Brushing a 1 year olds teeth

Jennifer - posted on 01/06/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Just wondering if anyone has a good system for brushing your toddlers teeth. Mine will "brush" her own but won't let me. Help

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Ricky - posted on 01/06/2011

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I sit my son on the counter by the sink (where he can play with the tap) and I tell him that mommy needs to brush his teeth first then its his turn. I then brush his teeth. When Im done I give him another brush with training toothpaste (so he can chew/suck on it and not have to swallow excess floride and ruin the good brush). As he is "brushing" his own teeth I brush mine to show him that mommy brushes her teeth as well.
I make sure Daddy follows the same routine. That way our son expects the same thing everytime

Destiny - posted on 05/07/2013

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My one year old daughter will not let me help her brush her teeth and i dont know what to do.

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Amy - posted on 01/08/2011

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I always had her brush and said oh, let mommy see. and then go oh oh, missed a spot! and brushed quick then tickled the top of her mouth with the brush. She thought it was hilarious.

If the finger ones work for people, awesome. my son tried to bite me with those. I'd rather not get bitten.

Sarah - posted on 01/08/2011

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My son gets very excited when it's time to brush his teeth (he's 15 months). He thinks the purpose of brushing his teeth is to eat the yummy toothpaste I guess lol. I like the other's idea about the finger brush making sure you get the teeth clean as possible. Then allow her to "brush" her own teeth, since she likes to do that so much. :)

Crystal - posted on 01/07/2011

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my son got 3 teeth when he turned 3 mos... i let my son start playing with little toothbrush around 5 mos eventually i would brush my teeth than brush his than let him "brush his own teeth" my son is 11 1/2 mos now. i would say brush your teeth than either u do it than let them play with the brush munch on it or something there just curious use " we will brush our teeth now"

Kristy - posted on 01/07/2011

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We have been brushing my son's teeth since he was 3 months old (his first tooth popped up the week he turned 3 months) :) Now he is almost 11 months and we have encountered him not wanting to let us brush also, I still have the finger brush that comes as a baby's first toothbrush, he gets his own toddler toothbrush and we use the fingerbrush. Its excellent control, and super easy to use! It also helps that our son looks forward to brushing his teeth in the morning and before bed! Lol :)))

Kristina - posted on 01/07/2011

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I tell him , "First me, then you brush." Then I just start brushing his teeth. But I will always keep my promise and let him brush his teeth after I have made sure all his are done well. If it is an outriht refusal still, Use your brush to brush your teeth and have him mirror you with his toothbrush. Position the toothbrush bristles up or down to make sure he is getting a good clean. Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 01/06/2011

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I always found that the toothbrushes that fit on your finger work the best. My youngest is almost 3 and HATES for me to brush his teeth still, especially the front of his bottom teeth. The finger tooth brushes allow me to have a little more controll. Just watch for the biting! LOL :)

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