Trick to Brushing Baby's teeth?

Kkrjrpleggett - posted on 05/25/2012 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Anyone have any good tips for brushing my baby's teeth? He allows me to brush the front and back of his bottom teeth, but not his top two. Any advice? He is, of course, my first child. I want to instill good dental habits from the start. I personally was not raised with them, I didn't get my first tooth brush until I was a teenager. I will not allow my son to be raised that way. I let him play with a tooth brush and chew on the bristles through out the day so he is familiar with it. He just wont let me brush the top teeth.

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Michele - posted on 05/29/2012

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I bought a toothpaste with a finger toothbrush. Have you seen those? It is a rubber "finger" with a little brushy area that you slip over your finger. I started with this with the toothpaste (flouride free) and then let my little girl play with the toothbrush until she stuck it into her mouth. All this to say maybe this type of toothbrush will help you with those hard to reach/touch teeth!

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Kkrjrpleggett - posted on 06/07/2012

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Thank you ladies, for the suggestions. He does like to watch his daddy and I brush our teeth, and he plays with his toothbrush all the time. He is starting to try to brush his teeth with us. He still won't let me get his top teeth, but with how much he chews on his brush, I think they're getting clean-ish enough. :)

Rochelle - posted on 06/07/2012

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Awesome post as I was thinking the same thing. I let my 1yr old son play with his toothbrush throughout the day (its one of those Nuk brush sets cleaning & brushing trainers). He picks them up willy nilly.
Something you could try is let him see you brush your teeth as they tend to pick up & do things they watch. I have noticed in the past few days my son is trying to brush his teeth as I have let him sit on the bathroom bench and he watches me do mine.

Merry - posted on 05/26/2012

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Sounds like mine too. She has had sips of my juice but not much, and since her first birthday she's had a sweet here or there but I try to avoid it.
I think you're doing great to be so conscious of teeth health and I'm sure he will be just fine.
Many moms forget to brush babies teeth so you're already ahead of the game :)
I find my kids let me brush better if I make silly sounds while doing it. Bzzzzz. Shpshpshp. Ziggyziggyziggy. Etc. anything to get them to stop still for a second lol

Kkrjrpleggett - posted on 05/26/2012

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He doesn't get juice, but maybe once a day with breakfast, and then it's diluted 50/50. He doesn't get much sugar either. Once in a while as a treat, I'll give him something sweet, but other wise his sugars come from actual fruits.

Merry - posted on 05/26/2012

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I'd not worry too much, let him play with it and brush what you can without upsetting him. I think positive tooth brush association is more important then getting every tooth every time. :)
You can also use a wet washcloth and wipe off in his mouth.
At this age I've heard avoiding juice and any artificial sweets is much more beneficial then even diligently brushing so don't give those things and I'm sure he will have great teeth :)

Jennifer - posted on 05/25/2012

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I worked in a dentist office for quite awhile.. Keep doing what you are doing and get him use to it. He will eventually let you!

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