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Old 03-24-2013, 05:30 PM   #1
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Tips for brushing a toddler's teeth

My daughter is 16 months. It's so hard to brush her teeth. She wants to hold the toothbrush herself and chew on it. I have to hold her hands and then try to get her teeth brushed a bit while she turns her head away and screams. I try giving her things to hold or distract her but she wants the toothbrush and she doesn't want mommy to touch it at all (I tried letting her hold it and I guide her). I do let her play with it after I'm done. I'm thinking of getting another toothbrush for her to use, though I can see just having to fight her to get it in her mouth while she sucks on the one. She is very independent and determined but she needs to have her teeth brushed. Any other ideas?
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Old 03-24-2013, 05:39 PM   #2
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Both of you have a tooth brush and brush at the same time?

Brush your teeth and have her "check" it with a tooth brush then have her brush her teeth and you get to "check" her teeth with a tooth brush (ie brush her teeth )

Use one of those finger brushes on your finger
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Old 03-24-2013, 05:48 PM   #3
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Both of you have a tooth brush and brush at the same time?

Brush your teeth and have her "check" it with a tooth brush then have her brush her teeth and you get to "check" her teeth with a tooth brush (ie brush her teeth )

Use one of those finger brushes on your finger
I got one of the finger brushes and a toothbrush and gave my 15 month old the toothbrush to hold. It worked great until he bit my finger that was inside the finger brush :/. He likes the finger brush though so I switched it up. It's still a bit of a struggle though.
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:04 PM   #4
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Both of you have a tooth brush and brush at the same time?

Brush your teeth and have her "check" it with a tooth brush then have her brush her teeth and you get to "check" her teeth with a tooth brush (ie brush her teeth )

Use one of those finger brushes on your finger
We started with this, and DS is very good about letting us finish brushing his teeth now. We usually include plying in the sink, rinsing, etc when time allows.
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Yup, isn't it fun? Sigh. I actually did give DD a second toothbrush bc at least while she was chewing on it i had a shot at wedging another one in there, lol. They make dog toothbrushes that sort of have "side" heads so that one swipe gets inner outer and top, I have seriously thought about getting one!
As she got older I picked up a tip to make them participate - use animals living in their mouth. Aka "sugar monkeys" and you have to brush them out. I ask to check if abby cadaby did a good job (she's on the toothbrush(. Tonite Abby missed BIG BIRD lol
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I use a trick I learned on here after I asked this 2 years ago. Lay them down with their arms spread out and their head between your legs. Put your legs on top of their arms to pin them down. Brush. Works great.

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I use a trick I learned on here after I asked this 2 years ago. Lay them down with their arms spread out and their head between your legs. Put your legs on top of their arms to pin them down. Brush. Works great.

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This is exactly what we do. It works so well. It feels a little mean, pinning her down like that, but DD is so used to it now she just lays right down most nights. I even floss her teeth like this. Sometimes she cries, but it actually works well for getting a really good brushing with her mouth wide open. And her "treat" afterwards is that she gets the toothbrush back and can brush them herself.
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Re: Tips for brushing a toddler's teeth

My daughter is 6 months older but I'm very proud of a new game we invented! We brush her sheep teeth (upper molars), her cow teeth (lower molars), her dog teeth (upper canines), her lion teeth (lower canines), her rabbit teeth (incisors). We switch up the animals sometimes - horse teeth, wolf teeth, snake teeth, bear teeth. She LOVES it, from having been very resistant to tooth-brushing. And it's like a little natural history lesson!
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I also have dd 16 mo and we used to have this problem. It isn't very creative, and it took a week or two of being consistent, but anytime she grabs for it I hold her hand down and say, "no! Mommy brush." Sometimes at the end I say, "okay, now Annabelle brush!" And let her have it for 30 seconds or so. I mostly skip that part now though.
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:44 PM   #10
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Re: Tips for brushing a toddler's teeth

I could have written this exact post! DD is also 16 months, and has been terrible about brushing her teeth lately. maybe I will try the finger toothbrush
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