Does your 18 month old allow you to brush his teeth?

Kelly - posted on 07/13/2010 ( 101 moms have responded )

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It's a struggle to brush my son's teeth, he fights it everytime.

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Ocean LOVED briushing her teeth when we first started but one day I ran out of infants toothpaste and used kids toothpaste and she hated it and now fights me everytime!!! I have found she likes to do it herself but of course she doesnt get them brushed properly, so I am in the same boat!!! Good luck!

Tracy - posted on 07/24/2010

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i bought my one an electric toothbrush and she loves it - also there is one barney show that has barney and the kids brushing their teeth and singing a song- i used to play that part for her and get her toothbrush too....it worked like a dream...

Leah - posted on 07/23/2010

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my son is 2 1/2 and it is still a struggle everyday. I just found out he has cavities and I am extremely sad about it so I am taking a new approach to it. After we both brush our teeth together I let him know when we are done it is my turn to brush his teeth. And now instead of struggling with him and trying to convince him to let me do it I don't engage in what he's saying or trying to do. I just simply say, "I just wanted to let you know I'm waiting here until your ready." And that's exactly what I do. I sit and wait and don't give him any attention, just a reminder every once in a while that I'm waiting. He knows now that I'm not giving in and I know he wants my attention so he now comes to me and asks me to brush his teeth. It's great :) Ive only been doing it for a few days and every time it is taking less and less time. The key is to be calm and go into it thinking it is going to take a really long time that way if it doesn't then it will seem a little easier for you.

Jackie - posted on 07/23/2010

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My son is 2 1/2 now I've been brushing his since they were only gums. He did go through a phase when he was about the age of your child where he wanted to do it. So I'd let him but I'd do it afterwards also. Even if super quick. Sometimes it helps finding a position they like to lay in. My son finally got out of his only me do it phase when he would lay down on the couch. Now he knows when it's bed time we put on his pjs, he goes running and lays down on the floor and opens his mouth and I brush his teeth. They all seem to go through a phase of not letting you but you just gotta do it anyways. You don't want them to have rotten teeth. Even if they get mad and scream and cry. It's for their own good.

JoLyn - posted on 07/22/2010

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I let my girls brush their teeth and then I "look to see how good they did" and I brush them.. They feel like they are in control and I get to check and make sure every tooth is clean :)

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Chymerem - posted on 07/28/2010

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No way. Its a battle to brush his teeth. At some point wanted to quit but for hygiene. Just be patient thats all i can say. Cos ive done all the ooing and aaing and it aint working.

Jane - posted on 07/27/2010

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i let our little one do it on her own, she hates having ANYTHING done for her that involves above her neck; hair washed, hair cut, try to feed her any bit of food, ears cleaned. she doesn't really brush, but i also use the finger brush w/the Gerber banana flavored paste and she thinks that's funny so she lets me do that at least. so she likes to play w/the toothbrush on her own and i figure eventually, she'll let me do that. our 3 yr old lets me brush her teeth now, so i know there is hope!

Kendyl - posted on 07/27/2010

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My son is 2 1/2 now and LOVES his teeth being brushed. I started to rub his teeth with a wash cloth when he first started to get teeth in and he like it just because it of teething. But once he was around 18 months he would hold his lips shut and I have to hurry and just get what I could. I came up with a plan that it was candy toothpaste and the tickle brush would tickle his teeth. we would act like it would tickle him and giggle. He thought it was a game. So when i said it was time to brush his teeth he went straight to the bathroom because he liked using the tickle brush. He had his first dentist appointment this week and enjoyed every bit of it cause thay played games and called it candy toothpaste and tickle brush just like i did! so it does work! you just have to get them excited to do it. like its a game. and when they are all done cheer them on like the accomplished a great thing. my son hops right up on the counter cause he LOVES brushing his teeth now.

Laura - posted on 07/27/2010

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My girl used to fight me tooth and nail...but only me. I tried brushing her from a different angle, and lightened up on the pressure on the brush, and she's fine now.

Sarah - posted on 07/27/2010

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my daughter is 2 and a half and it's still a bit of a struggle, but if you are firm and consistent then your son will know what to expect, even if he doesn't like it. I use the 'my turn, your turn' approach, if she lets me brush her teeth first, then she gets to brush hers. I used 'aaaahhhhh' at first to get her to open her mouth, but now I just ask her to open up. I find it helps if I let her put her toothbrush under running water a few times she finds it more enjoyable

Larissa - posted on 07/27/2010

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My son wouldn't let me brush his teeth either until we discovered the electric toothbrush. Now he get to do it on his own and then I take over to brush the right way. It seems to be working and he enjoys it.

Chastity - posted on 07/27/2010

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She fights me just about every time, but she does better when her dad brushes her teeth,so frustrating!!

Chastity - posted on 07/27/2010

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She fights me just about every time, but she does better when her dad brushes her teeth,so frustrating!!

Emma - posted on 07/27/2010

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Hi

i had the same trouble with Chloe. I have now bought two different toothpasts and I let her choose which one she wants to use. it has worked for us. Good Luck

Khalilah - posted on 07/27/2010

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Yes. They both have let us brush their teeth for an early age. We think it is because they would see us doing it and wanted to mimic us so much.

Becca - posted on 07/27/2010

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i make it a game with my son like sing a song eg weels on the bus and wen the doors open he opens his mouth it takes a wile but he got use to it and we did a sticker chart if he let me brush his teeth he gets a sticker naw he brushes his own teeth and then i just go over them. at first he hated the tast of the toothpaste but its the matter of getting use to it. good luck xx

Maria Celestina - posted on 07/27/2010

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My son is excited every time i tell him it's time to brush his teeth. But you know-toddlers always want to do things that you does, so after i brush his teeth I give him his turn to do the brushing.

Sara - posted on 07/27/2010

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My 19 month old has gone through phases. We started with that finger covered type brush and that was fine for awhile. Then she decided to hate (around 13 months) it so I thought we try for a regular little kid brush. She like it, but only for maybe a week. We battled with the brush for months until I got so tired of her crying. I thought I'd try the finger brush again...and like magic, she loves it (again)! So for now that's our situation. :)

Chayla - posted on 07/26/2010

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I have two boys, 3 years and 13 months. They both love their teeth brushed, esp the 3 yo. They each have a kids spin brush that they each picked out. I started giving the youngest a spin brush when he was teething, he loved the vibration on his gums. They each get to brush their own teeth while mom brushes brothers. An extra toothbrush does help when brushing the 13 month olds. I also sing the ABC's to them while brushing, since the song is about 30 seconds, as they got used to going through once I would sing it more. We sing it 4 times now (about 2min) for my 3yo, it helps make sure I brush long enough, keeps him entertained, and he learned his ABC's this way!

Rebecca - posted on 07/26/2010

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First of all, is he teething? Until recently I would have to pin my daughter down and still didn't get much cleaned, and then she would cry afterwards. (Only forced it once a week) Then I guess either she stopped teething or she figured out it would be easier if she let me do it. I make sure I get really excited and give her lots of cuddles and kisses if she co-operates.

Jennifer - posted on 07/26/2010

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my second daughter HATED me going anywhere near her mouth ever. finally after she was about 2.5 years grandma bought her an electric (battery) tooth brush and wow. now she doesn't fight me or scream or freak out, she wants to help me do it! before i would have to pin her down...

my first daughter just let me do it. so having the younger one not want anything to do with it was very frustrating!



*it could be because of teething...2 year molars are hell and take FOREVER to come in. i know this made it even worse for us.

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No. It's a struggle. He eats the toothpaste. We try our best, but I sort of figured this is our practice set of teeth. So long as we can instil good dental hygiene by the time adult teeth come in, we're golden!

Annie - posted on 07/26/2010

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My daughter is 19.5 months old and she brushes her own teeth (pretty well) first then I get a turn. Sometimes, when she's cranky about brushing, we use the finger brush from when she was a baby.

Beckie - posted on 07/26/2010

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My 18 month old LOVES when I brush his teeth. I give him and his three year old brother a bath together every night, so he learned by watching his big bro. Also, I use oral B toothpaste with Thomas the Tank on the tube, so he loves using his "choo choo" toothpaste!

Jennifer - posted on 07/26/2010

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they wil fight it but u have to make it fun for them let them brush them first the say its mommys turn thats how i get my daughter to brush hers she want to do it her self all the time

Jasmine - posted on 07/25/2010

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My 2yr old won't even let me brush her teeth sometimes, so youre not alone! I let her hold the brush, but she just bites on it and sucks all the toothpaste off, then asks for more.

Tammy - posted on 07/25/2010

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I let my son "brush" my teeth. I also sing nursery rhymes to him while bushing his teeth.

Natasha - posted on 07/25/2010

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My son is 18 months and he absolutly loves etting his teeth brushed.He likes the taste of the trainer toothpaste.

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Do you brush your teeth with your 18 mth old? If he sees you doing it maybe he'll do it too and may even let you help him brush his teeth. Good Luck :)

Michelle - posted on 07/24/2010

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My son has always liked to brush his teeth himself and fights when my husband & I try to help him. One trick is to let your child brush your teeth while you do theirs, then they really get a good feel how to do it right. Also, I switched him to a child's battery operated toothbrush that spins and he loves it plus it cleans his teeth a lot better.

Kayleigh - posted on 07/24/2010

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ME 2 !!!!! kayden hates me doin it he screams the flat down. but last week i had enough, so i gave him the tooth brush 2 play with. kayden then started broushin his teeth on his own, but as soon as i tried he would go nutts?? strange but try givin ur wee 1 a tooth brush 2 play wiv? plus the only way i can brush his teeth is in the bath, mingging i know but atleast there r gettin done. :-)

Laura - posted on 07/24/2010

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Starting around that age, My son did the very same thing! he's 2 1/2 now and i STILL cant get him to let me brush his teeth...he refuses to open his mouth, thrashes and screams...it's impossible to get more than one swipe with the toothbrush. He does, however LOVE to brush his own teeth (tho, obviously, he doesn't get them good enough)

Holly - posted on 07/23/2010

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tell him what is yucky on his teeth and that if he brushes them the tooth fairy will be so happy for him! or just simply say the first part!! i started brushing my sons two first teeth and he liked it.. now he lets me all the time. but when he is in a bad mood, he tells me don't help him leave him alone :(.. he is only 2 and its cute but sad.. but just try to find something sorceful to say to him and he might change his mind and brush! also if you let him see you brush your teeh and make it fun, he will probubly get in to it.. my son is trying so hard to brush his by himself when he sees me and his big sister brush ours..

Megan - posted on 07/23/2010

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I got my son an oral-b spinning toothbrush and we use that to "catch" things in his mouth. We'll chase lightening mcqueen or some other character or animal all over his mouth, then when I'm done he gets a turn. He loves pushing the buttons to turn on or off the toothbrush.

Stephanie - posted on 07/23/2010

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i have been brushin my little girls teeth since they were just gums... when she got a bit older i bought two toothbrushes and i let her use one as a toy to play with her self in the bathtub and stuff and when id brush my teeth (yes it means you end up brushing your teeth more than normal lol) id have her mock me then i took her to the dentist when she was 2 and she loved it i just made it a game and if they didnt get perfectly clean every time it wasnt a big deal... i also let her spit the tooth paste and rinse water in the toilet and what kid doesnt love to spit lol

Brandy - posted on 07/23/2010

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my 18 month old daughter absolutely loves brushing her teeth! I let her hold it and brush and then i take over and really do the job then we finish off with letting her try again! when i say its time to brush your teeth she runs to the bathroom!!

Ruth - posted on 07/23/2010

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My daughter wouldn't allow me to brush her teeth after a year so we gave her her own toothbrush to brush them by herself and we showed her how to use do it herself and she's been doing it herself from then on.

Heather - posted on 07/23/2010

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i got my son a electic toothbrush at about a year old he loves it he brushes his teeth at night while i blowdryer his hair after a bath , then i brush for a few to make sure he got them good enough .. morning brushing are sometime harder he like to do it his self now and he is 2 1/2 so i do night and he does other i figure at least he wants to try both times and i get one good time in..lol

Teresa - posted on 07/23/2010

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My son is now 2 1/2 and most days he does fine but it has been a struggle to get here. I let him have a turn then I tell him it is my turn. I told him that there are germs on his teeth just like he gets on his hands and his teeth need to be cleaned like we wash our hands. And if all else fails I let him brush my teeth while I brush his. This works without fail!

Nancy - posted on 07/23/2010

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My almost 3 year old has always loved brushing her teeth. I make it a routine after her bath at night that WE brush our teeth. I even got her her own mouthwash which makes it more enticing. I did not however EVER let her play with a toothbrush as I have seen too many horror stories of children getting them lodged in the back of their throats from falling with them. The only thing that upsets her is if we don't brush her teeth right away after a bath but otherwise, she loves it. Good luck.

Mary - posted on 07/23/2010

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My 2 1/2 yr old loves to brush his teeth! I have brushed them ever since he got his first tooth. Sometimes he likes to start the job and then I get to finish. Be sure, if you're using toothpaste that it is "starter" toothpaste without flouride, which isn't good for them to swallow. At this age just water is fine. The most important thing is to get them in the habit of brushing. :o)

Toni - posted on 07/23/2010

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We make sound effects, it might sound strange but its a game. We start off in front of the mirror so she can see herself then-How does a doggie growl. GRRRR then my daughter growls and i can brush her front teeth, pant like a doggie, get to brush her tongue. Open wide like a hippo-brush the top, spit like a camel, and hippo again for the bottoms. She wont let me brush for a long time but its a starting point. And when were done I let her spalsh and play with the toothbrush for a minute or so.

Carla - posted on 07/23/2010

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He fought it every day until he was about three. I therefore introduced the toothbrush to my second son as soon as he got his first tooth ((six months) and I make sure he is getting used to the idea of having the brush in his mouth.

Dipal - posted on 07/23/2010

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My daughter is 20 months old now and she'll just chew the brush and lick the paste of it...wont even brush it on teeth. If i have to do it she gets very angry and its a big hassle...what can i do...

YVETTE - posted on 07/23/2010

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My son is forever eating toothpaste, and he wants a brush to go with that! So I dnt mind at all, cause it keeps his teeth clean.

Maggie - posted on 07/23/2010

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try letting him do it a little bit first and then "check" them when he's done. this worked with both of my boys. At that age they want to do everything themselves!

Lerato - posted on 07/23/2010

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ha ha ha!! they the teeth so welll, all my 18mnth old boy is interested in is sucking the toothpaste off the toothbrush, then sticking his tongue out for me to brush... he also swallows the toothpaste and pretend to spit it out. Its sooo hilarious!! just be patient with him coz thru all that drama i manage to get some brushing done ;)

Emma - posted on 07/23/2010

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My son loved it at first but all of a sudden when he was about 22 month he started to tell me he didn't like it & it was a battle every morning & night trying to get him to brush his teeth, now he loves doing it as long as mummy & daddy do it with him!

Melissa - posted on 07/22/2010

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Our 18.5 month old brushes her own teeth, and has for several months now and seems to do an pretty good job (she tries to copy what we are doing) So I just leave it be. I figure I'd rather the job get done and for her to continue liking it than to insist on doing it myself and creating a power struggle. We are just lucky she likes it.

We let her use her toothbrush whenever she asks. She tells us we forgot to put paste on if we try to get away with a "dry job." Maybe try letting him play around with one? Or have you tried that already?

Angela - posted on 07/22/2010

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I have an 18month old that is a pain to brush his teeth. He squirms out of my arms and runs off. I was told by the dentist do what you can, right now they dont even need flouride. We just got to keep it up until they get used to the idea. My eldest who's now 4 1/2 started out that way til I found a way to get him to like it. First while we were in the bathroom I read him this book called "Brush your teeth please". It had pop up pictures of different animals brushing there different teeth and flossin. It even had a paper toothbrush and floss string for my son to brush the animals teeth. When he got older I told him to open his mouth,when he did I said oh my theres bugs and germs in there then I asked him what he thinks in his mouth. So constant distractions nad getting him involved helped me. Now its routine for him, so he doesnt fight it. I plan on doing the same with my 18months old. Just stick with it and find what works for your child. Dont stress to much if you dont get every tooth its no biggie. Toothbrushing at this age is more for them to get used to it more then anything. Hope this helps

Brittany - posted on 07/22/2010

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I've been brushing my sons gums & teeth since he was home from the hospital.....never an issue unless he is teething, then he throws a BIG fit over it. What helped me was to get a toothbrush with a character of his choosing on it....in his case Cookie Monster. :) Now when I go to brush them if he starts to get anxious I ask him if Cookie can see his teeth...that he really, really wants to. That usually does the trick....he still winces a little but not near as bad as before. Hope this helps!! Good luck!

Tara - posted on 07/22/2010

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I had the same problem with little girl when I started brushing her teeth. What I did and it works very well is I ask her if she wants to brush mommy's teeth and I give her my toothbrush and I have her mimic me. What I do in her mouth, I have her do in mine. She absolutely loves it and wants to brush often. She went through a stage where we were brushing no less than 6 times a day. Yes, she gets a lil rough once in a while but definately a sacrifice I am willing to make for the health of her teeth. Hope this helps!

Heather - posted on 07/22/2010

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I brush my teeth while my daughter brushes hers. She is now 3 but she has always had to concede that we take turns. I let her brush my teeth too when she was younger. I would direct her while she was brushing either mine or hers. Now it is just that I get a turn when she is done. She really liked having a turn to brush my teeth so maybe try that. I gave her a mirror so she could see that she was not doing what she thought she was. She really was trying to copy me but wasn't so good at it and the mirror really helped. She would look at me then in the mirror. It has worked really well.

Stephanie - posted on 07/22/2010

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My son Avery loves to brush his teeth along side of me and having him watch me has actually made me brush my own more than before. Mostly he is just chewing on the brush but he does let me do my turn too.

Jamie - posted on 07/22/2010

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My 18 month old absolutely hates when I brush his teeth. He loves to suck and chew on the toothbrush but when it's my turn he screams and fights and it ends up being my husband and I holding him down. I wish I had an answer but I think they just have to outgrow it. It's their way of being independent.

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