Brushing teeth?

Lucy - posted on 10/18/2010 ( 32 moms have responded )

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My son has 4 teeth and i'm guilty of not brushing them as soon as they came out so now I've tried to wipe them with a cloth before he goes to bed but he won't let me get anywhere near his mouth. What are others doing to brush their teeth?

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Tiziana - posted on 11/07/2010

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For my little one I found a little toothbrush that looks like a banana, the peel is folded back like handles and he loves to chew on it, and it helps a lot when he is teething also. I found it @ Buy Buy Baby. And I have a finger toothbrush and I try to get in there but doesnt always happen :)

Lucy - posted on 11/04/2010

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Thanks everyone. I bought an infant toothbrush and sometimes he lets me brush his teeth (he thinks it's funny) and most times he pulls it out of my hand and gnaws on it which I guess is better than nothing!

Zenelle - posted on 11/01/2010

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My son has 8 teeth, I brush or wipe them while bathing him, he also likes brushing his own teeth.

Sarah - posted on 10/29/2010

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My son has 9 teeth and I brush them with a baby toothbrush and toothpaste that is safe to swallow, I started brushing his when he had about 4 teeth, he lets me do it. It's ok that you didn't, but you should start now.

Amanda - posted on 10/28/2010

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i bought my son 2 tooth brushes, one he uses and bites on and what not the other i use to brush his teeth!

Ali - posted on 10/28/2010

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My daughter only has 2 teeth. I started brushing her gums before they cut through - to get her used to it. We brush them every morning after getting dressed and again after bath at night. She lets me do it a bit first and then I let her have a turn - she gnaws on it, but its all good as she s getting used to having it in her mouth - I use the pigeon training toothbrushes - they are fantastic! They have a special circular cap thing so that the baby cant stick the brush too far into their throats! There are 3 in a set and they are used according to how many teeth your baby has.



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Katy - posted on 10/28/2010

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I just got a baby toothbrush and I hold Ivan on my hip when I brush my teeth - I get excited and say "brush, brush, brush!" he tries to do what I'm doing and though I can tell he's not really scrubbing his teeth - I think it's a good enough introduction. Also agree not feeding a sweet diet should help. I think they have the kind of toothbrusher that you can slip on your finger too so you could try that. I've met plenty of young kids who could've brushed their teeth more, but not a single one who didn't know how - so I wouldn't sweat it too much...

Vanessa - posted on 10/26/2010

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I started brushin my now 10 month olds teeth before he even had teeth! When he was a few months old I was use that finger brush with just some warm water just to rinse out some if that left over milk.. I did that a few times a day, plus I heard it was good for the gums to get a little massaging. Then I started using baby tooth paste at 5 months and when his teeth starting coming in around the same time I used a baby tooth brush. He usually smiled when I did it. I would sing a quick brushing teeth song and smile at him to make him laugh to keep his mouth open. Now he usually doesn't fight me unless he's tired. But I still sing him the song and tell him to say aww and open up wiiiiide.. Im not sure if it's because I've been doing it for so long that he already knows or if it's the singing or what, but I'm just glad he enjoys it. I sometimes let him hang onto the brush with me while I'm brushing his teeth to let him feel included. I also try to make it a quick process as well haha

Nuriniatti - posted on 10/26/2010

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I'm lucky coz I don't have any problem to brush my daughter's teeth.. But sometimes she doesn't want to let me brush her teeth, but I told her that if she doesn't brush her teeth, the worms will grow up in her mouth and she will has toothache.. then, she will let me..

Stevie - posted on 10/26/2010

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My daughter plays with her toothbrush during bath time. I do have a finger tooth brush that I use. Getting her used to doing "ee's and ah's" to get the front of her teeth and the backs is great! Some people believe in brushing diligently at this age but making it fun and letting her have the freedom to explore the sensation of a brush and taste of kids toothpaste is a ton of fun! As for the cloth...I would hate for someone to do that to me...just make it fun and let him play with it. Do not feel guilty, you are doing great!

Candice - posted on 10/25/2010

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Since about 7 months we've just handed a toothbrush to our son and he just chewed it, now he tries to move it around and I'll hold it and show him in the mirror how to brush. We find he loves to brush and when he sees us doing it and signals with noises for us to get his! Its pretty funny and we know he is not brushing well but he is learning I guess!

Keira - posted on 10/25/2010

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my son has 7 teeth and I have just given him a baby toothbrush and he chews it. It seems to do the job :-)

Joyce - posted on 10/25/2010

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I got a finger toothbrush from mothercare and it really works well because you have aclose clean for me, it's better than toothbrush because he won't let me use it on him.

Zelda - posted on 10/25/2010

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My baby girl has 8 teeth and are now 10 months old. I actually brush her teeth and she loves it. Try to use one of those baby toothbrushes.

Kaara - posted on 10/24/2010

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i brought a tooth brush teether from coles (aust) and i gave it to my son as son as he could hold things himself, i have about 4 of them some in nappy bags and one in the bath i give it to him to play with and he "brushes" his own teeth,

Nikita - posted on 10/24/2010

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mu son just sits there with his mouth open, he has 4 teeth i do the top and bottom with a little kids toothpaste. I also make funny sounds when i do it. After i have finished i give him the tooth brush and he has a go (or a chew) him self. But i make it heaps of fun. I try and do his teeth 2 times a day or at least after i do mine in the morning

Brittany - posted on 10/23/2010

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With both my little ones I just started wiping their gums clean at night with a warm wet washcloth. Our ped recommened it & because we started early they never had a problem letting us brush. Sometimes when they're teething or just grumpy my husband or I will brush our teeth first & let them watch. That way they're excited about it when it's their turn. :) Hope that helps....good luck!!

Jessica - posted on 10/22/2010

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My son use to use the finget tip brush until he started biting me as I would brush his teeth so now we use a toothbrush. I got the begginer toothbrush for him and when I got it I gave it to him to play with and he started doing it himself. Now when I try to brush them he takes it away from me and does it himself.

Kyndle - posted on 10/22/2010

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my 10 month old has 6 teeth and I even brushed her gums when she was younger. at first I used a wet wash cloth but when she got her 1st 2 teeth I went to a tooth brush that we got from her dentist. I brush her teeth in the morning and at night after she has her last cup of milk... at first she didnt really like it but she helps me brush them now. I just ask her to smile and let me see her teeth and thats when I start to brush them. I tell her what im doing while im doing it.. and she usually helps hold the tooth brush... and if she wakes up in the middle of the night or wants something else to drink I give her water.....its best if your child wants a bottle or cup to lay down put water in it... it will help keep their teeth healthier...

Karlee - posted on 10/22/2010

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I try to brush my son's 8 teeth every morning and night, but there are times when he won't let me. So, I usually just give hime the toothbrush and let him chew on it/move it around in his mouth. It may not be as effective as me brushing them, but it's something.

Jennifer - posted on 10/22/2010

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when our son was born I started to wipe his tongue clean during bath time. Now I give him a rubber tooth brush (by Nuby) and he plays around with it but I also still wipe his tongue and teeth as much as he'll let me.

Becky - posted on 10/22/2010

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I work at a pediatric dental office, and we encourage parents to both help during brushing, parents sitting facing each other one parent will hold the child facing them, with their legs around parents waist, lay your child back into the lap of the other parent who will have the tooth brush. The parent brushing should use one hand to brush and the other to control the head. The parent not brushing will be using their elbows to hold the child's knees to prevent kicking and their hands holding the child's to prevent grabbing. This works great, and parents have had lots of success using this method. Pretty soon, as the child gets older, they will realize this is going to happen with or with out their co-operation, and give in. You should take your child in to a dentist when the first tooth appears for great tips, and establishing a trusted dentist, in case of an emergency.

Mel - posted on 10/21/2010

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My daughter born on the 4th of dec, nearly has her 10th tooth through. as soon as she started to teeth, i started brushing her gums but turned it into a song. I sing to her when i do it. she loves the feel,when she was toothless, she loved the feeling of the brissles rubbing her sore and tender gums, as it massaged her gums. i think this helped her teeth.... we have never had sleepless nights when teething, her last couple came through and we didnt even know.... However i was always told you should never use tooth paste until they knew to spit it out....

Katherine - posted on 10/19/2010

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YES!! I used one of those at first too! My girls now have a toothbrush that has a suction cup on the bottom which they think its so fun to stick it to the tub and pull it off...whatever works!!

Francesca - posted on 10/19/2010

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I've got a little flexible brush that fits over my finger. Then if I can just get one finger into her mouth I can brush her one little tooth that's poking out... Look up "Fingertip toothbrush".

User - posted on 10/19/2010

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There are some toothbrushes with plastic bristles that my oldest liked to chew on, which resulted in him 'brushing' his teeth. My 10 month old is still toothless! :)!

Milanka - posted on 10/19/2010

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I think that you have to be patient and wait untill your son let you brash his teeth. My opinion is that more important is to feed your baby properly, meaning healthy, without sweets, than wipping his teeth. Maybe, you can byu him his first brush and give him to play with it. That will make him happy, at least, my son is very satisfied. His teeth will remain healthy and white in next couple of months, and then he will let you to brush his teeth.

Belinda - posted on 10/19/2010

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My daughter has two teeth and wont let me put a toothbrush near her mouth, she will happily play with it and stick the wrong end in her mouth and chomp on that but thats as far as we can get. I cant even get a cloth close to wipe them

Jo - posted on 10/19/2010

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my son has 6 teeth and we brush his teeth after he eats his supper. well i should say, that i "attempt" to brush them - he usually grabs the toothbrush out of my hand and just puts it in his mouth and sucks on it! haha. i also feel abit guilty that i don't brush them properly every evening.

Jessica - posted on 10/18/2010

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I got the giggles and grins tooth brush and tooth paste(i think thats what its called) He seems to tolerate it. But I too am guilty of started it late when he got 4 teeth. He has 6 now. I should brush them more often but things get hectic and I forget. For some reason he will only let me brush his teeth and clean his face if I smile and make weird high pitch noises and faces at him while I do it.

Katherine - posted on 10/18/2010

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My daughter has 4 teeth too...and I brush her (and my 2.5 year old's teeth) during bath time...sometimes she pulls back and doesn't want me to brush them, but I try to explain what I'm doing and she let's me...you don't have to brush for long or hard, just try to get at least a few good strokes! I noticed since I started letting her play with the toothbrush after I do the initial brush she now doesn't mind it really...and she tries to do it herself! Hope this helps! Good luck!

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