how do you brush babies teeth when they continue to grab the brush from you and close their mouth?!

Rachael - posted on 05/06/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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my baby boy has 3 teeth on the bottom and every morning n night i have the same struggle trying to brush them! he will try and grab the brush from me,and if i don't let him he pulls his head away and won't open his mouth,so sometimes i only manage to get a bit of toothpaste on them.ive tried giving him something else to hold but he still wont let me brush them! any ideas?

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Emelee - posted on 05/13/2010

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my son tried the same thing so tried the "teething brush" its sold at Walmart it is a finger cover that has little brushers on it. They cant take it away and if you put the fruit flavored toddler paste on it they will let you brush. I used it on my son and now hes 3 and brushes his own teeth every night because he likes the feeling of clean teeth.

Denise - posted on 05/12/2010

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let him brush them...show him how and demonstrate with your own teeth...let him know he's getting to be a big boy to brush his teeth all by himself..good luck..it worked for my kids

Amy - posted on 05/12/2010

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at this age it's more for getting them to get used to brushing. And I heard that a dentist say that if the child just chews on the brush that is enough.

What I did with my son was when i brush my teeth I'd show him how I brushed my teeth, then I'd brush his. After a while he now loves to brush his teeth and puts a fit when you take the brush away! If you'r doing it too, he may be more willing to give it a try.

Sandra - posted on 05/11/2010

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Just let him chew on it. He is not used to the "new thing" you are trying to put in his mouth. Just sit with him on your lap so you can keep an eye on him and let him chew away. He will get used to the feeling of this "thing" in his mouth and you can work at s-l-o-w-l-y introducing the brushing part. Don't worry about rotten teeth. That won't happen at this age, unless you are putting him to sleep with a bottle in his mouth. Good luck. And remember to take it slow, it will be OK.

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We had this struggle for a bit too.

Finally we got our son to understand that we weren't going to give him a turn with his toothbrush if he didn't let Mommy or Daddy have a turn first.

Some nights we have no issues and others it can be a struggle and then he doesn't get his turn.



We also found that he let us brush easier if he got to try and brush Mommy or Daddy's teeth at the same time with their toothbrush.



Good luck!

Catherine - posted on 05/10/2010

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How old is he? If he only has 3 teeth, I would say it's not the end of the world if they don't get brushed properly. Eventually as he gets older, it will get easier.

Krystle - posted on 05/09/2010

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you should try letting him do it himself while you brush your own, and that may make him feel like he has "big boy" responsibilities. And of course it'll make him feel grown up like you.

Anita - posted on 05/09/2010

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let your child hold the tooth brush and guide/teach them to brush or u can buy another toothbrush and let him play with that one whilst u brush his teeth

Mandi - posted on 05/08/2010

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My daughter is very independent and has never wanted me to brush her teeth (beyond the early days when I used the brush on my finger). We use and electric toothbrush and I make sure there is toothpaste on it. There are some days that it seems like she does more chewing than actual brushing. She has a cousin (who is 4 months older than her) and when they brush them together they seem to brush longer than if she is in the bathroom with me when I brush my teeth.

Janice - posted on 05/06/2010

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As awful as it sounds, my dentist told me to hold my daughter and make her cry so that I could do her teeth. My other, better suggestion is to try to do hand over hand, have your son hold on to the tooth brush and then put your hand over his so that he can help you brush his teeth. You might need to let him "help" you brush yours first.

Katie - posted on 05/06/2010

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My daughter does pretty much the same thing. I usually brush my own teeth and let her hold onto her toothbrush and sometimes that actually gets her to brush her own because she wants to be like mommy and do what mommy does. Try brushing your teeth and see if he follows what you do. If not then just try to get a few brushes in before he closes his mouth on you.

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