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    Default Teeth Cleaning

    How do you get your LO to let you clean their teeth, or even to get them to do it? DD is nearly 18 mths and we have a terrible time trying to get her to let us get near her teeth!

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    My DS is almost 20 months. I give him a wet toothbrush every time I brush and he "brushes" his teeth. Really he just chews it and sucks the water off. He really enjoys it though.

    Once he's had a turn I tell him it's 'mummy's turn' and I quickly brush the top surface of his molars. That's about all I can manage with him still trying to chew it. I then get the rest by wiping a wet soft, thin face washer over them.

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    Giggle gave you good advice.

    You could also try letting your LO choose their own toothbrush, or buy one that plays a tune (this worked for my DS).

    Macleans also have a free brushing app designed specifically for young kids that may help. It's of a cartoon toothbrush and plays a tune, pretty cool

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    We've had a much easier time of it with our second dd who is now 18 months.

    Two main differences:

    1. This time we are using an electric toothbrush (which I think she finds a fun sensation and noise)

    2. She has a big sister she watches and really wants to do everything big sis does. She comes running when I say "It's time to brush your teeth!"

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    With dd I've started playing games with her trying to get her to open her mouth and say aaaargh, tonight I managed to get her to say aargh a couple of times and got the toothbrush in and did a little cleaning then ended up giving her a toothbrush and while she tried to brush/stab my tonsils she let me brush her teeth

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    I brush DS in the high hair, it's still not fun but we get it done much more easily

    DS is almost 18 mths

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    my dentist told me to put dd in a headlock if she resists. I thought he was joking but he was serious!! I don't do that tho.. I just got her about 5 different types of brushes and she picks which she wants to use.


 

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