Brushing teeth of a 14 month old

Jenny - posted on 07/16/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )




How to brush teeth of my 14 month old son? It is going tough, we tried brushing in front of him so that he too will imitate or at least would allow me to brush his teeth .. But didn't work :( ..Whenever I try brushing his teeth he just want to play with the brush.. shout n then wont open his mouth .. What trick should i do..I am scared his teeth will start decaying !


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Jenni - posted on 07/17/2012




I call my kid's teeth crocodile or shark teeth. They have hooded towels of those animals so we pretend to be them and I'll say, "show me those great, big white crocodile teeth! Let's get them nice and clean so they'll sparkle like crocodile teeth! Open wide like a crocodile! Now growl! Arghh! Oh, boy look at how white they're getting. Those are some scary teeth!"

I usually get in there the best I can with my 2 year old (and my 4 year old son when he was younger) and then let her brush them when I'm through. I'll tell her to watch her older brother, "See? Look how Ben brushes his shark teeth! Brush your crocodile teeth like Ben." I also have them watch me. Eventually, they get the hang of it and can do it themselves. With just reminders to "keep brushing and don't forget your 'back teeth'".

Lisamarie - posted on 07/16/2012




Let him play. Both my children had toothbrushes from a young age (supervised, of course) so when we were brushing they were playing. My son is 3 now and he has learnt that he can't have a turn until mummy has done the proper job. Try turning it into a game? "Let's see how big you can get your mouth?" or "Can mummy see how many teeth you have in there?" make it light and fun and not too serious.
I wouldn't worry too much about his teeth decaying, he shouldn't really be on any high sugars anyway and you will have figured out how to do it before that happened. Good luck :-)

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