Brushing Teeth

Debbie - posted on 08/15/2009 ( 22 moms have responded )

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I have a 3 year old daughter who I fight with daily to brush her teeth. She will take the toothbrush with toothpaste on it and then suck the toothpaste off and hold the toothbrush in her mouth. I encourage her to brush her teeth and I am usually brushing my teeth at the same time so she can observe and follow what I am doing. I end up having to brush her teeth at least once a day in order for them to get clean. This in turn causes her to cry and fight against me. Any suggestions on how I can make this process less traumatic for her?

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Louise - posted on 08/15/2009

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having the same promblem with my daughter, just will not scrub her teeth, tried everything i bought her a tigger brush as she loves tigger but it did not work, just be patient i guess

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Debbie - posted on 08/22/2009

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Thank you all for your great advice. We are still battling daily but I am at least trying to give her more options about brushing. I let her "brush" for a while and then I check her teeth before I let her put her toothbrush away. If I still see areas I think need further brushing then I take over and brush them for her. I am going to make an appointment to have my teeth cleaned and take her with me so that she can see what the dentist office looks like and what actually goes on. Then on the way out I will make her an appointment to have her teeth cleaned. Will see how it goes. Thanks again for all of your great advice.

Summer - posted on 08/15/2009

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I'm right there with you.... She screams.... we've tried making a song and dance out of it and that worked for a while, then we pretend different characters are here teeth or are hiding in her mouth, like, hey is that dora back there? She needs a bath! Let me get her clean... boots don't run your next.... and that works for the most part but its a CONSTANT struggle! - Summer (www.mommyandmedays.com)

Krista - posted on 08/15/2009

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My son used to brush his teeth just fine. Then, suddenly he didn't want to do it. He fights me as well. Kicks and screams and tries to get me to stop. It's hard because while he NEEDS to brush his teeth, I don't want to traumatize him.

Carly - posted on 08/15/2009

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When both my kids were babies I had to sit on them and pin their arms down brush with one hand and hold their mouths open with the other. I had talked to the doctor to see if it was worth all the trouble and he said absolutely YES. So if you need to tackle and pin her do it. Beautiful teeth are worth it.

Carly - posted on 08/15/2009

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have her brush your teeth while you do hers. Also by 3 she should have seen a dentist get him on board and have him tell her the importance of mommy brushing her teeth.

Donna - posted on 08/15/2009

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You might be able to show her what rotten teeth look like from a picture on the web. Then tell her why her teeth will rot. Sometimes when they ask for a snack you can tell them they will have to brush teeth afterwards, that might get them to do it. Make sure you show where the foods hits on the chewers and how it gets stuck between teeth. It is soooo cute to watch when they floss. My kids just wanted to copy me and I absolutly just gave them floss and explained what I was doing til they got it on their own. Information is the KEY to teaching your kids, they love it....WHY DO I HAVE TO BRUSH? BECAUSE I SAID JUST DOESN'T WORK. WELL.

Sharon - posted on 08/15/2009

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Nope my kids went through that phase & I'm not having it. At 3 they're pushing their limits. And now is the time to nip it before it gets worse.



I took my kids to the bathroom, used the blue stuff to show that they were lying to me, and then took away desert for that night (yeah it was backwards but it was for this reason ).



When the kids were toddlers - if they brushed their teeth properly they got to pick a prize, just like at the dentist. This was a box of stuff they never saw except when they properly brushed their teeth. If I had to send them back to redo it, then they didn't get a prize. But if they went a week properly brushing their teeth they got a bigger prize (small cheap barbie or a bag of army men) from target or walmart.



Now @7 + yrs old they do it just 'cause they're supposed to. I'm working on flossing now. UGH.

Millie - posted on 08/15/2009

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you are doing a good job, i suggest that you ask her to help you brush your teeth and then ask her to allow you to help brush her's try to have the tooth brushing the same time everyday so she knows it coming up, maybe try a vibration tooth brush.



i have a 10 month old and we have been brushing before he had teeth in the hope i would never run into thus issue cross fingers!

Lydia - posted on 08/15/2009

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Quoting Rhiannon:

they have mouthwash for kids that colors their teeth so they see where to brush to get it off. they have toothbrushes that light up or play music to make it more entertaining (also the music plays for the length they shoulh brush) so encourage her not to stop until the music does.
i basically started with my kids by telling them if they dont brish their teeth they will fall out :)



hahah - yeah we tried that line on our goddaughter. It kinda backfired because she had just started losing her baby teeth andshe actually WANTED the wobbly ones to fallout ! So we had to tell her that they would hurt really really badly before they actually fel out - oops :)

Rhiannon - posted on 08/15/2009

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they have mouthwash for kids that colors their teeth so they see where to brush to get it off. they have toothbrushes that light up or play music to make it more entertaining (also the music plays for the length they shoulh brush) so encourage her not to stop until the music does.

i basically started with my kids by telling them if they dont brish their teeth they will fall out :)

Lydia - posted on 08/15/2009

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I make a game out of it with my niece when Im at my sisters. I stand her on the sink and we both face the mirror. She starts by just sucking the toothpaste off and then I ask her if she can do this and give her an exagerrated demonstration of brushing a section of her teeth with funny sounds and faces - she loves it.

Karmen M. - posted on 08/15/2009

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I struggle with my 2 yr old at times. I have learned, this might sound gross, but let do it in the bath tub first thing. That is when my child alows me to help, and he attempts on his own. Then there isn't such a mess. Just an idea.

Michelle - posted on 08/15/2009

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hey my 2yr old is g8t wif her teeth, i strtd out makin it a gane... i dont have to nemore but i used to sing " this is the way we brush our teeth brush our teeth, this is the way" etc etc n do a funny dance wen it was her turn wif the tooth brush( i brush her teeth then rinse the brush unda wata n then its her turn to brush her teeth) she luvd it she still cracks up laughin now if ido it

Carisa - posted on 08/15/2009

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I would tell her that in the morning she can brush her teeth all by her self but before bed mumma brushes them. This probably has more to do with control than with actually brushing her teeth. Unless she has other sensitivities like certain clothes and socks, sensitivity to sound or lights... she may have very sensitive gums and it tickles when you brush them, therefore, not pleasent to do...

Hanna - posted on 08/15/2009

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well, i haven't brushed my son's teeth yet being that he doesn't have teeth yet, but my youngest brother (16 years younger than me) had problems brushing teeth when he was little -- for whatever reason he didn't like the taste of toothpaste. what helped was going out and buying him a cool tooth brush (which he picked out) and a cool tooth paste -- it was one of those standing up push-button ones he liked pushing it and watch the toothpaste come out. from there on out, it was far less painful to get him to do it.

and i think he had some kind of a reward system too, like extra 15 minutes of story time (dad used to read him long chapter books so he always couldn't wait to hear what happens next). and then we went to the dentist and he told him a story about shiny teeth and healthy teeth and that definitely stimulated him to brush better :). Good luck!

Hanna - posted on 08/15/2009

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there's a new listerine that colors your plaque blue or green designed to stimulate kids to brush properly. maybe you can try that so that he sees why you tell him to brush. alternatively, maybe you need a different-tasting tooth paste and a cool toothbrush won't hurt either, maybe you can pick it out together to make sure he likes it. good luck!

User - posted on 08/15/2009

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Debbie get down to her level, and with your toothbrush in you mouth show her what you want her to do. Then tell her do like mommy does. You have to do it step by step. each time praise her. then give her a mirror and show her what she has done. It worked for me. Amanda used to do the same thing Angel does until I sat on the floor with a mirror. Good luck and don't get mad, she will fight you more.

Lisa - posted on 08/15/2009

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See if you can find one of the ones that plays music or jingles while she brushes and let her know she can only use the "special brush" if she doesn't fight you ;O)

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