How do you brush your babies' teeth?

Alison - posted on 06/16/2010 ( 45 moms have responded )

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It is SOOOO HARD to brush Liv's teeth....IMPOSSIBLE. Does anyone know any tricks? What do you use?

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CARRIE - posted on 06/19/2010

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I use the Gerber Grins & Giggles Infant Tooth & Gum Cleanser. It doesn't have fluoride so it won't make babies sick. And it has natural fruit flavors. My son loves the taste. There is also a great teething ring from MAM called the bite and brush. It has a part that is like a tooth brush so when they chew on it, it helps clean their teeth. They sell them online and at Babies R Us.

Elke - posted on 06/25/2011

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My son is now 18 months old. His first tooth came around 4 months, he now has the all :-) Since the first beginning we have been struggling with brushing his teeth, we tried everything, singing, playing, paste, no paste, my brush, his brush, two brushes. Nothing worked Since two days, it' not a problem anymore because my mum gave me this tip. We bought him a kid's electronical toothbrush from 'Cars'. Oh waw! From the first second he loved the vibrating feeling on his gums! He lets me do his whole mouth and doesn't want me to stop. If anything else fails, you should really try this!

Roukaya - posted on 08/07/2010

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My son, 14months now didn't get his first tooth until 11months, I've always had problems brushing his teeth. I've tried jamming it in, he just squeezes his mouth shut as soon as he's got the toothpaste of it, he obviously likes the taste. I tried making it look fun when I brush my own teeth, but I'd didn't matter to him, mummy just looked funny. So everytime we go through the same routine, in the end I just let him play with the tooth brush, he chews on it, its in his mouth and I'm hopeing this will get him used to it.

Also I don't like giving kids electric tooth brushes, because I saw my cousins youngest son get angry at his older brother and put the tooth brush in his eye while it was spinning, the brush scrapped of so many protective layers in his eye and thats quite a bit of damage. The younger son was about 3 when he did it, so I wouldn't say they're safe for smaller kids and I wouldn't give one to a kid until theyre more responsible and have more control over their emotions.

Barbara - posted on 06/24/2010

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I am a dental hygienist and mom of a 12 month old, 4 and 6 yr old. Let her brush then you. Even if it is just chewing on it she is learning a good habit. It you dare to use a wash cloth you could do that. But your little one needs to know it will get done. It seems they go through phases where they fight you on brushing their teeth. Don't give up you will find the trick(music/electric tb/looking in the mirror/etc) that works for you. You have to win this one because she/you will not like what happens to her teeth if you don't. I've seen it. Good Luck.

Sara - posted on 06/22/2010

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We struggled with this as well, but after talking with the dentist, found out we were doing the best we could. He said that as long as we were offering the toothbrush to our daughter twice a day, that even if she was just chewing on it that was perfect. We use the baby toothpaste without floride, and she chews and chews away at it. We try to do this at the same time we brush ours or her brother brushes his teeth so she gets the idea. Better to have our children just chew on the brush at this age than not to do anything is my motto!

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Itrat - posted on 02/06/2014

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i place paste on my finger n gently move it on his teeth coz im scared of brush hardness. it may cause bleeding

Tiffany - posted on 09/14/2011

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We started brushing my son's teeth as soon as he got his first tooth. I was surprised that as he got older he hated having his teeth brushed. I use to hold him down because I just couldn't put him to bed thinking of all the sugars eating away at his teeth. FINALLY, a breakthrough recently. I feel so bad...I believe I had just been brushing his teeth too hard. Didn't seem hard to me, but he is smaller and thinking about it, it now makes sense. Mixed with fighting with him JUST to brush them it was probably a fairly easy mistake. Now I do it a little gentler and he again LOVES his teeth being brushed!

Vanessa - posted on 03/20/2011

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ive tried to brush my daughter and it never happened.. now when i go to do it with a wash cloth she will bit me or grind her teeth

Casey - posted on 07/02/2010

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My son has an electric toothbrush(the kids kind) and we use the baby toothpaste, i brush it real fast and then let him chew on it, and he laughs because it vibrates:)

Shannon - posted on 06/30/2010

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my daughter is 13 months and she loves getting her teeth brushed, i use little bears oragel training toothpaste and i let her suck on it for a minute after im done brushing, and it almost depends, she might still be teething and it hurts, all you do is try to make it a game. let her see the toothbrush and get comfortable with it

Ava - posted on 06/30/2010

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A flexible finger thimble kind of thing with bristles at the end with some non-flouridated toothpaste. Babies don't even notice and they like they taste.

Caroline - posted on 06/29/2010

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I have gone through this over and over with my son. At first, he loved it! We'd sing the ABC's so it kind of distracted him. Finally, my mother said one night while she was over and I was trying to explain "why" we brush our teeth-"You need to brush your teeth so they won't fall out like Charlie's did". He actually just "lost" his tooth-not because of a lack of brushing. Now we say, "you have to brush your teeth so that the germie guys won't come and take them"-he usually adds, "Like they took Charlie's?" I know it sounds cooky-and maybe it is, but it works for me! Now he comes running to me at night if I've forgotten and he does a great job on his own. He just turned 3. Hope that helps and doesn't scare!

Good Luck!

Marissa - posted on 06/28/2010

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The only trick I know, is that my son michael has had a step one toothbrush since he started teething, that he had teethed with...After his 4th tooth apeared I intruduced colgate childrens toothpaste (sml amounts) to the brush, he now looks forward to having his teeth cleaned every morning (He has a new toothbrush tho that we use).

Jamie - posted on 06/28/2010

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At first we used a litte tooth brush and that worked for like a week and then he just started bitting it and I couldn't get any brushing done! I would set him on the counter so he could see him self in the mirror and we would sing a song I made up about brushing your teeth..in the moring..in the night...blah blah blah until I felt I got them good enough. After he started bitting the tooth brush we got a brush that goes on your finger, that we a little easier, but he bit my finger and man, that hurts! My husband can do it better than I can, or can deal this the bitting pain better :) My advise is to be consistant with what and how you do it, and it will get better with time :) Good Luck!

Radha - posted on 06/28/2010

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i brush my doughter teeth with the tounge brush... and without the tooth paste yet, bcos she like to swollen tht.
maybe u can try the tounge brush too ^.^

Crystal - posted on 06/28/2010

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I sing "brush, brush, brush your teeth, brush them day and night, scrub all the germs away, keep them clean and bright." (tune to row row row your boat) when I sing this he focuses on my voice and not me brushing his 6 chompers! :)

Jill - posted on 06/28/2010

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I got Baby Anbesol tooth cleansing product. It's a little sleeve you put on your finger that has these soft rubber bristles. It has "tooth paste" as well that tastes really good. It must feel wonderful because Gavin simply loves it! Try that and I hope it works.

Theresia - posted on 06/28/2010

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Hi, I think try every trick, I love the showing Liv how you do it and then do hers or you let her do hers! For me my son is 1 and he loves imitating everything I do so brushing teeth combing hair its all goo with him!!!!!!! Hope the tricks and funny faces will do. Dont force though he will get used to eat one step at time!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Claudia - posted on 06/27/2010

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I also have the same problem with my baby, i dont know what to use to brush her teeth,any advice please it will really help.

Crystal - posted on 06/27/2010

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Just give her/him the tooth brush with tooth paste on it and let her/him chew on it for a while.... That't what I do

Naomi - posted on 06/27/2010

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I washed ethan's gums pretty much from the start, to get him used it the feel, and He loved that.. but as soon as I intro'd a toothbrush, he HATED it! I would try to get him at least to chew on it, got him this special silicone chewing one, .. yah he turned it around and chewed the wrong end! I was worried, cus his teeth were actually looking yellowed, I just tried to rub with the cloth which he allowed, but it didn't work as well. My friend mentioned how much her baby loved the non-flouride baby toothpaste. So I got him a new toothbrush, and baby toothpaste and I went through a whole routine, showed him the brush, put on the paste, wet it and after he tasted it he was WAY better. He fought the first time or two, but now loves to have his teeth brushed, I do it twice a day in his highchair (easiest to keep him sitting down) after meals, then rinse with a wet cloth that he sucks on. For us, the new toothpaste and making a big routine and production out of it, (I do it the exact same way every day) made the difference. no more yellow teeth!

Bryanna - posted on 06/27/2010

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our dentist suggested a 2 man method.. one of us holds him laying down on our lap with his head on our knees and holds his head while the other brushes his teeth. when I have him by myself i just give him a quick brush and lett him chew on the toothbrush while I brush my teeth

Sherelle - posted on 06/26/2010

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Pretty much what everyone else is doing, I sing a tooth brushing song, brush my own teeth in front of him and in between him trying to bite the brush I get in there and brush as best as I can. Right now he only has 7 teeth and he's been teething really bad so I also use the brush to massage his gums a bit. I use a training toothpaste by Colgate and the brush is an Oral B for ages 0-2.

Larissa - posted on 06/26/2010

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My son loves brushing his teeth. I have one of those rubber toothbrushes that you put on your finger and as soon as he sees it, he opens his mouth for me. Sometimes he bites down on it, but since he only has 7 teeth I can brush them just fine.

Rowan - posted on 06/26/2010

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I have been told that they only need a little brush and as long as you get some toothpaste in there then that is great! I brush Alfie's teeth when he is in the bathtub... but I don't want to be teaching him bad habits! Lol. :D

Shauna - posted on 06/25/2010

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my son just turned one today, and I got him this toothbrush called the banana toothbrush. He uses it, it is so soft, it's made of rubber! Best thing ever!

Charlotte - posted on 06/25/2010

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i started when roberts gums started to get hard so by the time his teeth came through he was used to the routine however as our not able to do that let he get used to it by letting he chew her tooth brush if you put a little bit of tooth paste on the brush you may find she gets them clean ish while chewing but once she used to the taste and feel of the brush it will be easier for you to brush them crorrectly.

Rachel - posted on 06/25/2010

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we use the spinning toothbrushes in front of her and she thinks its hilarious when we brush our teeth, so we get her one and she loves to chew on it when it is on. when she bites down on it, the spin does all the work!

Louella - posted on 06/24/2010

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well i started brushin my daughter's teeth i believe at 4 mnths after she got her 1st tooth. she is now 1 yr n 1 wk old n i bought her a new brush the 0-2 and the 0-2 toothpaste i just let her know im goin to brush your teeth now. n she does pretty good. w sittin still and letting me do.

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hi :) my boy has his own little toothbrush ( actually has 3 :D) I brush teeth with him ( I do mine and he plays with the toothbrush pretending that he's brushing :) ) when I am done and he doesn't want to play anymore then I take his toothbrush and he allowes me to brush his teeth ONLY if I have my mouth in big smile and I pretend that I am looking for something in his mouth :) that's fun and ALWAYS works :) xx

Rhonda - posted on 06/24/2010

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We gave Kira daddy's electric toothbrush, so even tho shes just chewing on it its still moving and getting the job done.

Marissa - posted on 06/24/2010

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I have been brushing my teeth in front of Aubrey since we was born. So, now she likes to try to do it herself. I let her play with it for a few minutes and then and I brush a little bit more to show her how to do it. I don't think it is that important right now to brush very effectively, just installing the habit and interest is most important.

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My son does an amazing job. I started brushing his gums early on. I also have one that he plays with while I do mine. Then I add a little of the infant toothpaste and he just loves it, the taste of the toothpaste and the feel of the tooth brush

Anita - posted on 06/23/2010

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I started brushing my son's teeth when he was only 10 months old (not with toothpaste) and made it fun by getting him different colour toothbrushes. He is now 22 months old and he looooves brushing his teeth, but now he demands toothpaste lol.

Samantha - posted on 06/22/2010

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i brush my sons teeth in front of the mirror so he can see himself and he laughs

Monica - posted on 06/21/2010

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I've give my son his own toothbrush and let him "brush" his teeth, he more or less chews it, but also moves it around so he kinda brushes. After a minute or so I take the brush and tell him to awwww and brush his bottom teeth and then awwww and the top and then let him finish brushing his teeth...he's gradually gotten better at moving the brush around in his mouth instead of just leaving it in one spot and chewing

Melissa - posted on 06/21/2010

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I have the "worlds softest toothbrush", he holds it himself and chews on it to clean, it is made of silicone. He loves it, and has been brushing his own gums/teeth since 5 months old. If i feel it has been too quick, I still use the finger brush. Both get the job done!

Richelle - posted on 06/21/2010

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For my son who is 1, I brush my teeth in front of him and act like it's tons of fun (smiling and laughing and sometimes doing a little funny dance) I also make all the "tooth brush faces" (putting my tongue out and showing my front teeth like a horse to show him what I'm doing in there, then I get his baby tooth brush ready and I make the "tooth brush faces" again and smile and he lets me brush his while he laughs cuz "mommy is silly". It's a lot of work but he's the size of a 2 year old so he can put up a good fight if he doesn't want to do it lol.

April - posted on 06/18/2010

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My son just tries to eat it! I manage to get a quick once over between him bites! For now, I guess that will do.

Lucy - posted on 06/17/2010

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I let him hold the brush he mostly chews on it but that's OK and then very quickly I brush them.

Lady Heather - posted on 06/17/2010

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We started brushing her gums really early so she would be used to it. We let her play with the toothbrush a little bit and then we sing a song about brushing teeth. She thinks it's a fun game now and will even brush them herself (although not that well).

Lyla - posted on 06/17/2010

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I let my son hold his tooth brush he thinks hes brushing i brush my teeth and he laughs then i also have a finger brush in which i use atthe same time he brushing then the job is done lol

Laura - posted on 06/17/2010

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at first my partner and i would go into the bathroom with the twins, go brush our teerth showing how nice it was, then we would do theirs...they know love getting their teeth brushed...

Emma - posted on 06/17/2010

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Tell me about it! Sometimes my daugher lets us brush her teeth other times she refuses. I never know whether I should force it or just leave it, if she is not in the mood I just give them a very quick brush. I find it is best to do it before she gets over tired and my husband found a wonderful way of distracting her - he lets her hold his toothbrush and brush his teeth while he brushes hers, he pulls funny faces and it distracts her so she forgets to make a fuss!

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i try and encourage my daughter by brushing my teeth with it and saying "brush brush brush" when we brush hers... sometimes she lets me... sometimes i have to squeeze her checks and just jam the tooth brush in there and do it as quick as i can.

we also have a tooth brush on the change table and the bath for her to play with. everytime she picks it but i say "brush, brush, brush" and get excited she is playing with it!

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