How can I get my 18th month old to brush her teeth.

Charmaine - posted on 06/12/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My 18th month old always imitates brushing her teeth when she sees me brushing my teeth and I'll let her brush her own teeth but you know, she doesn't really do a good job mostly just mimics me. I really need to get her to let me brush her teeth but she won't let me and she'll fight and cry and that makes me angry cuz I need to get her to brush her teeth. What can I do to get her to let me brush her teeth before her teeth start getting really bad??

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Dana - posted on 06/15/2009

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Hello Charmaine, well first and for most, its good that you are starting your 18 months to learn how to brush her teeth, it does take time, so you could make it as a routine, when she gets up in the morning or goes to bed. You need to make sure the tootbrush you buy her is a soft one and is for beginner only, let her first learn to grap the tootbrush and learning how to hold it proparly and then slowly teach her how to brush it in front of the mirror, then teach her to open her mouth and brush the inside, they obviously wont do it the way we do it, put in mind she is only 18 mts, i started my little one when he was only 2 and now he is just learning to put on his own tooth paste and brush proper, he is now 3 yrs old. I hope this helps

Krista - posted on 06/15/2009

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I was told you have to brush their teeth for them until their 8 because it wont get done properly so dont stress my boy just sucks of the toothpaste.

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I had a tough time brushing my son's teeth but what I did is to sing a silly rhyming song to distract him. He loves animals so i'd just start naming a bunch of different animals in a sing-song way and he does fine. I'd brush his teeth facing him and he sees me singing and making exaggerated faces and sometimes i have to let him hold another toothbrush. Worked wonders for me! Good luck!

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I started out with mine holding them on my lap and tipping them back so I could see in their mouth. I would do what they would let me do, telling them to open big or say "Eeee" (like smiling, to see their front teeth). Over time we get this down pretty well and they let me brush all their teeth.

To get my son to open wide, we would tell him to show us him monster teeth, and he would roar and open his mouth. I could usually get in a few good swipes with the brush that way. My husband would help out and peek around the bathroom door making silly faces to make my son laugh, and I could brush that way too.

Another thing that helped starting out was to stand him on the counter so he could see what I was doing in the mirror. Just make it fun and tell them good job! Keep at it and over time they will let you brush them all.

Amanda - posted on 06/12/2009

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I always allow my children to freely have teeth brushing sessions. When they were little I would allow them to carry their small tiny toothbruch around and encourage them to have "shiney teeth" that I would pretend would blind me! Sounds silly yes but it makes it fun! And then I would allow them to brush my teeth and say "Let mommy see if she can brush your teeth" and then i would let them, after I had brushed, get what Imissed! All three of my children loved this and still love brushing their teeth! My three year old tells me when it's time to brush his teeth! hahaha

Heather - posted on 06/12/2009

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Hi Charmaine, I had the same problem as you when my now 5 year old daughter didnt want help with brushing her teeth. So I figured out that if I made a game out of it, that she allowed me to brush her teeth. Of course at that age, her teeth will not get bad as long as she is eating healthy and not a bunch of junk food. She sounds like she wants to do things on her own. Maybe if you let her brush your teeth she might let you brush hers. Make it fun, or you will continue to struggle with this later on down the road. I hope that helps! =)

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