Five year old won't brush his teeth & gets sick when i do. How do i get him to brush his own teeth, without getting sick?

Mallory - posted on 11/01/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My five year old is having issues brushing his teeth. Especially in the morning before school, he refuses to brush his teeth. When he does or I have to brush them for him, he gags uncontrollably and almost vomited the other day. I had to stop brushing his teeth for him because it makes him so sick and it makes me feel like I'm hurting him. I have his favorite toothpaste and everything and got rid of the one's he doesn't like. I can't shove a toothbrush in his mouth but I can't get him to brush his teeth in the morning amd we don't have time to waste before school. How do i get him to brush his teeth on his own, without getting sick?

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Sherry - posted on 11/02/2012

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he may have a very sensitive gag reflex, and that is causing him to gag. i would suggest a doctor visit to check everything out.



also, what size/type of toothbrush are you using? maybe the head of the brush is just too big. get the smallest baby toothbrush you can find, may help.



my kiddo also gags a bit and coughs when i help her brush her back teeth, regardless of how gentle and careful and slow i go. getting her to open her mouth as wide as she can, and telling her to keep her tongue out of the way when i brush her molars helps a lot. make a game of it - the tongue is a blankie and the teeth on the left are playing hide under the 'blankie' while the right teeth are being brushed, and vice versa.



i find myself, if my toothbrush grazes the side of my tongue near the back when i'm brushing, it feels uncomfortable. that could be the trigger for your son's gagging?

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