step ladder (I am a shortie) and stands at the sink. Loves this. We have three toothbrushes, two for him to hold and suck and chew on and the third for dad to poke in and brush. We are not too fussed at this stage whether we are doing a good job or not, it's the ritual that's more important. He does have fussy days but mostly he is very good. He then won't let go off the brushes and holds them while he is reading his book in his room.

REBEKAH - posted on 09/29/2010

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I have to force my son to brush his teeth. I also had to force my daughter. She is now 2 and brushes her own teeth just fine. Push through. Brush them more often. My son likes to chew on his toothbrush so I let him teethe on it and it is less stressful after that. Plus I am confident that he is getting a decent amount of his own "brushing" done.

Mindy - posted on 09/29/2010

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We usually brush teeth after bath so we wrap our 15 mo old daughter's arms in her towel and lay her on my lap(kinda like laying in a dentist chair) and she loves *and asks to* brush her teeth so much more now that we got the mild fruit flavor baby-safe tooth paste and a kids crayola spinbrush electric toothbrush (small brush head).

Andrea - posted on 09/29/2010

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Make it fun, and get a toothpaste that tastes good. I brush my son's teeth first, then give him the toothbrush. He loves it, but sometimes I have a hard time getting the toothbrush back :)

Lyla - posted on 09/29/2010

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My Son is usually good i let him do what he can first then i help finish but there times he refuses so i usually in fun let him fall back onto my knee which is elevated on tub so he laughs then i brush his teeth i do that over agin till we r donre

Rachael - posted on 09/28/2010

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Try a washcloth. They might bite down, but it's quick. I do that with my son, then brush the front of his teeth a little, then give him his toothbrush to chew on (he loves that!). He doesn't let me brush the part of his teeth facing inside even though I show him when I brush my own teeth, which is what the washcloth is for. I got that tip from my uncle (dentist).

Lacee - posted on 09/27/2010

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Make it fun. Let them brush their own teeth first and then you come in and really do it. Or vise versa. It worked for my 15 month old son who know does it everyday with no problem.

Nina - posted on 09/27/2010

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Logan used to loooove having his teeth brushed (he would squeal at the mere sight of the toothpaste tube), however now he's growing molars he lets out quite the scream about it! I try and brush his teeth slowly, patiently!, and gently. Then I give him the toothbrush and he takes over for a little bit on his own. :)

Julie - posted on 09/26/2010

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It was such a surprise to me how easy it was when i gave teeth-brushing a whirl with my 1yr old. Maybe i just got lucky, but normally he won't even let you look in his mouth or feel for new teeth. One day at Babies R Us i saw a Sesame Street finger brush (brush is plain gray) with Baby Orajel tooth and gum cleanser in one. It was an immediate success and i would highly reccomend it! Just be prepared for an occassional bite from your little one :) Good Luck to you!

Jessica - posted on 09/26/2010

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I agree with Heather, my toddler tries to brush her teeth while everyone else is brushing. We use the oragel toothpaste for her, and do anything you can to make it fun. As others have suggested a teeth brushing song is a good way to make it fun. Of course, you want to make sure their teeth are done right, so you can check them afterward, but letting them try on their own first is sometimes all it takes to stop the battles.

Melissa - posted on 09/25/2010

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I've been signing her a song ''Brush, brush, brush, we brush our teeth, the ones in the front, the ones in the back, and so on''. When she sees the toothbrush, she thinks it's a fun game, she takes it right away, starts brushing her teeth, while singing the song :) So, I guess, just try to make a game out of it...I woudn't worry about getting it perfect for now...

Brenynn - posted on 09/25/2010

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my 15 month old likes getting her teeth brushed, but she thinksi just want to brush her tongue and its hard to get all of her teeth sometimes. i think when she watches me do it it helps her figure out what she needs to do, and she wants to be a big girl so she lets me.

Karyn - posted on 09/25/2010

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I used to fight with my son every night to brush his teeth, but then I discovered that if I sit him on the sink facing the mirror, and I stand behind him he's totally fine! That way he's distracted by watching himself in the mirror, and he can see what's going on. He also likes to hold my toothbrush while I'm brushing his teeth and pretend he's helping. Good luck!

Mary - posted on 09/25/2010

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I brush my teeth at the same time, which makes me son want to do it....and I usually just let him chew on the brush cause I know it feels good for him...If I get a good 3 strokes in on his teeth I feel successful!

Amanda - posted on 09/24/2010

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my daughter has always had a facination with tooth brushes, so brushing her teeth has always been easy. i agree though she loves to mimic me, so i let her brush her own teeh while i do mine, then i finish hers off for her. when im done, she smiles in the mirror and i say ooo sparkle sparkle, she giggles everytime

Megan - posted on 09/24/2010

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I have to hold him down at first, but after the first brush he quits fighting. I try to sing a silly song "brush brush brush, brush this way, brush that way" haha I think right now at 15 months it feels good to him because he is teething. I'm sure it will soon change.

Monica - posted on 09/24/2010

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We let my son brush his own teeth, hes only got 7 front ones, no molars yet so i find even if he just chews on the brush it still cleans it, although once a day i will get him to say ahhh and he open up long enough for me to give them a few strokes, but he chews on it 2-3 times a day...i think its kinda cute actually...

Laura - posted on 09/24/2010

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I started brushing her teeth while she took her bath and she loved it... now she tries to brush her own teeth...

Kim - posted on 09/24/2010

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My 15 month old is also difficult at times when I'm trying to brush his teeth. He used to be worse though. I usually just try to make him laugh, he thinks its funny when I knock on the bathroom mirror (don't know why that's funny, but ok). So when he's laughing I quickly get some brushing in! We also usually say EEEEEHHHH and AAAAAHHHHH so he will do the same. He's getting much better, thank goodness.

Amber - posted on 09/23/2010

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i use the baby orajel toothpaste. I let him hold his own toothbrush and let him taste the paste is sweet to him and it ok for them to swallow it then i let him watch me brush my teeth and he follows then i change his tooth brush around so i know he getting the top and bottom of his mouth and sometime i help him move it around and let him finish on his own he feels very accomplish

Kylie - posted on 09/23/2010

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yes serenity was the same initially she was fabulous first with letting me use a washer then with the toothbrush..however she then became a nightmare and refused to let me near her mouth. I have found that brushing my teeth with her she loves to copy everything so she brushes her teeth with me it seems to work really well... good luck with your little one xx

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