Using Tooth Brush

Lubna - posted on 03/11/2010 ( 31 moms have responded )

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Hello everyone,

Any idea of how to convince my little daughter to brush her teeth? I used to brush her teeth since she was one month old but i stopped for a month when she was one year old and she is giving me a hrad time since then and sometimes will never accept to brush her teeth. Any advice ?

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Hi Lubna,

I straight bribe my son! But, in a good way. He picked out his own tooth brush. He picked out his own toothpaste. We always brush our teeth together, show by example. Everytime he brushes with me, he gets a star that goes in his big boy book. I started with 5 stars to get a reward, and move it 5 more every month. He is now at 15 stars per reward. I get all kinds of little things for him when I go out. Little cars, army men, stickers, crayons, color books. I put them in a rewards box that he helped me decorate. When he reaches his goal...he gets a reward.

He now is so eager to brush his teeth, sometimes 4 times a day, that the struggle we once had is long forgotten. And now he drags me to the bathroom so we can brush together! :-)

Jennifer - posted on 04/29/2010

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well i just took my little guy to the dentist.. i try to make it fun.. i sit him on the counter in front of the mirror and i stand behind him. i use my finger to lift his top lip and brush. same with the bottom teeth. the trick is to just smile and make a song up if u have to.. it will take a while but with a few breaks it can be done.

Emma - posted on 04/29/2010

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i give heidi the tooth brush and paste in the bath and sing the brush teeth song from cbebbies and at the moment have to brush mine at the same tims she likes to copy me though sometimes she just sucks the brush so i say mummy help and hold her hand and move brush round her teeth so she hears the brush noise just like mummy does when she does her teeth she usually moans when i put the brush away lol

User - posted on 04/24/2010

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I have come to just not forcing anymore, it was so awful so now when I brush my teeth I give my daughter her toothbrush with water on it and have her brush her own teeth. I know she doesn't do a great job but you know it is better than nothing and she does a decent job. She moves it around bites on it and I model for her.

Sunrise - posted on 04/12/2010

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Our LO loves to watch older siblings and is quite cooperative when they are brushing their teeth. When my older tow are away at their dads my LO like to have her turn and then while she brushes my teeth (with my brush) I get a chance with my finger tootherbrush to get at hers. That's not to say that she doesn't put up a fuss sometimes but that seems to be related to when she's getting another tooth.

Tylana - posted on 04/11/2010

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Try starting to brush her teeth first and then give her the tooth brush...tell her that is how a big girl does it...make sure to give her lots of encouragement and cheer for her if she brushes them herself...hope I could help

Karen - posted on 04/05/2010

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I bought several toddler sized brushes and let my little guy play with them. They're great for when he's teething and plus now he absolutely almost throws a fit when anyone in the house brushes their teeth--he has to, too! Good luck.

Melany - posted on 04/05/2010

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I have my 18 month old brush his teeth while I brush mine. I sing a song about brushing teeth, he loves it. He gets excited now when I say time to brush.

Katherine - posted on 03/24/2010

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My 18 month old wouldn't even open her mouth, so I bought two identical tooth brushes. I give her one letting her try to brush her teeth while sneaking the other one into the open mouth. She finds this fun and I can usually do a pretty good job. I also purchased a fingertip brush made by Gerber. This works good for smaller babies (brushing gums or first teeth), but as the sharp teeth come it, look out for your fingers!!! My dentist tells me to just do the best I can, even using a wet rag is better than nothing. It's certain that we can never do a perfect job brushing a baby's teeth.

Julie - posted on 03/24/2010

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Thanks a lot Gemika, i'm going to try to teach him how to spit and i just ordered a 'natural' toothpaste that won'"t be a problem if swallowed!

ps ; it does seem hard to teach him spitting...!!! i' hope he understands

Gemika - posted on 03/23/2010

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To the lady above, most toothpastes are highly poisonous. I buy natural non fluoride/non sodium lauryl suphate stuff for our son. I used to use only water and was quite inconsistent with tooth brushing but I can see some white spots developing (a first sign of plaque) so Im getting better at it.

Ds hates his little brush and tends to want the one we are using at that time. He tends to be happier to brush if daddy is involved lol. More fun. He helps him brush.

We do it the same time right before "nigh nighs" each night and sometimes in the day too. If dh is busy, I usually have to lay him on the ground and hold him down :( but i need to get it done properly so if thats the way its got to be!

The toothpaste goes all over his lower face, then i lean him over the sink and ive taught him to spit, and i wash his face and he usually sticks his tongue out and that gets rinsed too. He then likes to have a drink.

Julie - posted on 03/22/2010

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Hi everyone,
i've only just started brushing with my 18 months old and i think he likes it as he always wanted to use our toothbrushes before he even had teeth. My ped said to use toothpaste but i don't understand how to rinse? Am i stupid??? Am i supposed to rinse the toothpaste or do i just let him swallow? Basile is not familiar with spitting and i'm not sure what to do.... Please help!!

Charlene - posted on 03/19/2010

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Try letting her see you brushing yours. She's always watched while we brush ours, so when I gave her own toothbrush to her she knew exactly what to do with it. The toddler toothpaste really helps too, she really likes getting that. We do it while she's in the tub and make it fun and sing songs. Good luck!!

Denise - posted on 03/18/2010

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Maybe you should tell him that you need to brush them first and there after he can brush. That what i do with my daughter coz she also likes to brush by herself but bits the toothbrush.

Denise - posted on 03/18/2010

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you must explain to him that after you brush them then he can brush them because tamika does the same thing. So i brush fi\or her and then give it to her to brush.

Samantha - posted on 03/18/2010

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my son use to let me brush is teeth, then he decided i could only brush them while he was taking a bath, and now he has decided that he can do it him self only he doesn't! he just sucks on the tooth brush

Denise - posted on 03/18/2010

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maybe you should show her tha everyone in the family brushes their teeth every morning and night. my girl has been brushing her teeeth with ever since shes been 9months old and loves it

Catherine - posted on 03/17/2010

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We've been brushing his teeth since his first one popped in. He's now 18mos and has started objecting. He never minded before. We had always just used water, but I started using baby toothpaste, and he loves it! Now, he can't wait to brush his teeth. I can see why, I tasted the toothpaste and it's sweet!

Shannon - posted on 03/16/2010

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I bought an electric Little Mermaid toothbrush for my 18 month old, and a matching one for my 3 year old. I let her watch her sister first, with the vibration turned on, and then introduced her to her's. At first she was a little hesitant, but after joking around, and saying, "tickle, tickle", a few times, she loved it! Both of girls look forward to brushing their teeth, day and night! Good Luck!

Amie - posted on 03/16/2010

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My daughter is almost 18 months and I have been brushing her teeth (gums) since birth and she still puts up a fight! I can tell you it helped a little bit to get an "elmo" toothbrush and recently i also learned she LOVES it when we brush our teeth together. Make it fun for both of you! Good luck!

Symphony - posted on 03/15/2010

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I have an 18mo old boy who doesn't fight me when it comes to teeth brushing, we have done it since he got his 1st tooth, but I would have to agree that singing a song while you brush is the trick to this one!! ;)...we also...1. always do it in the same place (on the counter top in front of the bathroom mirror, he likes to make faces at himself) and always at the same time, just before bath/ bed (schedule is key at this age)...2. I lay him back, like the dentist will (eventually) and tell him that mommy gets a turn and then he gets a turn, but that could be switched to "baby first" if it were needed by the child...3. try to make it fun, he especially enjoys sticking out his tongue to brush it (this is also how he learned 'tongue')

Hope this was helpful....GOOD LUCK ;)

Katie - posted on 03/14/2010

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I just had my fourth child and he is at the teeth brushing stage now. I agree with all the other ladies with the singing. It gives them a since of time and they love the interaction with you. My son and I did it together. I got him a singing Veggie Tails toothbrush (no one wants to hear me sing!) he knows to pull the stool up to the counter for brushing time. Now,I have older kids and I think that it was the easiest with him due to the fact that he has his older clan to watch and pick up from. If you have more then one child...make it a family event!

Chloe - posted on 03/14/2010

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My daughter LOVES!!! her electric toothbrush. It's an older kiddies one with is ery soft, and she loves the vibration. Maybe worth a try.???

Indira Mylene - posted on 03/13/2010

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My little girl doesn't like brushing her teeth with small toothbrushes so i gave her same toothbrush as mine and we always brush together and she likes it.

Shannon - posted on 03/13/2010

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What great ideas! We use a favorite character toothbrush with a fat handle (helps with dexerity) preferably with a rubberized back to not injure cheeks or soft spots I have my son brush first with only water. Then only when I 'check his work' do I put some non fluoride toothpaste on. We sit on the floor with his head in lap head facing up...just like at the dentist while I say the ABC's until we are done. Good lighting and a comfy position are key for us!

Bailey - posted on 03/13/2010

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My son loves it too. I get the flashy ones (at WalMart) and he knows that if Momma gets to brush his first, then he gets to do it until the flashes stop. Although with him, I can't get the tooth brush OUT of his mouth. It's a kicking screaming fight to stop brushing his teeth!

Jennifer - posted on 03/12/2010

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I"m really lucky in that aspect, both my children love brushing their teeth. If your little one has any sibings get them to brush together. It gives the older one a sense of teaching something and the little one is just happy to do something that the older one is doing. If no siblings, make it special mommy/daddy and baby time.

Lubna - posted on 03/12/2010

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Thank you ladies. I will try what you suggested tonight and hopefully it will work. Good luck for both of you with your little ones :)

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We struggle with this from time to time (especially as a new tooth makes its appearance).
We found that giving our son one of our tooth brushes and getting him to "brush" our teeth while we brush his helps when he is being difficult. He thinks it is great fun.
Both my husband and I also make our own "sound effects" when moving the brush along his teeth and around his mouth. This gets him laughing and opens his mouth up wider. I sometimes sing songs to him about teeth brushing that I make up on the spot generally to the tune of Row Row Row your Boat.

Hope that helps!

Naomi - posted on 03/11/2010

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Try sitting her on your lap facing away from you and brushing in front of the mirror. I sing a song to my little man while we brush and stop when the song finishes that way after a few times he realized it was only for a short time and he could anticipate when we would finish and less argument! Also my three yr old brushes his teeth with his daddy now, (modeled behavior and all!!)

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