my son will be a year tomorrow and i am trying to get him to brush his teeth for the past.......

Alicea - posted on 06/12/2010 ( 20 moms have responded )

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ok so i have been trying to get my son to brush his teeth for the past 3 months and he doesnt want to and doesnt like to and he will be a year tomorrow, how am i suppost to get him into brushing his teeth with out having to fight him over it?

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My son played withthe toothbrush for months. You want them to learn good habits, not be terrifed of it. Or denist said anything was better then nothing, an dif we could get him to at least chew on it, at least we were doing something. He's 2 1/2 now and at about 18 months learned to move the brush around his mouth as though he was brushing. He love the tooth brush and has had most of his teeth since he was 9 months

Yvonne - posted on 06/15/2010

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afraid i haven't got any advice on how to do it now, but if you have another child start with a soft brush as soon as they get their 1st tooth its so important to get them used to it straight away. Out of the 8 or so foster children i've had i did this with all of them and most of them were brushing their own teeth(with my assistance) by the time they were 18 months old,teeth are not self cleaning if they grow close together food and residue from juice gets stuck in between and can only be brushed out properly.

Shalini - posted on 06/14/2010

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hi....we got a nice flavoured tooth paste and a cartoon charactered brush for our son and after that he likes brushing his teeth daily..........i think that will help u:)

Jamie - posted on 06/14/2010

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try getting him the kids tooth past that has flavoring in it and let him pick out the tooth brush . Brush your teeth at the same time that he is going to brush his

Teresa - posted on 06/14/2010

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Wow, lots of mixed replys. First off, does he see you brushing your teeth? I got my kids interested by letting them go with me to get ready for bed in the bathroom, and I would get ready with them. They saw me doing a routine, and that helped establish that it is something that has to be done. If I'm doing it, they should too. This also makes them curious as to what I am doing, and children naturally mimic their parents.

The more exposure to the routine and they will want to try to. At first it was a bit hard, and they wanted to do it on their own, so I would brush them once then let them do it after I had, or vise versa, which ever they were more prone to agreeing to. With my son I had to buy him a musical brush to encourage him. He brushed until the music was done, then I did a quick go over to make sure all the spots were covered. My daughter is just learning, but never puts up a fight. She thinks its something fun, and loves to feel like a big kid.

MELISSA - posted on 06/14/2010

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I'VE BEEN BRUSHING HIS TEETH FOR A FEW MONTHS, HAVE YOU TRIED THE ONE FOR BRUSHING GUMS AND TEETH, IT'S A RUBBERIE THING AND IT COMES WITH A SMALL TUBE OF PASTE, IT'S FROM ORALJEL...I'M USING A TOOTH BRUSH BUT I STARTED OUT WITH THE OTHER THING..GOOD LUCK

Lea - posted on 06/14/2010

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I brushed my son's teeth for him with non-fluoride training gel until he was 2. Then we did it at the sink - he has his own toothbrush and I have one and help him as he learns to do it himself. I think you might have unrealistic expectations about what a 1-year-old can do by themselves. Keep brushing his teeth for him until about age 2 (he can reach the sink with a stool)

Alicea - posted on 06/13/2010

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thank u all for the wonderfull advice and great ideas i will have to try them all out and see whitch one will work the best

Rachelle - posted on 06/13/2010

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I started brushing my daughters teeth since she first got them but as she got older she didnt want to let me use a real toothbrush so I bought one of the kids electric toothbrushes and she loves it, I brush her teeth and then I let her do it herself.

Hirono - posted on 06/13/2010

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For brushing time, I've let my son brush his own teeth for few minutes, then I take over and brush his. Also I brush my teeth at the same time he does, and he likes to mock me, so that helps too. He still hates it, but he stops being fussy after a bit, so I just go with it.

Also I use Tom's of Maine's silly strawberry toothpaste. And he LOVES it. It's made all natural and has real strawberries for the flavor so I get it. It's a bit pricey compared to the other toothpaste, but he doesn't use much toothpaste so I get it. I hope this helps.

Christi - posted on 06/13/2010

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he won't be able to do it himself for a while. my son loves the baby toothpaste flavors and doesn't really fight me.

Zoe - posted on 06/12/2010

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i started to brush my sons teeth from an early age as i was advised by his cardiologist.He didn't like it and would scream. If i had a choice i probably wouldn't have brushed his teeth for so long due to the screaming but i had no choice. about a week ago i took him into the bathroom with me to do the morning routine and as i was brushing my teeth he climbed up to the sink and started brushing his own .I think it is just alot of perseverance. also if you are using a minty toothpaste some kids dont like in and prefer the fruit ones, i had to get strawberry one for my son. he is 18 months .You should deffinatle not force the issue unless you have a good reson to

Ali - posted on 06/12/2010

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This is a batlte that you must choose and WIN. There was a stage with my first in which I had to literally pin him down and brush while he cried. I knew for a fact that I was not hurting him.... that he just didn't like being forced to do anything. But, I knew he needed to brush. I finally came up with a more fun way to go about it. We play "get all the sugar bugs" and as we hunt for those pesky "sugar bugs" he has to remember all the food he ate that day. If you don't found all the sugar bugs they'll eat your teeth at night. Both my boys like this game and it works like a charm!

Deanna - posted on 06/12/2010

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I started both my kids when they started getting teeth. I would lay them on the bed a speak in a funny voice. I would say silly things about brushing teeth. They would smile and I would brush. Now, my son (21 mths) opens his mouth and says aaaaaahhhh everytime I say, "Let's brush your teeth."

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Do you mean HE'S not brushing his own teeth, or YOU are having trouble brushing his teeth. Because you should be the one brushing his teeth for a few years.

But if you mean that you are having a hard time brushing his teeth, then you just have to do it. I bought a toothbrush that plays music while you brush (it was less than $1 at Walgreens so I bought several). It amuses my daughter enough for her to remain calm while I brush. Also, we make silly faces at each other with a sound effect for each face. For example, I'll do a big cheesy grin and say, "EEEEE!!!" and when she copies I'll brush her front teeth. When I feel her teeth have been significantly brushed, I'll give her the brush and let her have at it. I've also let her "brush" my teeth (with my toothbrush). Sometimes when she sees me brushing my teeth, she wants to copy and brush her own teeth, so I let her. Also, try a flavored toothpaste. They make flavored toothpaste without fluoride for the little ones.

Laurie - posted on 06/12/2010

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My son is just past two and a half and has only just started to to let my husband brush his teeth in the last month or so. I had been trying off and on for several months before hand but he wouldn't go for it. He has his milk and one story before bed, then a quick teeth brushing to get the milk out and whatever else can be reached in the short amount of time he will tolerate having his teeth brushed, then back to bed for another story or two then lights out.

Something I saw on Super Nanny that worked well is to allow the child to brush his own teeth while he holds a small make up mirror in front of himself so he can see what he is doing. The children on Super Nanny were much older - about three or four - and their parents had been doing it the way Tasha suggests. There was a lot of fighting going on as the tooth brushing was fairly rough since the kids were struggling. It was a bit of a vicious circle - I am sure the parents were not intending to be that rough but felt it was the only way to get the kids teeth brushed. Once the kids were allowed to do it themselves the struggles stopped. Whether that will work for a one year old I don't know. Try the mirror and also brushing your own teeth at the same time so he copies you. I wouldn't force the issue - if you can get him to brush even once and a while at first that will probably be enough. You might also try an electric tooth brush - maybe the vibration will interest him enough to try brushing or let you do it.

Leah - posted on 06/12/2010

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my son is almost 2 and he still dont brush his teeth his just getting interested now..

i heard your not supposed to not brush there teeth until they are ready because when they are babys until like around 2-3 there teeth are self cleaning

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my oldest daughter gave me trouble and what i did was lay her on the floor with NO toothpaste on the brush just water (dentist said it was best) then I would sit over her to help pin her arm hold her head with one hand and brush with the other. The nice part is you are on your knees so it doesnt hurt them and u get the job done! Good luck!

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