brushing teeth HELP !!!!

Kendra - posted on 10/20/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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My baby is 18 months and have a mouth full of teeth he will not let me brush them, he hates the toothpaste, but loves the brush any suggestions? Needs HELP !!!!

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Noelle - posted on 10/25/2009

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I just began by giving my son a toothbrush and let him play with it. then transitioned to getting it in the bathroom. Once he realized it was a neat bathroom thing to do with mommy, he would sit on the toilet and watch me brush mine and would try to copy me. It began to be a morning routine. I didn't add childrens' toothpaste for a few weeks, just brush and water. I would have him smile at me so I could brush first, then it was his turn (he's currently huge on "my turn") We have since added in a small amount of toothpaste and are at the point of me brushing with the toothpaste then his "turn" is the rinsing with just plain water. It seems to be going well for a 2yr old.

Lyndsie - posted on 10/25/2009

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a g/f of ours works at a dentist office i had asked her b/c my daughter would not let us into brush either . she said as long as they will chew on the brush by themself that that was good enough so we did that for awhile and now i tell her mommys doing it first and then u can and now she lats me brush her teeth better then she ever has. and also try a diff. flavor of tooth paste

Beth - posted on 10/23/2009

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My daughter will be 2 in 8 days and she has been letting me brush her teeth since she was 6 months. We got a finger toothbrush. It's like a finger puppet but it's a tooth brush. She loves it. Try to get toothpaste with a flavor he likes. My 10 month old is the same way, she won't let us stick a toothbrush near her mouth without pitching a fit lol Good luck though.

Monet - posted on 10/23/2009

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Kids under the age of 2 really don't need any type of toothpaste, I finally got my son to brush his own teeth with an electric toothbrush. He at least gets the better then I would if I forced him. Good luck

Rose - posted on 10/22/2009

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let him do it himself and if he hates toothpaste so much don't use it. remember they are baby teeth they will fall out don't stress over it

Kendra - posted on 10/22/2009

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I am using the Toddler toothpaste and he HATES it, i tryed the games and everything

Gabrielle - posted on 10/22/2009

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You shouldn't be using regular toothpaste until they are able to spit. There is too much fluoride in it, especially if you are also supplementing! Also, toddlers don't need any of the common additions like whitening.

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My 14 m.o. daughter loves to chew on the toothbrush, with or without toothpaste. I got into the habit of brushing my teeth while holding her up to look and play in the mirror. Then I gave her a toothbrush, and it's been an evening ritual ever since. Still, there are some nights she's just not into it and I don't fuss.
I think this worked, at least in part, because it was low key and no pressure.

Shirley - posted on 10/22/2009

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I started to brush my daughters teeth when she was having her nightly bath ( so that it becomes routine) she too hated the toothpaste but unfortunately there is nothing you can do about it he just has to get used to it. Start by putting a really small amount on the brush, so that it is barely detectable but still has the mint smell and a little mint taste, then when he gets used to that add a little more tooth paste and rpt until you can put toothpaste on normally. The other thing that I do is I get her to say "la la la la laaaaa" we kind of sing her mouth open, it takes her mind off the brush and toothpaste as she is concentrating on singing and laughing. The last thing I do is I brush my daughters tongue as well as her teeth, she finds it funny and gets her used to the flavour of the toothpaste.

Traci-Lee - posted on 10/21/2009

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let him have the brush for a while show him how to do it while u are doing it yourself and find him a flavor that he likes that is safe for him to swollow eventually he will get to like it

Gabrielle - posted on 10/21/2009

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My daughter loves the fluoride pills that kids chew. That is her treat for getting her teeth brushed. I do it every day and she usually just acquiesces.

K.C. - posted on 10/21/2009

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If he loves the brush, let him brush with it alone. It's the elbow work that does most of the work anyway. In Oz we've got kiddies toothpaste that tastes like apple/banana and is safe to swallow, he might like something like that. I recently bought my lil one (who detested brushing teeth) a kidies battery operated toothbrush. Now she brushes her teeth about 6 TIMES A DAY!!! Oh, also there are kids toothbrushes that slip over your finger like a glove, you might have better control with that....good luck

Carolee - posted on 10/20/2009

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I hand my son the toothbrush with just the teeeniest bit of toothpaste on it. After he "brushes" for a while, I'll ask if Mommy can help (he does say "no" sometimes, and that's okay... I just ask again in a few minutes), and when he lets me, I do quick brushes while making him laugh. Now, he cries if I don't get the toothbrush ready fast enough. Good luck!

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Just let him brush with water. childrens toothpastes are mostly sugar anyways. at this age it is mostly about getting them in the habit. My son and I brush our teeth together in the morning and in the evening. he generally tries to copy whatever I am doing so I exaggerate brushing the different areas of my mouth. good luck!

Dani - posted on 10/20/2009

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My daughter was the same age and also had a full mouth of teeth. she loves having her picture taken so we tell her to say cheese. Then I stick my tongue out at her (another hit game) and of course she sticks hers out in return. Perfect time to get the tops and her tongue. Good luck. As for tooth pate there are a lot of different brands and flavors out there now, just keep trying new ones.

Candice - posted on 10/20/2009

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try letting him brush yours. i also tell her to say AAAAHHHH. it's still hit and miss though. sometimes she lets me, sometimes she doesn't. good luck!

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