Brushing toddlers teeth

Hannah - posted on 02/06/2010 ( 22 moms have responded )

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I have a 22 month old son and he hates brushing his teeeth so when i brush his teeth he is screaming crying and i hate it, it makes me feel awful and what makes it worse is that his gums bleed and i use the softest toothbrush and i dont brush his teeth too hard. Any advise on how to brush his teeth and for him to enjoy it and is it normal for his gums to bleed?

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Kirsty - posted on 02/27/2010

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i am a dental assistant, and i have found that with my 2 girls, they get to brush their teeth first then i say OK it's mummies turn, and try to make up a "tooth brushing" song, as far as the bleeding gums go, bleeding gums mean that the gums are unhealthy, and need to brush more, keep using a small soft child's brush, even let your child choose their own tooth brush, and use a little tooth paste, like "my first" or "milk teeth", both good tooth pastes, persistence is the key, try to make it fun, and part of a regular routine.

Tiffany - posted on 02/06/2010

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We tried to make it fun for our son who is almost 3. We also brush our dog's teeth every night, so we do them both at the same time, like siblings! I've brushed his teeth in the bath tub and when he's sitting on the toilet, even when watching TV (although this is rare). He gets to choose his toothbrush character which helps. I've noticed that Crest toothbrushes (with Sesame street characters, stage 2) are the softest ones. I also let my son "brush" his own teeth for a bit before I tackle them - he pretty much just chews on the toothbrush, but tries. Maybe give him more responsibility and let him take the lead on it. Also, talk to a pediatric dentist - they may have some ideas for you.

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CJ - posted on 11/29/2010

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My daughter loves brushing her teeth, she wants to do it all the time. We've always made it fun, let her brush herself, and put it under the water herself. I also brush my teeth while she's doing hers. Then after she's brushed her teeth, I show her my clean teeth and have her show me hers....then I tell her she missed a spot and I rebrush her teeth, and tell her what a good job she did brushing her teeth. Lots of praise and make it fun...maybe even make up a little toothbrushing song...Also, the fact that her toothbrush has dora on it makes her even more excited to brush.

Lady Heather - posted on 11/22/2010

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We were having a few issues in the past few months. After a looooong time of loving tooh brushing, my daughter decided she didn't want to anymore. By chance I picked up this kid's toothbrush that looks like a crayon and has a button that makes a light flash in it. It goes for a minute so the kid knows how long to brush. It was just the cheapest kids brush I could find. Suddenly she wants to brush her teeth all the time! hahaha. Maybe let him pick out a cool toothbrush? And definitely the toothpaste has to be yummy. We use a non-fluoridated one by Kiss My Face. It's strawberry or something. She loves it.

As far as the bleeding gums, I would definitely see a dentist about that.

Amanda - posted on 11/21/2010

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My little boy was just like your his gums would bleed and we had him on the softest we could fine.. we talked to a friend who said it may be bleeding because we are not getting them brushed well enough because of the kicking and screaming .. we got our little guy a electric toothbrush and when I am brushing his teeth with his electric toothbrush we lay him on the bed and i let him help mommy and he "trys" to brush my teeth with my electric tooth brush. That way hes getting to play with the brush. and hes running from me.

Chelsea - posted on 11/21/2010

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toddler fun!! for grands Our granddaughters 3yrs and 19 mos just eat the kiddie paste off their kiddie brushes and run around till refilling paste or ..why not ..just suck it out of the colorful kiddie tube. Well needless to say the 3 year old has rotten teeth particularly on the front uppers which are tightly concealed by her upper lip. I understand that toddlers aren't physcialy capable ie. dexterity limited as in skipping, jumping, snapping fingers, whistling, tying shoes, etc.. I was taught by my elders hold them down brush their teeth and get it over with. Now you can get on with your day knowing you will not have to face further oral and other health related frustrations due to poor oral hygiene. My two cents, wide soft brush, time, regular paste and or baking soda done.
Post in memory of Meles front teeth we loved you but could never see you rotting away hows that for negelect. Grumpy Gramps

Jenai - posted on 02/25/2010

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I sing a song with my daughter. I have 2 baby toothbrushes. (soft) I let her brush her teeth first and then tell her, ok It's mommy's turn. Then I brush her teeth. It usually works. We sing, brush, brush, brush your teeth. Brush them everyday, Brush, brush, brush your teeth. Brush the plaque away. Make it fun.

Claire - posted on 02/25/2010

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i have two boys and what i do is let them do it themselfs and they have fun do it and then i tell them that i have to take a look and that is how i got them to brush there teeth. Claire fortin

Kimberly - posted on 02/25/2010

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Also if you don't feel you are getting them good enough try brushing them an extra time or two during the day, it may also help to get him used to it.

Kimberly - posted on 02/25/2010

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I let my son pick out his toothbrush and toothpaste and also one for his dinosaur. He has his turn to brush his teeth and then while I'm brushing his he brushes his dinosaurs. So far it seems to be working pretty well.

Diane - posted on 02/25/2010

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hi,



i have the same dilemma, my 15month old has a full mouth of teeth and hates brushing it resorts in screaming, kicking and eventually crying - it's horrible and i feel like such a bad mother every time.



so if anyone figures out a foolproof way to brush kiddies teeth, i'd also be very interested to hear about it.

Julie - posted on 02/25/2010

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while out shopping when you go let him pick his own toothbrush pick up a small wind up musical item that you can leave in the bathroom. all music items will play for an average of 3 minutes. the recommended brushing time is 2 minutes. the timing is right they enjoy the music. he will have picked his own toothbrush and toothpaste and you could even dance to the music. make it fun. as for the bleeding gums take him to the dentist

Samantha - posted on 02/11/2010

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we let our daughter pick out her own toothpaste..which was a big deal to her! dora of course! but they have tooth brushes that blink for as long as they are supposed to brush their teeth. my daughter loves that. also, we brush our teeth together, so she isnt doing it alone. it helps a lot

Hannah - posted on 02/10/2010

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Thank you all so much for all your comments and helpful advise hopefully something will work for me.

Rachel - posted on 02/09/2010

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isnt it hard to make sure theyve had a good old scrub! .. i normally let my 2yr old have a chew on his brush then we sit together and read a book or watch a little 'iggle Piggle' whilest i give them a good going over ... yeah i agree with the other comments about the bleeding gums , id certainally have them checked by a densist .

Ellen - posted on 02/08/2010

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I would definitely make an appt. with a pediatric dentist. He/she can answer your questions and knows more than we do. I don't think the bleeding gums is "normal" and they would definitely have tricks to make the brushing easier.

Carolyn - posted on 02/07/2010

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Try giving him a tooth brush and a doll, so he can brush the dolls teeth while you brush his. Good luck

Michelle - posted on 02/07/2010

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My son's only 16 months but he's got a full mouth except for the last molar set. So I've been trying to brush his teeth for a month now. A mom at our daycare who is a dental hygenist said I should start. But it has been an uphill battle! Cameron will suck all the toothpaste off but not brush. I have to basically hold him down to do it. We've tried lots of different brushes (including electric), I brush mine with him, etc. Nothing works so hopefully it'll get easier with time. If my loser ex will ever enroll Cam in his dental ins I'm taking him to get his teeth sealed because weak enamel runs in my family.
If you figure out a failproof trick to brushing let me know! :-)

Crystal - posted on 02/07/2010

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I agree with Tiffany. Let your son try it on his own. Our daughter is 2 and she still hates it sometimes, but you just have to be persistant. We get her to make the noises .. EEEEE (to smile and close her mouth so we can do the front) and then AWWWWW... (to open her mouth to get the back). We try and make a game of it too and then when we're done, we let her do it by herself. She loves that part! I would stick to the "baby" toothpaste - non flouride - for your child until they learn to spit. We used the Orajel and also the Stages toothbrushes.



As far as the gum bleeding, I would talk to a pediatric dentist. Our dentist recommends and sees kids as early as age 1 to get use to it. We still haven't taken our daughter, I actually think it's still too soon myself, we didn't take our son till he was 3 and his teeth have been great .. so it's all in your own judgement. If you think something may be wrong, you might want to take him in.

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i agree with josie t my daughter hated brushing her teeth she is the same age 23 months but i got her a berry toothpaste she liked the taste but yea as soon as she learnt to spit into the sink she thought it was great.

Josie - posted on 02/06/2010

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A good tasting toothpaste goes a long way! And you can try teaching him how to spit the water out in the sink afterwards, it my little lady's favorite part of tooth brushing. She thinks it's the funniest thing. Lots of luck

Abby - posted on 02/06/2010

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We all bought electric toothbrushes and got my son his own "spiderman" electric toothbrush too. Now he wants to do it on his own. To each their own; I hope you find something. Good luck!

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