teeth brushing

Kristy - posted on 01/12/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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i have a 17 month old who i am having difficulty with brushing his teeth he keeps closing his mouth and turning away the split second he does let me in i praise him but he does the same thing and starts screaming i have tried teaching him to do it himself but he is not interested

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I'm so glad to hear I'm not alone! David's 19 months and does exactly the same thing. Tonight I had to try and force his mouth open and managed to get a quick brush at the top and bottom but it's a complete mission! He closes his eyes, shakes his head and says "NO'! Little Monster!

Rachel - posted on 02/24/2009

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i got my daughter to brush her teeth by copying me.  She copied everything else i do so I asked her one day if she wanted to brush her teeth like mommy and so far she brushes her own teeth and she's 16 months.  She's even showed interest already in the potty.

Demetria - posted on 01/21/2009

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My son used to hate brushing his teeth but he loves stickers so i made a toothbrushing chart on Microsoft Word with two spaces for every day of the week. Each time he brushes he gets to pick a sticker and put on the chart. He began to like his independence and soon rushed to brush his teeth. Incentive always works.

Kelly - posted on 01/19/2009

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I give my son a toothbrush so he can do it himself and then while he plays in the water rinsing it off I can get in there and brush, too.  We make it a game and take turns - he does one side and then I do the other then we switch.  But I think by letting him do it first he thinks it's his idea.  But maybe my kid is just wierd and loves brushing his teeth.  He asks to do it often!  Don't get me wrong, we do have our bad days where nothing makes him happy (usually when he is too tired) and he won't open his mouth for me because only he wants to do it and that is ok with me.  I pick my battles :)

Demontica - posted on 01/19/2009

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the way i got my daughter interested in brushing her teeth was by buying a tooth brush that lit up and sang a song--i think i brought it from walmart--and we would brush our teeth together and since many kids want to be "big" kids and do what mommy does she loved it because she thought it was so grown up like mommy---good luck!

Lauren - posted on 01/19/2009

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I know how you feel. My son's dentist (was mine as a child, also. Lol) showed me a good way to do it, but it takes two people. You lay your child's body in one person's lap and his head in your lap, then tilt his chin UP toward you. You can brush really well then. But it's challenging! Good luck

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I brush my son's teeth after he has his puffers and sometimes after he eats. originally I just gave it to him and since he puts everything in his mouth he was interested in the feeling of the bristles. I make it kind of like a game and he really enjoys it, maybe try offering it to him, as you would a toy, throughout the day and he might get used to it being around. I don't know if your using toothpaste with it but he could not like the taste, I just use water on my son's and it rinses his mouth out pretty well. Keep with it though he'll get used to it eventually, but try everything until you find wat works best :)

best of luck

Deanna - posted on 01/12/2009

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When I buy my daughter a toothbrush I let her hold it throughout the store (Mind you that has to be the first item you pick up). So that way she can become accustomed to what the toothbrush might be. When I first started brushing my daughter's teeth I would brush mine first and then let her mimick me. She soon caught on to the idea that this was a fun thing to do. So sometimes she sits on the counter when I brush my teeth and she brushes her teeth as well. She even mimicks the spitting part...lol. I also let her brush her teeth by herself. She may not do that good of a job but it's a start. Just be patient and he'll catch on.

Natalie - posted on 01/12/2009

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Can i suggest taking him to the shop to pick out his own special toothbrush!!!!!!

Kellie - posted on 01/12/2009

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i would just keep up the progress and maybe do it in the bath so if he makes a mess its ok  and if he doesnt like the tooth brush there are other ways of keeping their lil chomps clean eg an apple day  or let him suck a face cloth in the bath and let him rub his own teeth that way  thats how i started with my daughter at a young age and b4 u know it they r doing by themselves. and now she loves doing it and reminds everyone else do it lol

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