Teeth brushing

Cat - posted on 12/05/2008 ( 58 moms have responded )

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Anyone tried to brush their little ones teeth yet? Because I have been trying and i think I am going to need mild sedative to get my daughter to do it!

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Beth - posted on 02/03/2009

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My daughter piper (15months) loves to brush her teeth. Training tooth paste taste wonderful! I let her try it on my finger and she loved the taste! has been brushing her teeth ever since! no fuss! Thats my advise! :)

Toccara - posted on 02/03/2009

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I have been brushing my sons teeth since he was 6 months.In the beginning there was always a closed mouth or alot of head turning now I sit him on the counter and he watches me brush my teeth. Then i give him a toddler toothbrush with a small amount of fruity toddler toothpaste on it. I hold his hand and allow him to help me brush his teeth while i sing the abc's. By the end of the song he claps and his teeth are clean without a hassle.

Kelly - posted on 02/02/2009

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It is a bed time ritual with Marilynn and I.  She understands everything i tell her to do.  When I say its night time and lets go brush our teeth with elmo, she knows she needs to go in the bathroom.  She will not let me do it but she does chew on the toothbrush which is better than nothing.

Kelly - posted on 02/02/2009

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My daughter LOVES to brush her teeth! She gets really mad when we take it away. We brush our teeth at the same time and she caught on after a day or so. We have to do a little brushing ourselves but she tries hard. We use the Oral B berry toothpaste.

Tracey - posted on 01/27/2009

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i give my son who's 15 months his tooth brush in the bath every night and just started to add tooth pasta he love's it

Summer - posted on 01/27/2009

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We use Oral B's toddler training toothpaste and brush. My daughter loves it (mainly because of the taste of the 'toothpaste"). I have her lie down on the changing table to do it. Makes the angles easier on me. I do have to move her lips with my fingers to get at the gumline. We try to do it twice a day and I try to floss her teeth once a day. Flossing is a lot harder to get her to sit through, but my motto is "one tooth at a time."

We also have a different toothbrush (still the Oral B one since it fits her mouth well) that she is allowed to chew on because her molars are coming in. We figured if she's going to chew on something it might as well clean her teeth in the process.

Kristene - posted on 01/24/2009

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I introduced the toothbrush at bathtime.  While the little ones (I have two) are taking a bath, I brush their teeth.  Then, I let them play with it in their mouth.  Joey, the baby, now brushes his teeth in the mornings with his siblings.  I even put the kiddie toothpaste on it..  After a few seconds, I take over and brush his teeth..I think he might have 6 teeth.. maybe 7... I don't know..  LOL

Callie - posted on 01/24/2009

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I just let my daughter chew on her tooth brush. And I let her watch me brush mine - she thinks its so funny and she wants to immitate!

Michelle - posted on 01/24/2009

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My twin daughter's are 15 months old and was introduced to the toothbrush at about 1 due to early teething.



! brushes everything but her teeth...ie the sofa her pj's etc



and the 2nd just bites on it, asked the dentist about this and he assured me that brushing teeth this young isn't really nescessary it's more to get them into a routine 'we brush our teeth' my health visitor wasnt to pleased about that 1...lol

Jamie - posted on 01/23/2009

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I have been brushing my little one's teeth for a few months now. He thinks it's the next best thing besides food! He has his own little toothbrush and before he had that we had one of the little finger sleve toothbrush things. I sit him on a little stool and we do it every morning. He also watches big brother so he thinks it's a big boy thing.

Maggie - posted on 01/23/2009

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I actually act goofy and sing "Brusha, brusha, brusha". Then when he lets me do it successfully, I clap and say he's a big boy. I'm not saying it'll work for you, but hey...being entertaining helped my son a lot. He now lets me do it in the morning after breakfast and at night before bed. He was born on the 18th.

Heidi - posted on 01/23/2009

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My son loves to have his teeth brushed! He sees me coming and opens his mouth and grins. When I used the baby one that went over my finger, he would bite but now that we are using an actual toothbrush, he stopped biting it. He also loves to watch me brush me teeth. He just stares at me and giggles.

Lyndsay - posted on 01/23/2009

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i started brushing my sons teeth when he was 4 months old he only had 1 tooth but couldnt really wriggle away just turn his head now he is that used 2 doing it that every night b4 he goes 2 bed and every morning after his breakfast he runs into da bathroom 2 brush his teeth i think it is just perseverance

Elisse - posted on 01/22/2009

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Yes I have tried brushing my daughters teeth many times.. at first she didnt like me to do it..Try letting her "PLAY" with her toothbrush teach her how its done and if she is like mine she will learn eventually the routine. Be consistent and patient sometimes introducing something new can be difficult for them.

Brooke - posted on 01/22/2009

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My son is 15 months old and I tried last week to use a baby toothbrush and training toothpaste and he wouldn't let me at all.. My son has 9 teeth right now so I thought it would be ok to brush.. But he won't let me get anywhere near his mouth with it.. But he will let me use the finger brush which looks like a thimble and has bristles on it.. He will let me use that because he likes to bite my finger... lol... I got it at Babies R Us but sure you can find it anywhere. I would try that and see if she will let you do that.. Good Luck!

Jennifer - posted on 01/21/2009

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I let him pick out his own toothbrush and he "brushes" his own teeth. Basically, he munches on the toothbrush. He also likes to help rinse the toothbrush in the sink. Have you tried letting her look in the mirror while brushing? That's a fan favorite around here.

Mikie - posted on 01/20/2009

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Hi my  daughter is 14 months and i just let her play with her tooth brush. and she seems to be doing good. you might want to look into the toothbrushes that play music i hear lots of little ones like those hope i helped a little

Jackie - posted on 01/20/2009

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I started out letting Sydney chew on it. I did brush her teeth with the finger brush as soon as she got teeth. Then, the older she got the harder it got to get her to let me brush her teeth. My mom bought her an electric toothbrush for Christmas with princesses on it and she now loves getting her teeth brushed. Maybe an electric one would work for you.

Rasheena - posted on 01/19/2009

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the dentist told us to let her do it her self in the morning and we do it at night. she does fight to do it her self. but she loves her elec, toothbrush.

Courtenay - posted on 01/17/2009

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My daughter usually likes to chew on the toothbrush also. So, in order to give her an idea of what to do with it I brush her teeth first and then let her do her own thing for a bit.

Maigan - posted on 01/17/2009

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I brush both of my boys teeth in the tub too.  My 14 month old learned to spit the tooth paste by watching my son &  me.  For flossing, I let him walk around chewing on the kids flosser for a while before I started really doing anything.  I did the same for the toothbrush at first too.

Maigan - posted on 01/17/2009

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I have been brushing Dustin's teeth for about 5 months.  He took to the baby tooth paste & brush really easy.  For my first, I needed to use the finger brush as he didn't like the brush.  I have been flossing his teeth for over a month now.

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We have been trying to brush my daughter's teeth and pretty much the same thing happened. We even got her ELMO toothpaste thinking that would help. She likes to carry the toothpaste around but that's about it.

Katee - posted on 01/16/2009

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The best time that I have found to brush my son's teeth is when he is busy playing with toys in the bathtub.  He is preoccupied with the bath and doesn't notice the brushing.  although we started with brushing at the first signs of teething, he still gets annoyed with teeth brushing if not distracted. After I feel like I have gotten his teeth well enough, then I let him play with the brush for awhile.

Katee - posted on 01/16/2009

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The best time that I have found to brush my son's teeth is when he is busy playing with toys in the bathtub.  He is preoccupied with the bath and doesn't notice the brushing.  although we started with brushing at the first signs of teething, he still gets annoyed with teeth brushing if not distracted. After I feel like I have gotten his teeth well enough, then I let him play with the brush for awhile.

Katee - posted on 01/16/2009

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The best time that I have found to brush my son's teeth is when he is busy playing with toys in the bathtub.  He is preoccupied with the bath and doesn't notice the brushing.  although we started with brushing at the first signs of teething, he still gets annoyed with teeth brushing if not distracted. After I feel like I have gotten his teeth well enough, then I let him play with the brush for awhile.

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Before he even had teeth, I'd let my son watch me brush my teeth every morning and would sing a silly song to make it fun (like the backpack song on Dora, but with toothbrushing!). When I started brushing his teeth, he loved it because he was participating in the fun. I also taught him the sign for toothbrushing, and now he runs in the bathroom and signs for it all the time. I put him on the counter and let him play with a clean/new full-size toothbrush so his hands are kept busy while I brush them for him, just with water, per the pediatrician. Some days are better than others, but he's into it and that's what counts for the future. Good luck!

Andrea - posted on 01/16/2009

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I let my daughter try it first, then after about a minute I put a little dab of the infant toothpaste on there and brush them for her. She likes it much better since I started using the toothpaste, so it must be pretty sweet. She used to push the brush out with her tongue.

Jackie - posted on 01/15/2009

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I wanted to give everyone an update. I used the toothbrush and all my son wanted to do was bite it. But we made a game on out if.

Jamie - posted on 01/14/2009

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A dentist friend told me that the washrag would work fine for a while.  I do let them chew on the brush sometimes.  They seem to like that.

Brandy - posted on 01/14/2009

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My duaghter is 15 months and she has an older brother, and wants to be just like him. We giver her the brush and let her do it her self. I find having her do it in the morning when we are and showing her to move it helps. At the start she just chewed on it but now she is doing the brushing movment. before I put it away i will do a quick bruch to make sure they are getting brushed. I find they just want to do it themselfs. As well as doing it every morning helps she knows after she eats she follows her brother to the bathroom.

Kristin - posted on 01/12/2009

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The best thing I have found - those vibrating toothbrushes! I let Dillon play with it for a bit with just water on it, then I put toothpaste on it and brush his teeth for him - making a game out of it and having a toy in each hand helps too, then I rinse the toothbrush out and let him play again for a few minutes. He is a very independant  child so letting him do it on his own before and after helps him cooperate when I do it for him!

Jessica - posted on 01/08/2009

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I would brush my teeth in front of my daughter in the beginning and then I brought out her toothbrush and she would let me brush hers for about a split second and then I'd let her chew on it and over time she was more receptive to me actually brushing her teeth longer as long as I let her chew on it for a bit.

Kim - posted on 01/08/2009

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I only used the finger brush with Mia a few times because after getting bit.....I figured she could just go to a regular toddler brush. I do agree with having them watch you because they are like sponges and will copy your every move. Now...at night and in the morning...I will say "Mia do you want to brush your teeth?" she will put her finger in her mouth like she is brushing and walk to the bathroom with her mouth open. I think that the bristles feel good on her gums...We like the Oral B Stages Tooth and Gum cleaner..with a toddler brush. Good luck!

Jackie - posted on 01/08/2009

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I was using the finger toothbrush and my son loved biting my finger. He thought it was funny and laughed everytime I said "Ouch". I will actually try the toothbrush this weekend.

User - posted on 01/07/2009

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For a long time now every time I'd brush my teeth I'd say to Connor "Come on Connor, let's brush our teeth" and I'd give him a baby toothbrush. All he would do was chew on it of course. Now he gets a regular toddler toothbrush and he has even started emulating me and moving it up and down in his mouth. Just got at your daughters own pace and don't try to force her to do it!

Eryn - posted on 01/07/2009

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We would tell our little one when she first started using a toothbrush that we were goinng to tickle her teeth. Then we started a toothbrushing dance :) Or have her make fun noises & faces that expose her teeth so I can clean them

Michelle - posted on 01/07/2009

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We got a toothbrush for our daughter a couple months ago- now she's on tooth #13- at first she loved playing with it and would let me pass it across her teeth too- now she only wants to use mine, I suspect because it has toothpaste taste to it- but I don't know at what age it's appropriate to start using toothpaste?

Hollie - posted on 01/07/2009

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I find its best to let them watch you do it on a daily basis and let them pick it up on their own. I let my oldest at 16months watch me brush my teeth morning and night. We went to the store one day for groceries and it was time for me to get a new tooth brush and he wanted to pick one out too. He couldn't wait to get home and brush his teeth! I think everything comes with time, no need to rush things.

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My son loves his toothbrush, but my daughter was another story. I ended up getting a gerber finger toothbrush that I used until I was able to get her to use the regulat toothbrush.

Michelle - posted on 01/06/2009

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Quoting Kristen:

My son and I have a routine. I brush his teeth while he brushes mine. It is kind of fun, but he still bites the toothbrush.





Kristen, What a great idea!!! That is so fun!  I'm sure your son loves it!  Very creative.

Kristen - posted on 01/06/2009

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My son and I have a routine. I brush his teeth while he brushes mine. It is kind of fun, but he still bites the toothbrush. I am purchasing a new tooth brush that a friend of mine suggested. Check out www.onestepahead.com the item # is 11279 I think. We are going to try it. Good Luck!

Geneviève - posted on 12/23/2008

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Here's my little tip! I let my little one hold his own toothbrush while I try to brush his teeth. He has 3 toothbrushes. Two in his hands that he sucks on and one that I use to brush them. That way, both his hands are busy! Works great for us!

Shara - posted on 12/22/2008

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I just let my little girl have a toothbrush with water and let her watch her older brothers brush. She tries, but mostly just sucks the water off of it. I'm not pushing it, because I don't want the screaming and biting to ensue, which happened with my oldest, who know LOVES to brush and does a fantastic job, once I let him just try it out on his own. I help my middle guy every once a in while when he needs it, and since I let him do it himself most often, he's more inclined to let me help out.

If you have concerns, I would call your dentist and see if they have some ideas about it!!

Stephanie - posted on 12/21/2008

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My 14 mounth old brushes her. I started just by giving her a toothbrush to play with and I would sit in from of her and brush mine while she licked the kids toothpaste of hers. Then we would laugh together and she lets me take a couple of swipes at her teeth. We are doing pretty good!!!

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Yea, I tried ONCE, and all she did was bite the toothbrush and would let me do it, I haven't been brave enough to try again. I think i am going to try one of those finger ones and just pray she doesn't bite my finger..lol.

Brittany - posted on 12/20/2008

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really?? thats odd...my son loves it...i have him brush when i do and just with water...and he sees me doing it and wants to!!! maybe let her do it

Amber - posted on 12/19/2008

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We've been brushing teeth for months now and the advice I got from the nurse and a dental hygienist is to make sure and use fluoride toothpaste. You can buy the toddler Oral-B toothpaste with fluoride and only use a tiny pea sized amount and it is okay(even encouraged) that the baby swallow some. So even if your child isn't getting the best brushing, at least the toothpaste is good for her.

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I use the finger toothbrush & have been brushing his teeth since he was 6 months old. He now just started to fight that his molars are coming in. It can be a fight but I cradle hold him with one arm under mine and my other arm is holding down his other arm. I explain to him what i'm going to do and often sing a song about brushing teeth that I made up.

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