I can't get my daughter to allow me to brush her teeth properly, Feedback??

Melissa - posted on 04/24/2012 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Ok, before anyone gives me the input of, change tootbrush, get one that lights up, use her favirote toy to occupy her while I go in her mouth, or play a game with her around brushing teeth, let her brush my teeth at the same time, brush my teeth in front of her..... the list goes on and on...........................

I have tried it all, has anyone ever had this problem? Did it resolve itself?

I have to fight her to brush her teeth, she is 14 months old in May, and she hold mouth in a way that I barely get 3 seconds to brush her bottom teeth especially!

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Sal - posted on 04/24/2012

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My daughter went through the same thing and I just took a week off trying it had become a battle ground with no winner, I gave her the tooth brush to play with in the bath and she got used to putting it in her mouth again, then when we went back to it I would sing silly songs to her (Insy winsy spider climbed up ingrids leg , he clmbed on to her tummy her shoulder and her head then insy wincy spider put tooth paste on his feet and brushed I grids teeth with his little feet) yep 3 years on still singing the same silly song I made up in desperation

Elfrieda - posted on 04/24/2012

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It depends on your daughter's personality, I think. I still have to hold my 2-year-old son down to do his nightly tooth-brushing (his head on my knee and my other leg over his legs), but he doesn't really resent it or get traumatized. He struggles and complains at first, but usually by the end of the first verse (we brush for 2 verses) of "Old MacDonald had a farm" he's sort of singing along. If you think that would make your daughter totally adverse to toothbrushing, it's not a great idea, but for my son it works to tell him what needs to happen and then just make him do it whether he wants to or not.



And in the morning he chews on his toothbrush while I brush my teeth. Then I let him "spit" into the sink and rinse his toothbrush all by himself, which he loves.

Michelle - posted on 04/24/2012

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Try not making a big deal out of it. Let her chew on her toothbrush while she's in the bath. My now 2yo wouldn't let us near her for ages but she would just chew on it. Now she loves brushing her teeth and even wants me to to it for her.

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Alison - posted on 04/24/2012

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If it is an absolute aversion, you may want to talk to your doctor about it. There may be another underlying issue.

With my girls, I just brainwashed them about having pretty white teeth like mommy (my teeth are by no means fabulous, but to my daughters I'm the most beautiful princess there is!) or having yucky rotten teeth. You can also tell them about the sugar bugs that come and eat the food off of your teeth when you don't brush them. You obviously don't want to traumatize them, but this really helped with my girls.

Let her play with her toothbrush and brush her own teeth as much as possible.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/24/2012

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Use a wash cloth and wipe them down the best you can. You can only do so much. My daughter does the same thing, and so did my son. it is fairly common. Definitely let her do it, but them just take a wet wash cloth and do it really quick yourself.

Melissa - posted on 04/24/2012

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I agree, toddlers do understand a lot. Although the concept of mouth wash, or explaining that I need to brush the plaque off her teeth, which I do explain to her every time I brush her teeth, just isn't something she really knows, she doesn't even know what plaque is. I appreciate your last comment and will give her one of her own toothbrushes as she has a few already ;-)

Kate CP - posted on 04/24/2012

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Toddlers understand more than you think. But, if you're not sure, then let her do it herself or like Michelle suggested, let her chew on it. Get a bunch of cheap toothbrushes so when she destroys one with the chewing you have a new one to give her and let her have at it. She just needs to get used to the feeling of something like that in her mouth.

Melissa - posted on 04/24/2012

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She is only just turning 14 months old, she can't be told that stuff and understand. She can barely drink out of a real cup so the Mouthwash will be hard, the tablet may be too :-(

Thanks for your suggestion yet I am working with a 14 month old. I just pray that the little I can get out of each brushing session, will be enough :(

Kate CP - posted on 04/24/2012

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Get some mouthwash that changes color when it hits plaque. They make chewable tablets of it, too. Tell her you have to brush until all the color is gone.

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