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Old 03-24-2013, 08:25 PM   #11
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Re: Tips for brushing a toddler's teeth

I used a finger tooth brush, too. Or just gave their teeth a wipe down/little scrub with a wet washcloth.

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Old 03-24-2013, 09:27 PM   #12
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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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I have to pin DS down also, and I hate it. But he had some plaque buildup at his 12 month dental visit, so I knew I had to get serious about it. He's always hated brushing no matter what.
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:59 AM   #14
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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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Re: Tips for brushing a toddler's teeth

We always brush after the bath, and our method is remarkably uncreative:

1) Get baby out of bath, stand baby on floor
2) Wrap towel securely around baby, from head to toes, locking arms inside towel
3) Hold baby-burrito in arms and brush teeth, singing a song and making faces
4) Unwrap baby burrito and let baby play with the toothbrush for a little while as a reward for good behavior

Of course we've done this forever so he knows the routine and that resistance is futile.
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Dd is 18 months and we sit her on the toilet, I brush all her teeth (even the imaginary ones, she only has 2 real ones) and then she gets the brush to do it herself. If I tried to brush after her, there would be a melt down, so I do the "good" job before.
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Re: Tips for brushing a toddler's teeth

Thanks for the tips. I may have to do the pinning down one, or get my husband to help. The pinning down is good to keep in mind for other things. We had to put drops in her eyes for a week and my husband had to hold her down while I put the drops in and I kept wondering how single parents would do it.
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We take turns. If she lets me, I go first. If she really wants it I let her go first then say "my turn!" She is pretty good about it. If I don't let her have a turn it gets ugly.
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