Toddler toothbrushing nightmare!

Samantha - posted on 09/07/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My daughter is fifteen months old and has ten teeth, we switched to a toddler toothbrush (before i used the gray finger brush thing) and at first she was good about letting me brush them, now she screams and fights me so bad I can't get her teeth brushed hardly at all. I have tried brushing my teeth while letting her play with her brush and I've tried letting her hold her toothbrush while i brush her teeth. I'm at my wits end, her gums bleed when I do manage to brush them and i think she has a cavity. any suggestions?

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Carla - posted on 09/09/2010

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i learnt a trick off of my sister, which is letting the child brush their own teeth and then you ask to see their "pretty shinies" and they show you and you can brush their teeth. or what my daughter and i do is sing while i brush

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Take her to a dentist, they say that with the first tooth they should see a dentist regularly so that they can get used to it. My son is 3, he's been going to the dentist since he was 18months (bc I thought that was the right time to take him.)

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Take her to the dentist but also be diligent about brushing her teeth twice a day. There are some days that I just didn't want to hassle with it but I did anyway. fights and all. There were times where I couldn't get one of our girls to open up so I could brush their teeth but daddy would step in and have little to no problem. (he is wonderful and involved with our kids)
I hope this helps or at least gives you some ideas.

good luck and god bless

Lexi - posted on 09/13/2010

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My son fights like crazy, but recently we took a trip and I forgot his toothbrush. I know it's bad to share brushes but I figured using mine was better than not brushing at all. OH MY WORD he thinks my electric toothbrush is the cooooooolest thing ever! He sits calmly, helps hold the brush, it's fantastic. I bought him his own electric one and we have no more fights or bloody gums

Jaimi - posted on 09/12/2010

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i also give my daughter my toothbrush and let her brush my teeth sometimes that makes a big difference too.

Jaimi - posted on 09/12/2010

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mine is two and hates it also i kind of let her brush hers then i go through and do it, she fights too but i just sit her sown on me and do it fast, they are supposed to be in to the dentist by a year old so it might help also to ask the dentist what they think.

Ashley - posted on 09/10/2010

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With my 18 month old I bought her a Dora battery operated tooth brush. I think it cleans her teeth alot better when she doesn't let me brush them long. She seems to love brushing her teeth now. Also, I've read that it can help if you brush them when they are in the bathtub so they can't get up and run, and maybe sing to them while brushing. I hope you find something that works for you :)

Allison - posted on 09/10/2010

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Wow, ok Samantha have you tried the Oragel Toddler Toothpaste? This is what I do and my 20 month old son loves brushing his teeth, actually he see's his toothbrush and I don't give it to him he has a fit. Try sitting her down next to you in a comfortable spot, for her and you. With my son he has a Dora and Diego toddler toothbrush, maybe a cartoon toothbrush, something she recognizes, that she can associate with. Show it to her, give it to her let her hold it at that age she is most likely still putting things in her mouth. Introduced some of her toothpaste, Oragel toodler toothpaste has all different kind of flavors and the best thing, they are safe if they swallow. Try a little dab of the toothpaste on her tongue and see if she likes it and then work it onto the toothbrush, see if that works. Good luck.

Julie - posted on 09/10/2010

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hi i neva had this problem as my son loves brushing is teeth, but to make him see how important it is i brush is teeth first then let him do it aswell and every couple weeks i take him to buy a new toothbrush perhaps let her choose her own they are only a pound or so for even a colgate one!!

Crystal - posted on 09/09/2010

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Oh geez I am so thankful my son lets me brush his teeth. I would set her on teh sink and each of you brush your teeth, then I would let her brush your teeth and make it a game and you brush hers!
I'm confused as to why her teeth bleed? Maybe you brush to hard in your haste to get in there and thats why she dosn't like it.
I've also seen teeth cleaning wipes....
http://sale.dentist.net/products/my-dent...
I have also sang to my son to distract him while brushing.




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Samantha - posted on 09/09/2010

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see that where my major concern is she refuses to let me into her mouth to brush them, i can imagine the nightmare at a dentist

Kelsi - posted on 09/08/2010

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I hope it works! I wanted to take my daughter to the dentist when it was happening with us but they couldn't do anything. Mine wouldn't let her own mommy brush/look in her mouth. there was no way she was going to let some guy at a dr office looking place have a try.

Samantha - posted on 09/08/2010

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i'm going to try that at this point i am willing to try anything and i have thought about taking her to the dentist was not sure what age they will accept, quite frankly i can't even force her mouth open enough to brush the top or back teeth and it only causes a tantrum by her.

Kelsi - posted on 09/07/2010

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I totally understand. Went through the same thing with my daughter when she was around 15 months. This may sound a little mean but it's the only thing that worked for us. I found a few pictures online of some really yucky nasty teeth and printed them out then found pictures of beautiful happy kids smiling and brushing their teeth. I showed her the nasty pics when she would fight me and tell her " this is what happens when you don't brush your teeth, owie yucky teeth,etc" then showed her the nice pics and said "these kids brush their teeth and have pretty clean teeth. They're so happy! Can I help you brush so you can keep your teeth pretty and clean?". ...worked like a champ. Only had to do that a few times and now she understands when we talk about it. No problems since. Actually sometimes she'll remind me when it's time to brush!

Dawn - posted on 09/07/2010

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I know she is young to go to the dentist, but if you suspect a cavity you should take her.

Dawn - posted on 09/07/2010

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I know she is young to go to the dentist, but if you suspect a cavity you should take her.

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