how on earth do i get to brush his teeth/gums????

Agnieszka - posted on 10/13/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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my baby is 8 1/2 months old. he doesn't have any teeth yet but i know i should have been brushing his gums right from the start. i could never reach his gums, though, as he would start to cry immediately. now i HAVE TO start brushing them as i almost see his teeth coming out but he just won't let me do it. he cries and pushes my hands away. and damn is he strong. what do i do? please help!
no cry-it-out method please, i'm against it

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Erin - posted on 10/16/2010

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At this point it is all about distraction. Let her hold something she likes to keep her hands busy and then give it a go. You will only get in there for a few seconds but the more you do it the longer you will get in there. Do it about three times a day and before you know it she will be better about it. Good luck.

Melanie - posted on 10/16/2010

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Old trick from a friend of mine... wet a washcloth with something familiar that they like (juice, a little bit of jam, something sweet-ish) and let them chew / suck on it... They get the feeling of something cloth (like the finger gum cleaner thing) in their mouth, which isn't unpleasant. It also gets moved around their mouth by their tongue, which can help introduce them to the cleaning motion of a parent's finger.
I had to do this with my first one and she did really well with it and my second doesn't seem to have a problem with having her gums cleaned.
Good luck.

Anna - posted on 10/16/2010

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I started brushing my 9 month old's after his teeth came in, as his gums were too sensitive to start before that. I got a little baby-sized toothbrush and some Orajel baby tooth gel. I let him watch me wet the brush and put the gel on, and then I hold him in one arm, letting him hold a toy so he doesn't stick his hands in his mouth. The first time I let him suck on the brush a bit, so he could explore it and get to know it, and he really liked the taste of the tooth gel. I kept the brushing really short, only doing the two little teeth that he has, and I've been lengthening the brushings since that depending on if he seems comfortable or not. I think they last about 30 seconds to a minute, on average. I think the biggest thing that would help is to let baby play with the brush a bit. This is a new experience, after all, and your little one might be apprehensive. The flavored tooth gel helps a lot too (the one I got is fruit punch flavored).

Chelsea - posted on 10/14/2010

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there are these special tooth brushes and gum massagers that come with toothpaste with no flouride in it that u can u weither he has teeth or not u can buy them almost anywhere at places like walmart , target, albertsons vons...

Michele - posted on 10/13/2010

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I held my daughter when I brushed my teeth while she held her tooth brush and then I would try to brush her's. It took a while but it worked for us. Now she just knows to open up when she sees her brush.

Annetta - posted on 10/13/2010

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My son loves getting his teeth brushed! He first just loves playing with the brush. Maybe let him play with the brush as a toy. When he likes that try playfully to brush them.

Caitlin - posted on 10/13/2010

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I haven't tried yet, but maybe put a toothbrush in their hand and see if they put it in their mouth then use their hand and move it around on their gums and see if they like the feeling. Let them get comfortable with what the toothbrush looks like. Definately keep on trying, I'm in school to be a dental assistant and I know its really important. The cavities can go deep enough to get on the permanent teeth!

Ashley - posted on 10/13/2010

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well i think at this point its hard to try and make it fun but i suggest maybe singing or something about brushing the teeth if all else fails when crying it opens the mouth wide enough to get right in there i am having the same problem my daughter is 9 months she wont cry or push she doesnt open her mouth at alll i used to have the gum brush that goes on your finger i just got her a lil baby toothbrush the other day she has 8 teeth and i know the formula has to sit on the teeth so she needs it but isnt letting me do it HELP ME TOO LOL

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