My 15 month old will put anything in his mouth except a tooth brush any tips?
Kendra - posted on 01/09/2009
My daughter hated getting her teeth brushed too, so I bought her her very own toothbrush (not the one we keep in the bathroom) and let her walk around playing with it. I did that for about a week, and then let her carry her brush while I used the real one to brush her teeth. She doesn't mind getting her teeth brushed now. I think it's almost a control thing with her because she likes to hold whatever it is we have in our hands.
Devon - posted on 01/08/2009
I am a Dental Hygienist so this toothbrushing thing drives me crazy. My son has 13 teeth and hates to brush. He will sometimes chew on a brush if I let him carry it around. I have held him down and brushed them, even though I know this isn't a good thing. To help ease my mind, I try to give him water to drink in the evenings. This way I know that the teeth are getting rinsed and it should cut down on the acidic environment before bedtime. Plus, saliva acts as a buffer to help protect the teeth. All that drool has got to help in some way!
Rebecca - posted on 01/08/2009
we put our son up on our vanity by the sink and let him put the water on the tooth brush and he has brushed his own since we started trying. i find if adults scolled a baby they will never want to do it but letting them do it on there own works wonders,just some encouragement and some direction helping should do the trick. good luck
Joyleen - posted on 01/06/2009
With my daughter, if we are in the bathroom in front of the sink she will NOT brush but if I give her her tooth brush while she's playing she'll take it without thinking and start brushing her teeth. She HAS to brush them herself though which my dentist told me is fine as long as she does have contact with the teeth and that she brushes daily. They are babies so we don't want to overwelm them.
To be honest, my son won't let me brush his teeth, but he lets his dad! My son wouldn't open his mouth for the toothbrush for the longest time... we tried tons of different things. What we found best is to brush his teeth in a place where he feels comfortable. We lay him in our bed. Another trick that helped us is putting a tiny bit of baby toothpaste on a different baby toothbrush then the one that we're using and let him hold on to it. He opens his mouth to suck the toothpaste off of his toothbrush and in ours goes. He is now to the point where he wants to try brushing his teeth on his own. We also found that if he is holding a toothbrush he tries to mimick us and brush our teeth with his toothbrush (the one he's holding). Of course we pretend and make the tch tch tch noise. He giggles and he finds it fun. I dunno.. every kid is different. This is just what works for him!!! I guess letting him hold on to his own toothbrush and him "brush" his own teeth and "our" teeth makes him feel involved and distracts him and the same time!! Just please be persistent with the teeth brushing thing..... I know a lot of people that aren't because it's "too hard" and the kids suffer!!!
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