BRUSHING 16 MONTH OLDS TEETH!

Ashley - posted on 11/28/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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OKAY MY DAUGHTER IS 16 MONTHS AND WILL NOT LET ME BRUSH HER TEETH! I'VE TRIED A REGULAR TOOTHBRUSH, LET HER PICK HER OWN. GOT AN ELECTRIC DORA ONE AND STILL SHE WILL NOT LET ME! IT'S A CONSTANT FIGHT. LIKE LITERALLY HOLDING HER DOWN AND I FEEL HORRIBLE FOR DOING SO. I NEED SOME HELP BECAUSE I DON'T WANT HER PRETTY LIL SMILE TO ROT AWAY. THANKS!

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Heather - posted on 12/02/2009

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Brush your teeth with her.. Make it look like you are having fun so she will want to try it too.. If you give her her own tooth brush the Dora one or whatever one she will start to do it too.. give it a little time.. My dentist said its not critical for kinda under 3 to brush thier teeth however it does start good habits.

Steffi - posted on 12/01/2009

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we brush our teeth together... my little one tries to copy me and we have lots of fun together...i also allow her to help me with brushing and she let help me

Angela - posted on 11/30/2009

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My daughter is two and she just recently is letting ME brush her teeth. I let her brush her own for awhile and than ask her to let me brush them. When we first started the biggest thing that helped was letting her brush my teeth, even if I wasn't brushing hers. Now we do the same but I brush hers while she brushes mine. While shes brushing hers I ask her to smile while she does it and let her look in the mirror, let her spit in the sink, and let her rinse her own toothbrush. Ive taught her to "brush her smile teeth"which is the front of them and she seems to enjoy it. Good luck and remember to just STICK WITH IT, it will happen eventually.

Sacha - posted on 11/30/2009

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See if you can get a referral to a pediatrician whose specialty is development, and they can tailor a plan based on your child's individual needs. I live in FL and have a resource at UF Shands in Gainsville, they worked on an IEP for her and it has been very helpful.
Best of luck.

Chandra - posted on 11/29/2009

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I had the same problems with my guy at about that age and we still sometimes struggle to get them brushed, but what I find to work best is that I have two toothbrushes and I ask my son (who is now 2) to brush my teeth with one and I brush his with the other, most of the time he is so preoccupied with brushing mine that he doesn't really notice or put up a fight with me.

Carolee - posted on 11/28/2009

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I let my son brush his own teeth for a while, then I ask if I can help. Sometimes it takes a few tries, but eventually he lets me help.

Elissa - posted on 11/28/2009

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y not let her do it her self..n then after a lil bit try n see if she will let you do it for her thats what we did wiht our daughter she was doing the same thing n thats what we did

Melanie - posted on 11/28/2009

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My daughter's dentist told me to use a wash rag with tooth paste and it's the same as using the tooth brush but still use the tooth brush after doing the wash rag to get them use to it ... Good Luck

Ashley - posted on 11/28/2009

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YEA I'VE GIVEN HER THE TOOTHBRUSH TO "DO IT HERSELF" BUT SHE WON'T GIVE IT BACK AND WHEN I DO GET IT BACK ITS A LET THROW OUR SELF AROUND DEAL...ITS CRAZY! THANKS FOR THE HELP

Amy - posted on 11/28/2009

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My son is about the same age and it is hard! He likes to just bite it and not let go. I usually try to brush them and then after I always give him the toothbrush to brush himself. This worked well for my older son, he is almost 3 and he is pretty good about it. Good Luck!

Tonya - posted on 11/28/2009

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Stay with it youll do fine. My son is 2 and has finally given into let me brush his teeth without argueing

Julie - posted on 11/28/2009

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Try singing a song to her while you brush her teeth, or you can brush your teeth and then give her the tooth brush to play with (not pressuring her to brush her teeth, just let her play with it). My kids (who have teeth) love brushing theirs, that's how I got them used to the tooth brush. Now, anytime they go into the bathroom, they are always trying to brush their teeth, lol. Good luck :)

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