how do i clean my 1 year old teeth

DORCAS - posted on 07/27/2011 ( 56 moms have responded )

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My 1 year old son has ten teeth and dont know how to clean them.

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Elizabeth - posted on 06/28/2012

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my son is 1year n 3 months old and he dose not let me brush his teeth he turns his head away bites n scream bloody muder.... How can i brush he teeth n what tooth brush should i get him????

Jenny - posted on 04/09/2013

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paano magbrush ng ngipen ng anak ko .one years old sya.at ano po pwde clogate sa kanya salamat

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Find a very soft brush and ask your dentist what kind of toothpaste. I used a mild tasting child's. The trick was to lay them on the floor with their head in your lap. Don't use much paste or they will need to spit. Just a little bit. Having their head on your lap is like being at the dentist. You can see in their mouth and they get used to someone over their head. I brushed my boys teeth this way for years!! THey actually loved it and I could see what I was doing. Of course, singing and playing and chatting and giggling must happen as well. Here's a song I still sing at times to my boys, 13 and 11 years old now. NO - I DON'T BRUSH THEIR TEETH ANYMORE! Here you go.... to the tune of row, row your boat..... "Brush, brush, brush your teeth, brush them till their clean. Scrub them, Scrub them, scrub them, scrub them - till their all shiny" Have fun!

Amy - posted on 07/27/2011

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Flouride free toothpaste and a toothbrush. Have him watch you brush your teeth and maybe let him help so he'll let you brush his. He may love it or he may hate just try to make it fun!

Myra - posted on 08/24/2011

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you will have to clean them for him using a kids flouride toothpaste, after you brush you dont have to rinse leave on the flouride to protect his teeth. Make it fun, make up a song on brushing your teeth, and after he gets into it have him brush his teeth while you brush yours, good luck.

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Rebecca - posted on 01/24/2014

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You should not use fluoride toothpaste on a toddler and you REALLY shouldn't leave it in their mouth. That stuff is poisonous if swallowed.

Jane - posted on 08/22/2011

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An electric toothbrush is the way to go! With wiggly kids, it’s hard to ensure all their teeth get brushed with a manual toothbrush. With an electric one, the brush just needs to touch the tooth and it gets cleaned. Plus, with the sound and motion of the brush, it prepares them for visiting the dentist. We “play” dentist whenever we brush our kids teeth, so when they go to the dentist, it’s not much different.

Heather - posted on 08/09/2011

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I use to work in a dds office and a pedo office. If you dont want to use a toothbrush you can use a sterile cloth like at the dentist office. You dont have to use toothpaste but if you do no flouride.

Amanda - posted on 08/02/2011

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I got a kids toothbrush (mine love elmo) and baby training toothpaste w/o any flouride. I would put just a little paste on the brush and brush their teeth, then let them brush their own teeth. Now that my kids are 2 1/2 we use kids toothpaste, still just a little bit and I brush their teeth then let them brush their own teeth. It seems to work and they love brushing their own teeth and feeling like big kids.

Sara - posted on 08/02/2011

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My daughter had 12 teeth at the age of 1 and I had been brushing them since she got 2 teeth at 5 months old. She would brush mine and I would brush hers she is now 19 months old with 16 teeth and she brushes her own teeth twice daily. We have always used a brush and ok she went through a stage of just chewing the brush but with a little toothpaste on it (she doesn't like mint flavoured) then it's doing it's job. You can use a cotton bud if the toothbrush head is too large for his mouth but on the whole they enjoy it-

TRACY - posted on 07/31/2011

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when my son was that age i would let him brush my teeth he would let me do his teeth!!!

Kelsey - posted on 07/30/2011

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I use flouride toothpaste because it definatly helps prevent cavities and if you use the recommended amount it doesnt really hurt them to swallow a little bit...you should clean twice a day as soon as they start getting teeth! I put my daughter on the counter while I brush my teeth then give her her toothpaste to chew on while I do mine and then when I am done I put toothpaste on her toothbrush and I tell her to say "AAAAHHHH" and she will open her mouth wide open and I will brush and I also sing a modified version of "row your boat"....brush, brush,brush your teeth, brush them til they shine, brush them twice everyday and then you'll keep them white" and sometimes when she just doesnt co-operate, I hold her head still and brush them anyhow. they need to be brushed. doesn't matter how you do it...

Nicole - posted on 07/30/2011

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They make tooth brushes and toothpaste for babies.Like Amy said let him help you brush your teeth,or try making up a song about brushing your teeth.

Kirsty - posted on 07/30/2011

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Electronic toothbrushes seem to please children as they like the tickle feeling and letting them practice for themselves then checking with a final cleaning from an adult will show them how to look after their teeth. I have always taken my children to 6monthly checkups at the dentist from 6months of age to get them used to it and they advise on which toothpaste to use and how to get your children to brush their teeth properly from the beginning.

Shannon - posted on 07/30/2011

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the dentist that i have for my kids wont see them until they start school (is that normal?) but anyway, with my 3 kids (6, 4 and 1) I have given them each to start a baby toothbrush that had rubber nubs for them to chew on when they were teething. then after the teeth were in, we sat in the bathroom when i brushed my teeth, they got to play with their brush when i did mine so they could imitate. i taught them to all open their mouths so i could see the teeth they had and give it a good brush (super quick to start). the older two would let me floss their teeth at around 2 when i did it first. the littlest one, will steal all the toothbrushes out of the bathroom and walk around the house 'brushing' her teeth all day; she is also the most difficult to get to sit so i can make sure her teeth are clean but we do a little at a time and it makes it easier.

Milla - posted on 07/29/2011

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give him a tooth brush and let him chew on it, no paste is needed yet, what ever you do do not give orange and fruit juice , it rots the teeth by the age of 5, just give water and milk to drink- it certainly worked for my kids - milla

Rachael - posted on 07/29/2011

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all those are great ideas but with him being one he isn't quiet sure about brushing teeth.. The best thing is get the training toothpaste with the finger brush and use it.. Make it fun like entertaining her where he will open his mouth like in aplaying manner say" I'm gonna get those teeth and rub the finer brush on his lips.. The key is to make it fun... My 4 year old loves it.. He always says guess what time it is... It's brush your teeth time.. As he gets older

Jeanne - posted on 07/29/2011

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I am a hygienist. I would recommend an infant toothbrush and water. All ur trying to do is remove plaque. U don't really need toothpaste at this age. I didn't start using training toothpaste until about 2- 2 1/2 on my kids. I still brush my kids teeth and they r 4 and 6. I've been flossing their teeth since they were 2. There were times they didn't like either but they got it done anyway. A healthy mouth leads to a healthy body. Also, babies aren't born with the bacteria that causes decay... The inherit it from their parents. So it is important that both of u keep ur mouths clean also.

Mary - posted on 07/29/2011

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Thank you, Karen Conwell, for pointing out that adult toothpaste can be dangerous for kids to swallow. Personally, it scares the **** out of me to think that the Rx toothpaste I have to use could kill either one of my grandchildren (ages 3 and 4). But the dentist wants me to use it, so I do. I also keep it way up high on the top shelf of the medicine cabinet.

Elena - posted on 07/29/2011

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Just let him play with a toothbrush- preferably when u brush ur teeth- do the playful your turn.. Mommy's turn... Let him copy you. This will help him become familiar with the process. To help you get a good cleaning in- u can use a moist towel wrapped around ur finger, brush his teetb with a toothbrush as a normal part of the bath routine- or (not sure what they're called)- you can get a finger tooth brush. It's like a finger cot, the tip has a small brush. You can find them in the baby section.

Tyeisha - posted on 07/29/2011

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Hi Dorcas, I have a 1 year old too. Ever since he had teeth I've been brushing his with Baby Orajel Tooth & Gum Cleanser(Fluoride-FREE). It's a clear gel. It came with a finger sleeve toothbrush. They also have the one with a regular toothbrush. I brought it from Target. His pediatrician says it's fine for him & for me to push a tiny bit (because it contains fluoride) of children's toothpaste on his teeth at night to help keep his tooth enamel strong. Also at a year old babies can start to go to the dentist too. So schedule an appt with your dentist to receive further instruction.

Karen - posted on 07/29/2011

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I guess you are getting mixed comments here so maybe ask your pediatrician what they recommend. Most city water already has flouride in it so you should check and see if yours does. Whats there should def. be enough for a 1yr old.

Karen - posted on 07/29/2011

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I really would not worry about 1yr old. I would use the super soft baby toothbrush and a teensy amount of toothpaste on it and brush for him. Then have another for him to chew on. basically there is not going to be much on his teeth so a regular lint free cloth with water will work...or even the toothbursh with water is fine. once he starts getting more teeth he will be used to using the toothbrush. You must get the childrens toothpaste or ones made for babies. Adult toothpastes can be dangerous if swallowed.

Celeste - posted on 07/29/2011

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I found some teeth wipes at my local drug store that you could use with your finger to clean out his mouth/cheeks, etc.. My son liked sucking on them. Once he was 18 months, he wanted to copy me using his toothbrush. I did my best when he was 12 months, but it's hard! Just do it the best you can, it gets easier when they can put the yummy toothpaste on the brush themselves (We like Burt's Bees orange flavor for kids). Remember, part of what you're doing at this age is just creating the habit...

Alexandra - posted on 07/29/2011

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with a toothbrush and a itsy bitsy crest for kids toothpaste. we sit them near the sink and brush the teeth with the baby close to our body: if they make a sudden move we don't hurt them then.

Kristin - posted on 07/29/2011

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They sell a toothbrush and training toothpaste at target or walmart for around $5. Just brush his teeth, eventually he'll want to be a big boy and do it himself. The younger you start the less of a battle it will be when he's older. My dentist also advised me to brush for the full 2 minutes an adult and child should be brushing and it's also not too early to start flossing. = D

Denise - posted on 07/29/2011

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My grandson has been cleaning his teeth since the age of 8mths and now he is 19 mths old,he started my watching his Poppy every morning ,then he wanted to have a turn,he has his own Tigger Toothbrush and he just does it every morning and night now,I say time to clean your teeth and he runs to the bathroom,let him see it's a daily thing and Kody has a toothbrush now that moves on it's own and thinks it's great ,he cleans up the back and sides .,hope this helps.

Stephanie - posted on 07/29/2011

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you can also use a wet wash rag if they are not comfortable with toothbrush

Rachel - posted on 07/29/2011

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I have not read all of the advice given below but one thing that I have not seen is making sure when you do get to brush his teeth that you brush using small circles and get all the way up to the gum line. I started brushing my kids kids teeth with my finger and toothpaste when they were 3 months (no they did not have teeth yet - to get them used to it) and then graduated to a brush and flouride toothpaste when their teeth came in. Make it fun but not optional twice a day and definitiely before bed with nothing to eat or drink after. I have three kids 9,11,and 13 and no cavitities to date. They are avid flossers and brushers and seldom need reminding.

Jennifer - posted on 07/29/2011

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They make little toothbrushes with characters on them for little ones age 6 mo and up, I believe. They also make toothpaste that is safe to swallow...by Ora-gel and that is what I used for my kids. When my daughter turned 3, we introduced toothpaste...Crest for kids that had flouride and taught her how to swish with water and spit out the toothpaste when brushing. I also gave both my kids a little toothbrush to 'play with' while I watched and they would pretend to brush their stuffed animals and dolls teeth...kind of made teeth brushing more of a fun activity for them.

Tiffany - posted on 07/29/2011

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6 months and older is time to start introducing floride...My doctor gave me floride drops to give my son everyday then at the age of 1 i started brushing his teeth with kids toothpaste that has floride in it, but you only use a very small amount and then use the brush after with water to try and rinse any out to keep them from swallowing to much... :) He doesn't always like it but is trying to start helping and doing it himself

Karen - posted on 07/29/2011

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@ mary - my son's dentist said that children should be using flouride toothpaste from the start actually. we've been taking him to the dentist since he was 1 (first visit was 6 months after his first tooth came through) and he's already had 2 flouride treatments done. i wasn't so sure of it the first time so i called around to a few other pediatric dentists and where i live it's recommended based on new dental studies...

Mary - posted on 07/29/2011

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There are reasons for nonfluoridated toothpaste for little ones, most important of which would be that little ones SWALLOW rather than spit the foam created by the toothpaste/gel. Fluoride is NOT SAFE to be ingested. If you are a dental nurse, you should KNOW that.

Amber - posted on 07/29/2011

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they do make finger tooth brushes that come with safety tooth paste and also make smaller tooth brushes i used to put my son on my lap while i brushed his teeth it really is not that hard!

Christine - posted on 07/29/2011

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HI Assuming you are in Kenya, go to any supermarket and look for baby toothbrushes and baby toothpaste. They normally have tagged age limits. I started my baby girl on one for 6-12 months when she was 8 months old, I got mine at Uchumi supermarket.

At first she would swallow and chew the brush, then i would help her slowly with it. Nowadays she does know how to brush coz we do it together everyday, though she still chews her brush ;-)

Faye - posted on 07/29/2011

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How do you clean yours???????????? Why are you waiting until he is a year old? You should have been brushing them since they first came in.

Sal - posted on 07/29/2011

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soft tooth brush kids tooth paste, don;t make it an ordeal, make it fun....i would sing silly songs to my kids, they loved it, if they struggle and don;t like it, don;t make too big deal of it, just do it again tomorrow and then the next day, i also found i let them play with the brush in the bath so they get comfortable with it, and let them see you do it, and if you're game let them brush yours, it is all just letting them get comfortable a few weeks of it not being done too perfect followed by a life time of happy brushing in my opinion is better than a battle for weeks and weeks over geeting it perfect straight off..

Julie - posted on 07/29/2011

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It is fun for them to brush there teeth and chewing on the brush is ok but you need to brush them for them until they are at least 7 or 8 and then you need to check there brushing after they brush.

Amanda - posted on 07/29/2011

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Im sorry but id suggest kids toothpaste that contains flouride,which helps there teeth.Im qualified as a dental nurse.We lived in area were the water contained flouride to area which has none,my son has a calcium deficency and flouride is important.A tiny baby toothbrush is good nothing fancy,even if they just chew the brush first it doesnt matter,just try and give them a brush once they have a try.

Kelsey - posted on 07/28/2011

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My daughter just turned 19 months old and is already one of the most independent, my way or the highway kind of girls! I have just a "toddler" toothbrush and the Colgate "training toothpaste" for her and my doctor reccomnded that when trying to brush her teeth, put the toothpaste on, like normal, but let her try to do it first and then after she's had enough of it, me go in after her. Since she already had her fun with the toothbrush, I can get in there and clean them better because she's not trying to fight me for it! It has worked wonders! :)

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we sing that "you brush your teeth" song, when we started brushing i would sit him on the bathroon bench and brush them with a soft 0-2yrs tooth brush and "milk teeth" toothpaste. Now he is nearly 3 he has a turn and then I have a turn, which works pretty well too. And I always brush my teeth when he does, so he can see and mimick.

Mary - posted on 07/28/2011

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I would take my grandson's soft toothbrush (with the non-fluoridated gel for small children) and brush "top and bottom, front and back" and then hand the toothbrush to him to brush "top and bottom, front and back." First it was Grandma's turn, then it was HIS turn. After a few months of that, he was doing a pretty good job by himself. Also teaching him to spit made it fun for him.

What I really admire is the cousin who is a periodontist actually getting her little boy to floss (under the age of THREE!!!) ... we didn't try that at our house.

Sarah - posted on 07/28/2011

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I have a two yr. old daughter that didnt like brushing her teeth for a while or would get half of them i asked her dr. and she told me to make it fun by letting her brush mine and me brush hers. i randomly made up a teeth brushing song...

Krista - posted on 07/28/2011

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The ladies here have made some good suggestions. One thing I would suggest, if you want to give them a good cleaning, is to hand him your toothbrush and say "Clean Mommy's teeth!" He'll have fun trying to brush your teeth, while you take his toothbrush and toothpaste and give his teeth a good going-over.

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As previously said, get him a fun multy coloured tooth brush and let him chew. Chewing will basically do the job. Front teeth are straight and don't tend to get plaque build, it's those molars that you really need to look out for (not to say you shouldn't brush ALL your teeth!). It's also very important that they brush/chew for 2mins so I suggest a timer or, as I do, sing a little song. My son loves twinkle little star (x2) & we have s little dance while we brush too!
Some days will be better than others but, above all, persevere!! Good luck!

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Our son has a baby toothbrush and toothpaste, I give him the brush to 'brush' his teeth whilst I do mine then I brush them properly, side to side and up and down. At first you will find he will chew on the brush but as he learns he will start trying to brush his teeth as you do.

Our son started 'brushing' at 8 months when his first teeth came in and now at 21 months tries to actually brush them, also for making dentist trips and what not easier work on teaching the open wide mouth :-)

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Our son has a baby toothbrush and toothpaste, I give him the brush to 'brush' his teeth whilst I do mine then I brush them properly, side to side and up and down. At first you will find he will chew on the brush but as he learns he will start trying to brush his teeth as you do.

Our son started 'brushing' at 8 months when his first teeth came in and now at 21 months tries to actually brush them, also for making dentist trips and what not easier work on teaching the open wide mouth :-)

Terry - posted on 07/28/2011

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just a small soft bristle brush with a little bit of toothpaste but my pediatrician told me not to worry too much about brushing at that age; it's a good starting point though. My daughter is three now and she's addicted to brushing.

Mia - posted on 07/28/2011

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My 10 month old currently has 8 teeth and 2 more coming in @ thw bottom. I use the training tooth paste and an age appropriate tooth brush. I brush top and bottom twice then he takes the tooth brush fron me and plays with it. He has had teeth since he was 7 months old so I started out using the oral b gum brush and gel so he is pretty much used to it @ this point. Just try to make it fun by getting him a character tooth brush and make a song or a game out of it.

Mathapelo - posted on 07/28/2011

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My daughter use to just eat the toopaste and with water...she would chew whatever toothbrush I tried, but she got to see what i do, but i still struggle stopping her from eating the toothpast

Sherri - posted on 07/27/2011

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Give him a soft bristled baby toothbrush and let him chew on it, When he watches the rest of the family brush their teeth, he'll get the idea.

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