June 2012 Moms

Brushing Teeth Tips?

DS suddenly hates it when I brush his teeth now. I have tried new toothbrushes and a new paste. He fights me tooth and nail. I know he's cutting a couple of teeth, but I would think that brushing would feel good since he's gnawing on anything else he can get hold of. Any tips on what to try to make this easier?
             

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Re: Brushing Teeth Tips?

  • Just have one available for him to chew on all the time. Also, try freezing a wet wash cloth with a bit of toothpaste in it and see if you can use that or get him to knaw on it.

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  • My doctor said at this age I did not need to use toothpaste, that water is enough. Maybe try just water for a while?
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  • We also just use water and let her play with it when we are done. I also make a really big deal and clap and cheer and tell her she is such a big girl when we are done. She LOVES it!
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  • We do it in front of her & hand her her own tooth brush. She'll do it right along with us! May not be the most effective way to "clean" her teeth, but it gets the job done.
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  • My LO was fighting me too until my husband shows me that he holds her or stands her up on the sink to brush her teeth.  I was doing it laying down while on her changing pad.  I do it standing now and sing to her.  Total difference!
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  • MAM makes a brush teether. It's called Bite & Brush. They sell it at Target. DS seems to like it.
  • This is my DS as well...he clamps his mouth tightly when he sees the brush...I even tried singing and watching teeth brushing videos with Elmo...no luck!
  • DD usually lets me brush her teeth, but sometimes I have to let her clean my teeth while I clean hers...
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  • We just prep DD's tooth brush (minus toothpaste) at the same time as we prep ours and then as a family brush our teeth while DH or I hold her. She use to just chews on the toothbrush, but now has started to try to brush like we do. I just want to get the habit established so I am not overly worried about effectiveness right now. 

    During her last teething episode, she didn't want to brush at all. She would just throw the toothbrush. 
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  • I think teething was a big part of our problem. He now tolerates a brush now and then. I gave him a big toothbrush to play with, and he'll chew on that from time to time. For regular brushing, I use the finger brush again, and he seems to like that for a little bit. I can at least brush either the top or the bottom before he clamps his trap shut again.
                 

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  • Before I start brushing his teeth, I tell DS to say "aaahhh." He opens his mouth and makes the sound too. He does it the whole time I brush his teeth.

    Maybe your DS would like making the sound. Worth a shot!
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  • Before I start brushing his teeth, I tell DS to say "aaahhh." He opens his mouth and makes the sound too. He does it the whole time I brush his teeth. Maybe your DS would like making the sound. Worth a shot!
    we do that too.
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  • I pretend to brush my teeth with her brush and make silly sound effects and act goofy (what a sight!). Than I ask her to do the same. I let her hold the brush for a little and then I try to take over.
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